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Jess K. '10

Apr 17 2013

Donate for Eric and Ann Whalley

Posted in: Miscellaneous

Hi everyone,

The short version is this: please give anything you can to support the parents of a 2010 alum, who were both victims of the bombing and are both in serious condition, at

My name is Jess Kim, and I'm a 2010 alum. I've tried to make sense of the tragedy that happened in Boston this Monday, knowing full well that that may never happen. My heart is broken for Boston and the victims of this horrifying tragedy. This post is about two particular victims - the parents of a good friend of mine, and a fellow MIT alum, Rich Whalley '10.

On Monday evening, Rich posted on Facebook that his mom and dad had been at the finish line and he was unable to locate them. He had seen his a photo of his dad in the news reports of the bombing but had heard nothing about his mom (warning: graphic images ahead). We called every hospital in the Boston area until we were able to find them at two separate facilities; since then, these have been very long and... read the post »


Jun 25 2012

Advice From The Elderly

Posted in: Best of the Blogs, Miscellaneous, Prepare for MIT

To the class of 2016 -

My name is Jess, and I graduated in 2010. That makes me twenty-three whole years old. I am impossibly old. I am improbably old. According to science (and by science I am obviously referring to Science Magazine, who published a study on my expected lifespan in their spring 2010 edition) I should have died by now, considering the way I continue to regularly eat peanut butter straight from the jar, or food that has fallen on the floor. I am probably the age of some of your older brothers or sisters, with whom I am competing for a space in an attentive yet flexible elderly care facility. When I was 18, I don't think I even knew anyone who was in their 20s, but now you do, and I am here to represent my decade of twenty-somethings (my least favorite phrase after "meat lover," "panty-dropping," and "we're all out of tacos") by giving you some elderly-person advice.

(Although I am not as old as a postdoc in my lab who shall remain unnamed to protect the aging, who... read the post »


Jun 18 2012

Rambax MIT Goes To Senegal

Posted in: Miscellaneous

This week in blog entries posted by people who no longer go to MIT, and sometimes go to trivia together, and eat each other's nachos: my name is Jess, and I graduated in 2010. That doesn't mean I'm not allowed to still take advantage of the incredible opportunities MIT has to offer, although it does mean that people sometimes look at me funny as I'm doing it. As an undergrad I played with a drumming group called Rambax, MIT's best (and only) Senegalese drumming (also known as "sabar") ensemble, and this January we had the amazing option to actually go to Senegal and work with drummers there. Oh, and did I mention it was free? Sponsored by some generous donations from several departments at MIT, we were able to spend two glorious weeks studying under genuine Senegalese griots (sabar drummers), learning to dance the Senegalese way, and eating lots and lots of ceebujen (fish and rice). And I got to film it all happening. Check it out:

One of the best parts about Rambax is that you... read the post »


May 30 2011

Appreciating America in Tokyo (or Things I Never Finished, Part Two)

Posted in: Academics & Research

(I wrote this entry after spending three months working in Tokyo for use by MISTI - MIT Science and Technology Initiative, an amazing program that sets you up with internships abroad and funds your entire trip - but it never got posted. I'm posting it today because it's Memorial Day, and if you can't be patriotic on Memorial Day, when *can* you be patriotic?)(Oh, alright. Duh. President's Day.)

(For those of you who don't remember me, I'm a '10 graduate who once spent three months working in Tokyo. That's about all the backstory you need. Also, nice to meet you!)

You would be hard-pressed to find a piece of technology as varied in usability, as widely distributed in height, as completely and utterly mysterious as the Japanese toilet. From the bare minimum squat toilet in the ground that is commonly found in public bathrooms, train stations, and unfortunately, at my work place, to the highest of high-end seat-warming bidets that opens the lid automatically upon the user's entrance,... read the post »

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Jun 8 2010

Things I Never Finished

Posted in: Miscellaneous

I graduated last Friday - such a simple statement to encapsulate so many emotions! - but I'm still not done. On the plane home I began writing the last and final entry I would write for MIT Admissions, but I realized there are a lot - and I mean a LOT - of entries I intended to write that I never had time to finish. In fact, I had a whole file of blog.txt files on my computer (blog2.txt, blog3.txt, blog4.txt…all the way to blogwhateva.txt, since I was so tired of numbering them) that never got finished, and unfortunately were usually never applicable months later, and thus never got posted.

So this entry is a tribute to those never-posted blog entries, whether they stemmed from ideas or were just introductions to things I intended to write at one point or another. Today, we pay tribute to those we lost along the way, those that were too tired or sickly or too weary to make it (meaning, I fell asleep while writing and never got back to them): the great, never-finished blog entries.... read the post »

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