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Culture

We're interested in anything and everything! You're sure to find other people in Next with similar interests as you - whether it be playing a varsity sport or just going for a casual run, playing in MIT's best musical ensembles or just jamming in the music room, acting, singing, playing board and video games, building cool techy projects, doing recreational math, sleeping (sometimes...), cooking, or eating - we do it all!

But, despite our huge range of interests, the one thing that we all have in common is that we love to have fun, and we're friendly and engaging!

To learn more about what it means to be a Next House resident, please take a look at our Community Standards Handbook. To see what we're up to, check out our Next Exec Meeting Minutes. To learn about some of our student groups, see the descriptions and websites below.

Social

Next is one of the most social dorms on campus! We have regular study breaks and social events so you can take a break from those psets, an annual fall formal so you can dance the away, and an annual ski trip so you can breeze down a snowy mountain (...or tumble on your behind, if you've never been skiing before). Some other big social events that we've had include wing competitions, Next Island, Mardi Gras, and the incredible Impulse party.






But that's just part of the story - just walk through any wing of Next in the evening and you'll find a hustle-bustle of action. People will be in lounges working on psets together - having a good time while getting some work done. Others will be cooking, jamming in the music room, watching TV, playing video games, or just chilling and having a good time. It's these smaller, impromptu social gatherings that really define the warmth and friendly atmosphere of Next.






Residential Peer Mentors

Next House is one of four dorms with the Residential Peer Mentor (RPM) Program. This means that in addition to being assigned a faculty advisor and associate advisor, you and other first year students living on your floor will also be paired with an upperclass Nextie who serves as your Peer Mentor. The Peer Mentors are here to be a resource and to help you in any way you may need while navigating your first year here at Next House and the Institute. You’ll hear from Next's Peer Mentors later this summer!

Next Act

Next Act is our annual, student-run musical. Every year, we transform our huge tastefully furnished lounge (TFL) on the first floor into an awesome theater, and put on a great show for CPW. Everyone in the show - including the actors, actresses, prod staff, and pit orchestra - are students from Next and all around campus. There's a wide range of experience levels, too - for some it's their first time being in a show, while others have been in so many shows it's hard to keep count! Next Act is open to everyone, and it's sure to be a lot of fun.

Check out the Next Act website for more info!

Next Art

Next Art encompasses all sorts of visual arts, including arts and crafts with some visual component, ranging from traditional charcoal sketching to needle felting. Nexties are welcome to hang out and make art at weekly Art Evenings, put on a fancy outfit for Next Art's super-classy Bad Art Night, or learn new skills in student-led art workshops.

Check out the Next Art website for more info!

Next Exec

Next Exec is our student government. Exec is responsible for running the housing lotteries, planning social events and study breaks, managing finances, keeping in touch with alumni, and generally making sure Next House doesn't burn down.

There are a bunch of people on Next Exec - you can meet them here!

Next Football Club

Next Football Club (Next FC) was founded to provide a competitive yet amiable soccer game to not only Nexties but any player who smiles at the idea of moving around some grass with a rubber sphere of air. Next FC is one of Next's largest student groups. Members regularly hold practice and play in leagues (and play their fair share of FIFA). Forza Next!

This is the Next FC website!

Next Haunt

Next Haunt designs and operates a haunted real-life escape the room game for the MIT community each Halloween. It takes place in a 240 sq ft free standing wooden structure that we build in our basement throughout the month of October. Real-life escape the room games are physical adventures in which groups are locked in a room and must use elements in the room to solve a series of puzzles, find clues, and escape the room within a set time limit.

Find out more about spooky happenings at the Next Haunt website!

Next-Make

Next-Make is a group dedicated to building cool, techie projects and generally furthering Mens et Manus at MIT. Past years' projects included the Next House Party Lighting System. Consisting of high-intensity color, white, and UV LED's and real-time music analysis software, the party lighting system was designed, built, wired, and coded completely from scratch by Next Make members who love electronics, software, and mechanical design. The lighting system premiered at the Next House Impulse party in February and drew over 500 students from across campus.

Find out about our more recent projects at the Next-Make website and indulge your inner coder at the GitHub!

Next Service

Next Service is Next's friendly community service organization. Some past projects include a talent show fundraiser, a pi day contest to raise money for Active Minds, Charles River cleanups, and sorting clothes with Cradles to Crayons.

NextSustain

Next Sustain is a group dedicated to building a sustainable community in Next House. We hold events and head initiatives to improve the energy, water, and waste management in the dorm while encouraging students to be more environmentally friendly in their daily lives.

Check out the NextSustain website!