Early in my Olin career, I wrote a set of guiding priorities for my time here, and preferably after. This was in response to realizing I didn't really like the concept of life goals - for me, it seemed too much like "things I won't be satisfied with my life if I don't finish", and I don't know enough about my life yet (if I ever will!) to have that kind of list. On the other hand, I've also found too much aimlessness impairs the pursuit of excellence, and I like having some reference point for reflecting how things are going. The list was an attempt at reconciling both those ideas - it falls somewhere in the middle ground between goals ("If I have done X, I have succeeded") and values ("If I am X, I am successful). They all involve verbs, and they are all evaluated in the present tense ("If I am doing X or currently fulfill X condition, I am currently succeeding").
I intended all of them to be valid "for a long time" - either forever, or at least for the next large chunk of the future. So I feel just a little old and creaky realizing what seemed like such a large chunk of future has now passed, and I can now check off the first of those priorities to be successfully retired. Woah!
So now the silver bullets, project preferences, skills and majors of the SCOPE students go into a giant algorithm along with each project's requirements, which spits out a bunch of potential team distributions that a human team reviews, and by some time Tuesday the class of 2013* will officially be sorted into teams for this years 14 projects: listed here, along with more information about the SCOPE program in general. Poke through the list - it's a awesome program with an awesome set of sponsors.
*minus a handful doing ADE as capstone