Connie H. '15
May 11 2015
Hi guys! My name is Quynh, and like Connie, I’m a crusty old senior about to leave MIT in less than a month. I want to thank Connie for letting me write this guest post and being an overall awesome human being and friend.
When I came to MIT, I was looking for an education that would revolve around science and engineering. I’ve definitely found it—I’m majoring in biology with a minor in chemistry and have spent the last four years doing research in the Saeij lab on parasites and the Gilbert lab on mRNA modifications in yeast. Science has been a major part of my life and will continue to be for a long time—I’m about to start an MD-PhD in the fall.
While my science education has been immensely rewarding and exciting, one of my biggest accomplishments during my time here has been my minor in Ancient & Medieval Studies (AMS). When I tell people about this minor, the first response I usually get is, “MIT has humanities classes? Aren’t you guys a technical school?” The answer to this... read the post »
Mar 28 2015
i participated in my last admissions telethon early last week! it was great to send out warm fuzzy greetings, but i received one question multiple times and i promised i would write up a longer answer.
the question was about work/life balance—is it stressful to balance everything at MIT? what if there is too much work? what if i want to just be a crazy college student?
it's no secret that coming to MIT is signing yourself up for plenty of rigorous work. someone asked me if there would be at least a little bit of time every day to have to yourself—the unsatisfying answer is that it depends on the person. many of my friends never experienced a need to think about work/life balance in high school because they had plenty of time for both... so being slammed with opportunities and open loops of extracurricular activity is especially taxing when you plunge into MIT.
but i think the trick is to define what the "life" part of work/life balance means. again, this depends on the... read the post »
Mar 10 2015
i never really had senioritis in high school—it was probably the surprising amount of momentum behind me, but i don't think i managed to pull off the effortlessly forget to turn in an assignment thing.
so i had grand visions for senioritis in college. i would go out all the time! do my homework never! stay up forever! walk around in my bathrobe all day!
i didn't really think senioritis this semester would turn out to be less about me and more about helping others. a friend recently shared the idea of positive work—even if you feel like you aren't making a stitch in the cosmic fabric of the universe, you certainly can do positive work for someone. there is enough positive work for you to do until you find a bit of personal direction.
the moment i realized it was okay for my last semester to not be about me, the more i was able to do.
so in no particular order, the things i've done in the past few weeks
Dec 4 2014
Posted in: Miscellaneous
i just finished 6.811, principles and practices of assistive technology (PPAT)!
it's a higher level interdisciplinary course 6 class that tackles hardware, software, and mechanical solutions to the needs of boston area clients. i can't even begin to summarize everything i learned this semester, but you can start to poke around in the 6.811 course website to learn more about what we cover. the class was started by seth teller and has grown into a gem that features the best guest speakers in the field, interactive labs (including navigating campus in a wheelchair), and lots of workshops and time to prototype your team's project.
our team was paired with a client that was looking for a way to use his iPhone to take steady, clear photos. it sounded simple enough—there are plenty of existing iPhone mounts that go every which way! however, our client has a spinal cord injury with limited fine motor skills and it turned out to be a very nuanced problem. below is a demonstration of how... read the post »