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Anelise N. '19

Mar 21 2017

Sewing minus the machine

Posted in: Miscellaneous, Academics & Research

I'm taking a somewhat lighter course load this semester. I signed up for the header software design class that assigns 15-hour-per-week psets, so I decided to compensate by only taking two technicals and two HASSes. One of my HASS classes is in French IV, which I was frightened into taking after realizing how bad my French was while studying in Europe this IAP. (My French is still pretty bad, but it's getting better!)

My other class is something not typically associated with MIT--costume design.

Everyone at MIT is required to take one "HASS-A", or "arts" class as part of the humanities requirement. Qualifying subjects range from music to theater to painting to game design--you name it.

I even found a HASS that matches my artistic outlet of choice--sewing!

My now most famous work: the fuzzy turquoise caterpillar.


I've been sewing since the beginning of high school, but I mostly design and sew clothes for myself. If you had asked me at the start of the semester what I... read the post »


Mar 6 2017

Siete Ciudades de España

Posted in: Miscellaneous, Español, Life & Culture

This IAP was my first time ever outside of the United States!

El Mirador del Valle--the most beautiful view of Toledo. Photo credit: Rachel Lily Terry, the amazing photographer of our travel group :)

For me, IAP is the best opportunity I have to go abroad. College is one of the most convenient times to travel, but being an MIT student can make it pretty hard to spend time in anther country. It’s difficult to justify spending a semester across an ocean when MIT already offers the best engineering classes in the world. Plus, more and more summers are being reserved for internships.

So starting this year, my plan is to pack my IAPs with as many study abroad opportunities as I can!

The Plaza de España in Sevilla

This year, I ended up applying for the IAP Madrid program offered by the Spanish department. You spend 3-4 weeks taking an MIT Spanish language or culture class, taught by an MIT professor, for MIT credit. Except that instead of taking classes in Building 26... read the post »


Sep 21 2016

A Note of Hope for Freshmen at Career Fair

Posted in: Miscellaneous, Information, Life & Culture

MIT’s (in)famous fall career fair is this coming Friday…which means campus is already gearing up for the mad rush for jobs and free goodies. People are lining up in Lobby 10 to collect their booklets and nametags; students are printing leaflets of resumes before the printers get tied up on Thursday evening; and companies are already staking out meeting rooms around campus to dispense food and swag to interested students. We even have a student holiday on Friday so people can focus on finding employment. It’s pretty crazy.

Career fair is so intense, MIT publishes an entire bound magazine listing all the companies that are coming. This is my homework for Friday!


It’s even crazier if you’re a first-semester freshman and you don’t know what business casual means, much less how to find a job. So for most freshmen, career fairs turn into a giant corporate scavenger hunt where you can stock up on assorted knickknacks like water bottles, pens, phone card-holders, and enough... read the post »


Sep 7 2016

Summer in San Francisco

Posted in: Miscellaneous

I spent this summer interning at PlayStation.

The office was in San Francisco. Aside from one of those double-decker tour buses, I’d never spent time in the city before. 

Plus, this was my first real full-time job! 

In other words, the past three months were a completely new experience…and basically the first time I’ve lived like a real adult. 

My official title at Sony was a “Front-End Development Intern”. When I got the position I was (quite frankly a little surprised) and 100% elated. This was an opportunity to get practical experience in a software company before even having to lock in my major—meaning I could change direction if I didn’t enjoy my internship, or come back to school with valuable industry experience if I did. Plus, I’d be on the West Coast near my family, have the chance to live in a city I hadn’t explored before, AND work 8-hour days with weekends and weeknights totally pset-free! Hallelujah! 

And happily, my summer turned out to be everything I... read the post »


May 24 2016

Advanced Standing Exams: know your stuff, get out of a semester-long class!

Posted in: Academics & Research, Freshman Applicants, Information, Process & Statistics, Prepare for MIT

MIT has A LOT of graduation requirements.

Most colleges have some sort of breadth requirement. MIT, being a technical school, has a weighty 8-class humanities minimum (the Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences—HASS—requirement), PLUS a technical core encompassing introductory biology, chemistry, physics, and calculus (these classes are known as the General Institute Requirements—GIRs).

When looking at MIT, my first thought after learning about these graduation requirements was “But I’ve got a ton of AP credit…won’t I get out of a lot of these these extra intro subjects?”


Unfortunately, the answer is no. MIT gives really remarkably, disappointingly horrible AP credit—the worst out of any school I researched when applying. If you score a 5 on Calculus BC, you can get out of 18.01, Single-Variable Calculus. If you score a 5 on both Physics C tests, you can get out of 8.01, Physics Mechanics (you’re still on the hook for Electricity and Magnetism). That’s about it.

(Ok, I’m... read the post »