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Keri G. '10

Jan 14 2016

The Stars Look Very Different Today

Posted in: Miscellaneous, Life & Culture

When I was fifteen, in the summer between tenth and eleventh grades, I spent three weeks at nerd camp. I was what multiple exes have described as "too goddamn independent" and my mother, much as I love her, was a wee bit very overprotective. The program satisfied her need to have me in a rigorous academic environment and my need to be really, really far away from home for a bit.

One afternoon that summer, while about eight of us were hanging out in one person's room after class, someone put on David Bowie's "Space Oddity." Everyone in the room sang along to the entire song as loudly as they could – except me, having never heard it before because... eh, who cares why? It's not central to this story. I listened and watched as this happened, amazed at how well a single song had made everyone around me feel like maybe maybe mayyyyyybe they finally weren't the only oddball around anymore.

This happened at least three more times before the end of the program. By the fourth time, I... read the post »


Aug 8 2014

How To Fumble Your Way Through MIT and Still Turn Out Pretty Okay

Posted in: Miscellaneous

Sometime in the last four years, between graduation and, oh, a week ago, I decided I wanted to be a doctor when I grew up. (A brief introduction for the uninitiated: My name is Keri, I used to write here, and as a student, I did not want to be a doctor when I grew up.) As a result, I’ve been spending my summer writing essay after essay for twenty-three medical schools to show them who I am: a wonderful, accomplished, compassionate human being who plays well in the sandbox with others and is juuuuuust competent enough to make a halfway decent doctor. I've also been working full-time, because that seems to be a thing that self-supporting adults do. The illusion of adulthood: it continues.

In the last month and a half, I have become a more prolific writer than ever before; naturally, 99% of the words spewing forth from my facehole have been inappropriate for my med school applications. Three weeks ago, I wrote a no-fail guide to cleaning my bathroom instead of writing about my most... read the post »


Apr 17 2012

11 Reasons Why Senior Haus is Awesome

Posted in: Visit, Life & Culture

What up, y'all? I don't go to MIT anymore!

...okay, so I work here, and I'm actually on campus about as often as when I was still a student. Whatever. It ain't the same.

For those of you who don't remember me: hi! Nice to meet you! I'm Keri Garel, class of 2010, and in the blogger world, I am old and retired. I was Course 9, and now I'm a research assistant in a cognitive science lab (the very lab Lydia blogged about in her post on dyslexia!). As a student, I lived in Senior Haus. Matt once said that I was Senior Haus; I was president in 2008, ran Steer Roast in 2009, took all of the pictures of all of the things, and own so many variations of the Sport Death shirt that at this point it's probably cheaper to just turn myself into a giant skull.

Long story short, I loved living there. It was my home. And before moving into my temp dorm as a freshman (spoiler: I didn't stay) and checking out Senior Haus during REX, I'd never imagined that that it would be the place for me. If... read the post »


Jul 26 2010

In which I screwed up a lot

Posted in: Miscellaneous

Things you should not do on Athena, not even accidentally, because it will wreak havoc on any link you have made to anything in it ever ever ever: Delete your Public folder. Even if you try and fix it two minutes later and create a new Public folder and put everything back in your Athena locker, the damage will still be done.

So here's a lesson for you: never delete your Public. NEVER DELETE YOUR PUBLIC. If you are trying to delete an item in your Public that you do not want there anymore and you have done this a thousand times before and twelve times already that morning, you will probably accidentally delete the entire folder anyway and then you will be made of fail and then the little voice in your head that mocks you all the time will point and laugh at you for ten million years.


Anyway, half the photo posts on my blog are full of broken links. What up, guys. I got a degree from MIT and it has taken me two months to figure out how to fix my broken... read the post »

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May 27 2010

Things Wot I Did Whilst Studying at MIT

Posted in: Best of the Blogs, Life & Culture

I've been looking at Ben's "50 Things" post recently, since classes are done, my grades are in, I've nothing to do but work 40 hours a week before my eligibility for student employment runs out, and I vaguely recall reading the post two days after I got to campus and swearing to live by it while I was here.


32. Take a lot of pictures. One of my major regrets in life is that I didn't take more pictures in college. My excuse was the cost of film and processing. Digital cameras are cheap and you have plenty of hard drive space, so you have no excuse.

22. Take some classes that have nothing to do with your major(s), purely for the fun of it.


41. Make a complete ass of yourself at least once, preferably more. It builds character.

37. In the long run, where you go to college doesn't matter as much as what you do with the opportunities you're given there. The MIT name on your resume won't mean much if that's the only thing on your resume. As a student here,... read the post »

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