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Afeefah K. '21

Jan 9 2018

A Texan’s Guide to Surviving a Boston Winter

Posted in: Life & Culture

It’s IAP and I've slowly but surely gotten into the rhythm of things. To the point where it feels like I never left for winter break at all. 

But things have changed. I mean DRASTICALLY and COMPLETELY changed.

This is what the East Coast looks like from an airplane window:

I’d imagine that is exactly what Antarctica looks like.

With the wet residue of the daunting “bomb cyclone” covering everything that isn’t concrete and temperatures that keep fluctuating between freezing and way below freezing, proper winter attire has become really REALLY important.

Having dealt with no more than an inch or two of snow at a time, figuring out how to stay warm (and dry) in a Boston winter has been an adventure. It’s been a lot of advice from experienced friends, googling and learning from mistakes.

I’d like to think that I’ve finally nailed it. So for those of you that are winter-naive (like myself), there’s hope. And for those of you that were born in a six-foot pile of snow, feel... read the post »

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Dec 17 2017

Dear Seniors

Posted in: Freshman Applicants

Life has drastically changed in the past few months. You’re in a moment that feels like it will define the rest of your life. You’ve got one year left and a whole lot of stuff to do. And whether you choose to acknowledge it or not, you subconsciously know that this year is going to be life-changing. You started in one place and will end up in another.

You’ve got mixed emotions. You can see college peaking at you from around the corner. You’re excited about getting to finally be your own person.You can’t wait to throw your cap up high at graduation. But you’re also a tad bit sad. You’re going to miss your family. And your friends. And home cooked meals. And the laundry you don’t have to do. You’re worried how the future will play out.

College applications just don’t seem to end, and as you open yourself up, in essay after essay, decisions become really REALLY scary. You’ve cried. No, SOBBED you’re way to sleep. You’re terrified of the taste of rejection. You’ve made yourself sick... read the post »

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Dec 10 2017

Up To Snow Good

Posted in: Life & Culture

a storm is coming, are you listening

in killian, the snow is glistening 

a wonderful fight

our snowman's a sight

 

walking in a winter wonderland

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Nov 19 2017

How Are You?

Posted in: Miscellaneous


Life is busy at MIT. Most of the time, our schedules and motivation go from midterm to midterm. If we’re lucky, they go from pset to pset. And amidst all of this constant work and running around, we see people that we know. We see our roommates. We see floormates. We see pset buddies. We see friends we know from high school. We see friends we’ve made through student organizations and extracurriculars. We see TAs that save our lives. We see that one kid that sits behind us in lecture. And to all of these people we ask one quick question as we hustle on in our lives.

In the past few months, I feel like we’ve really gotten to know each other. So let me ask you, how are you?

How are you really?

Because I genuinely want to know. I want to know if things are rough. I want to know if things are going great. I want to hear about that essay you finally finished. I want to hear about how the semester’s been tough. Heck yes I want to hear about the cool thing you did this week.... read the post »

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Oct 22 2017

MIT IS ...

Posted in: Miscellaneous

As I look outside the long windows of McCormick Hall’s penthouse, soaking in the last few glimpses of blue sky (oh no, winter is coming), it hits me: I’ve almost made it through two months of MIT! 60 long days filled with SO MUCH LIFE.

I’ve turned in a total of 15 problem sets. I’ve written 2 essays. I've gotten through 10 novels. I’ve taken 6 midterms. I’ve failed a midterm. I’ve aced a midterm. I’ve laser cut and assembled a brushless motor. I’ve finally learned how to properly breathe in Yoga. I’ve watched the sunrise from the Harvard Bridge. I’ve cried. I’ve missed home. I’ve stood in line at Maseeh’s dining hall at 12 pm for a halal burger. I’ve gone to office hours in my best pair of pajamas. I’ve turned 30 minute naps into 2 hr naps. I’ve repetitively failed at responding to free food emails. I’ve walked out of lectures not understanding a thing. I’ve burned out multiple raspberry pis. I’ve already cracked my MacBook screen (rip). I’ve woken up to emails about student... read the post »

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