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Anelise N. '19

Nov 11 2017

In case you want to travel over IAP…

Posted in: Miscellaneous

Barcelona, IAP 2017


College study abroad programs are really great. You get to travel and experience living in another country, and it’s possible to do so on a college student budget. But what if you’re pursuing a really technical major, and it’s hard to get outside credit from a school in another country? And what if you’ve got other plans for the summer—like an internship, or research, or going home to see family?

In that case—which is a pretty common case for MIT students—then IAP is the perfect time to travel! (with the added benefit that you can escape January in Boston.)

Last January, I took a Spanish conversation class in Madrid with the Spanish department (I wrote a blog post about it—check it out here!). It was literally lifechanging. It was my first time out of the country, I made good friends from MIT that I wouldn’t have met otherwise, my Spanish got exponentially better, and it inspired me to start taking languages again. After that experience, I decided to... read the post »


Oct 17 2017

Four days of fun!

Posted in: Miscellaneous

Columbus Day weekend was a four day weekend. I got an embarrassingly small amount of work done, but a pretty large amount of good memories, so I thought I would share some of the things I did. Who says MIT students can't have fun? 

On Saturday, I met up with a friend of mine who recently graduated and is now working in the Cambridge area. We decided to take a little sightseeing tour around Boston! 

Our brainstorm list of things to see. There's a lot to see in Boston; we only got to two of these!

First, we headed over to the U.S.S. Constitution.

The U.S.S. Constitution in Boston Harbor

The Constitution, a.k.a. Old Ironsides, is a three-masted frigate that played an important role in the war of 1812. It was built in the 1790s in Boston’s North End, and to this day is still an active military vessel stationed in Boston Harbor (although its runs at this point are largely ceremonial). 

The view into Boston harbor from Old Ironsides

After that, we... read the post »


Oct 2 2017

Visualize this! My new UROP

Posted in: Miscellaneous, Academics & Research

It’s a new school year, and I’ve started UROPing in a new lab!

For anyone who doesn't know, the UROP (Undergraduate Research OPportunities) program gives MIT undergrads a chance to do meaningful research in cutting-edge labs around campus. I have been UROPing since freshman spring, but this year I'm starting in a new lab. The group is in MIT CSAIL (the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab). Our work is at the intersection of computer vision, graphics, and visualization. We are advised by three different professors—Aude Oliva in Computational Perception and Cognition, Frédo Durand in graphics, and Hanspeter Pfister at Harvard’s Visual Computing Group. The leader of our group is Zoya Bylinskii, a PhD student, and our group consists of three MEng students, a Master’s student from Harvard, and me :) 

I'm really excited to be working with this group this year. They have a really energetic, collaborative, and creative approach to research that I like a lot. At any given... read the post »


Jun 2 2017

Sophomore Slump

Posted in: Miscellaneous, Life & Culture

My second year of college just ended. I’ve been trying to think of a good post to write on the occasion, or some significant reflection on my halfway point at MIT. Usually when I sit down to write a blog post, I like to have things sort of figured out in my mind, so I can say something profound or at least informative on the subject. But the truth is, as a student halfway through college, I still haven’t figured out most things, and in the last few months, I feel like I’ve lost my way more than I’ve found it. So instead I’m going to write about that.

Last semester was pretty tough. I went through a rough breakup. I felt like my circle of friends was shrinking. Even though I was taking 51 units, my semester felt unusually light—probably because the variety in my classes (algorithms, software design, French, and costume design) helped avoid the sensation of burnout. I questioned if I was pushing myself hard enough or if I was doing enough things around campus. But at the same time,... read the post »


Apr 23 2017

Ringing in the second half of MIT

Posted in: Miscellaneous, Life & Culture

Last Tuesday was a big day for MIT's class of 2019.

After two years of waiting, we finally got our class rings!


The brass rat isn't just any class token--it's one of the most recognizable rings out there. It's a pop culture icon. It's a beacon of kinship between alumni. It's an enduring symbol of class pride and school spirit. And right now for MIT's sophomores, it's a reminder that we're already halfway through our time here...a realization that is at the same time frightening, humbling, and empowering.

This Tuesday, the Class of 2019 got together to celebrate the time we've spent together so far, and to toast the next two years of our MIT journey.

This year, ring delivery was held at the State Room on the 33rd floor of a Boston skyscraper.


There was food, photo booths, a beautiful view, and, most importantly:


A whole new batch of brass rats!

Each year, the Brass Rat has a slightly different design that reflects some... read the post »