MIT Can Help You Add "Pirate" To Your Resume

It’s hard to get into Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), but if you do, you not only have a chance to earn a great education and get plugged into an enviable alumni network, you also have the chance to earn the MIT Pirate Certificate. In 2011, the Department of Athletics began issuing MIT pirate certificates to students who completed specific requirements. The biggest part of the pirate challenge is getting into the appropriate courses, as they fill up in minutes. That means MIT gives the distinction to only around 50 students a year. The courses you need to pass as an MIT student include pistol (or rifle), archery, sailing and fencing. Since sailing requires passing a swimming test, successful pirates have wrapped up their Physical Education requirements with a hearty arrr, arrr, arrr. Of course, life as an MIT pirate doesn’t mean sailing the high seas plundering and pillaging. The certificate is for entertainment purposes only. The certificates, authorized by the swashbuckling Institute are printed on faux parchment and affirm that the named “salty dog” is entitled to a pirate certificate with all its privileges and obligations. So, not only can you get a good education at MIT, you can also put “pirate” on your resume.