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Laura N. '09

Aug 7 2014

Fake it ‘til you make it

Posted in: Best of the Blogs, Miscellaneous

Hi! I’m Laura ’09. You may remember me from such blog posts as What MIT students do on Friday nightsThe Stuff of MIT Legend, and Life, the Universe, and the Energy Content of Gasoline. If you’d rather not spend hours of your time wading through the endless linkbait that is (although that is highly recommended!) here’s a quick recap: I studied Course 2, lived on the infamous Conner 2, played on the varsity field hockey team, volunteered on the campus ambulance, and blogged not nearly often enough. Then in 2009 I graduated and was never heard from again.

Until now!

In celebration of the 10 year anniversary of the blogs, I'm back to tell you about my life after MIT.  But in order for me to properly tell the story, I need you to go watch Amy Cuddy’s TED talk about body language. I know it’s long, so you can skip to around 15:30 and watch from there. I’ll wait.


[some more waiting]

Back? Good. We’ll get back to this, I promise.

To give us a... read the post »


Sep 28 2009

Product Design, MIT style

Posted in: Academics & Research

I know, I know, I graduated like 4 months ago, why am I still here?

Well, I have this folder on my desktop full of pictures and half written blog entries that I completely lost the motivation to finish as soon as I graduated and went home to spend a wonderful summer outside in the sunshine. (To answer the questions from my previous entry: no, really, I graduated from MIT and immediately went back to my old summer job from high school as a lifeguard. I'm not kidding.) But then today I was struck with motivation, and I thought I should go ahead and post it, even if I should really just move on with my life already. I hope no one minds. =)

Okay, so ONE WHOLE YEAR AGO (man I am bad at this timeliness thing) I began the adventure known as 2.009. This is the famous capstone class for seniors in mechanical engineering, and the department spends 2 years grooming you to dread it. It's infamous for the inordinate amount of time that it requires of students, but the little known secret is that... read the post »

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Aug 28 2009

Commencement 2009

Posted in: Academics & Research

Now that it's been almost three months since I graduated, I figure it's about time to blog about it. Turns out I'm just as bad as blogging things on time as I always have been. Sorry about that.

So. I graduated. And took lots and lots of pictures for your enjoyment.

I woke up super early so I could stand around the track in the athletic center for several hours for no apparent reason. Hopefully my blurry photo does something to capture the huge number of people milling around in caps and gowns.

I originally thought that we needed to report extra early so that we could have the details of the day explained to us. No such luck. We checked in at a pre-determined station and then just stood around, chatting with friends for a few hours before starting the procession. Throughout the procession were people with clipboards who checked and re-checked that we had all stayed in the right order. Not a single thing was ever explained to us- people just directed us around and we went along... read the post »

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Jun 5 2009

Commencement Webcast

Posted in: Miscellaneous

Well, here it is- the big day. I have to report to the athletics center in about 20 minutes to get ready to line up for the procession into Killian Court for commencement.

(Unfortunately the weather isn't nearly as nice as it was two days ago when I took that photo...)

If you're interested in watching Lulu, Kim and I graduate, you can watch the webcast online:

I was going to write some big reflective entry before today but seriously, it's all so overwhelming that I don't even know what to say. (Me, speechless. Let that sink in for a minute.)

All I know is that this morning, for the last time, I put my Brass Rat on facing up. In a couple of hours, I get to turn it around, and that's going to be awesome.

Maybe in a few days I'll have had enough time to process all of this, and write something deep and meaningful about it. Maybe.

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May 28 2009

What happened since the end.

Posted in: Miscellaneous

Scatterred throughout the years are probably dozens of blog entries which begin with my eternal apologies for their lateness, and the fact that I haven't blogged in "forever." (The earlier back you look, the closer together those entries were. I used to say that after 3 or 4 days without writing anything. Silly freshmen.) They nearly always start with, "So sorry guys, but I have been insanely busy these last dew days/weeks/months that I haven't had time to write anything. Here, check out my full page to-do list."

This time, I haven't written for a week an a half, because I've been doing nothing at all and it's been utterly fantastic.

But like any good MIT student, 10 days of that has driven me absolutely insane, so it's back to productivitiy! Time to churn out the dozens of blog entries I planned but never wrote. Looking back in the archives, it seems that Mollie, the famously prolific, friendly, and helpful blogger, wrote entries right through the whole summer after her graduation,... read the post »

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