MIT Admissions

Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Anna H. '14

Apr 15 2014


Posted in: Miscellaneous

Late in February, my friend Ashley '12 forwarded me a notice titled "Dudamel - Open Rehearsal" and asked if I would be interested in attending with her. Scrolling through the original message, I saw a comment that "Dudamel is cool." So, even though I had no idea whether Dudamel was a music genre, an instrument, a song title, or a composer, I replied "I'm definitely down! :)" and reserved a ticket.

A month later, Google Calendar told me that I should meet Ashley at MIT's Kresge Auditorium. The theater was PACKED (I thought: "wow! this Dudamel thing must be *very* cool!") but we squeezed and "sorry! excuse me!"d our way in.

Flipping through my program, I learned very quickly that Dudamel is not a music genre. Dudamel is not an instrument, or a song title, or a composer. Dudamel is, according to the program bio, "Music Director of both the Simón Bolivar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the impact of his musical leadership is felt on four... read the post »


Apr 13 2014

Teaching Abroad: a Guest Blog Post by Elizabeth Q. ‘14

Posted in: Miscellaneous

Ciao! Mi chiamo Elizabeth, e sono una amica di Anna. (Hello! I’m Elizabeth ‘14, one of Anna’s many friends). I’m here to talk about teaching at MIT – and specifically, you teaching at MIT.


There are many things to love about the MIT student community, and one of them is that we are all teachers – whether it’s working and learning together in the Unified lounge (my home-away-from-French House), spontaneous upperclassmen tutoring services (see #2 in that post – yes, I’m that Elizabeth), or any of the many other (see #17) ways to teach,* you are most definitely coming to MIT to teach as much as you are to learn.

*If you are anything like me you now have 8 more tabs to MIT Admissions blog posts open in your browser of choice >:]

CPW just happened at MIT, which for all involved means food, fun, craziness – and name tags! Here are the two that were plastered on me this past Friday:

The AeroAstro one is from the Academic Midway. I got to talk to many an excited Course 16... read the post »


Mar 28 2014

Climb Every Mountain: a Guest Blog Post by Davie R. ‘12

Posted in: Miscellaneous

Midnight. We switched off the generator and the glaring light died. A flurry of moths, freed from the beacon that had attracted them, flew off into the darkness. Three thousand feet below us, fireworks were going off with a faint, delayed crackle. Most nights, this summit was shrouded in mist, but evidently the clouds had taken New Year’s Eve off. Despite the view, we were alone. The only people crazy enough to camp on the mountaintop were those who would travel to Brazil to study insects..

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First, an explanation of who I am and why I’m posting on Anna’s blog. I’m an alum of French House. I graduated in 2012 with a double major in Math (combinatorics) and Music (opera singing). I then spent a year in Berlin, Germany, and now am back at MIT to start a Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics. Hi!

Most children grow up thinking bugs are cool; I never stopped. It started with butterflies and dragonflies, but eventually I fell in love with moths. Turns out that one in ten species on... read the post »


Mar 17 2014

SCIENCE ALERT: “smoking gun” evidence for Alan Guth’s theory of inflation!

Posted in: Miscellaneous, Academics & Research, Life & Culture, Majors & Minors

14 billion years ago (ish), the universe Banged and rapidly expanded. What started as tiny quantum fluctuations also expanded, clumped, and became the structures that we see today. One such large-scale structure is the Virgo galaxy cluster, of which the Milky Way is a member. We, of course, live in the Milky Way, although it's hopeless to try and see that dusty stripe of stars from Boston.

Today, as you probably already know, there's Big Science News: we're a huge leap closer to understanding exactly what happened in the first moments of the universe. And word on the street is that this could mean a Nobel Prize for MIT's Prof. Alan Guth.


My first interaction with Alan Guth was fraught with stress and in retrospect a bit impolite.

It happened a little over three years ago, when I took my first final exam at MIT. He was proctoring a different exam (relativity) but I didn't know the difference, so when the TAs skipped over my section by accident I marched up to him and said... read the post »


Mar 7 2014

“Hello! I would like to schedule a meeting with Senator Markey.”

Posted in: Miscellaneous

A little over a month ago, the American Astronomical Society posted the following announcement:

I originally became a AAS member in order to present my research at AAS conferences, and membership turns out to provide valuable access to new opportunities. In this case, I realized that the dates were during my spring break, said "heck yeah," and applied.

On Valentine's Day, I got a message saying that I'd been accepted, and within a week received a whole bunch of homework.

  1. Book your travel
  2. Get to know your group
  3. Schedule meetings with your senators and representatives

My group consists of myself, a PhD student from Georgia, and a solar astrophysicist at Harvard. The AAS has a whole website on how to contact and schedule meetings with representatives, so I read through that in order to get myself from Zero Knowledge to Some Knowledge. My fellow Massachusetts resident and I divided up the labor so that I'm in charge of scheduling meetings with Senator Ed Markey... read the post »