Connie H. '15
Apr 9 2014
When the CPW schedule came out when I was a prefrosh 50000 years ago, I turned into a puddle of excitement. A puddle!
I tried to plan out a full itinerary and ended up with something like this:
... and miserably failed at attending all the events I had hoped to be at.
While this is not a guide to optimizing your CPW experience... here are a few things I wish I knew as a prefrosh!
1) Your host loves you, so try your best to get to know them! Remember that your host is fully aware of the commitment of hosting a prefrosh, so don't feel like you are a burden. However, you shouldn't plan on glomming onto your host—remember that campus is filled with hundreds of other prefrosh just like you, so it'd be a shame to not go out and meet them :)
2) The MIT Mobile application will help you navigate across campus and on the Boston side where you might find events from FSILGS. Download it and check it out! You can also use whereis.mit.edu for a simple Google Maps version of... read the post »
Mar 25 2014
Posted in: Miscellaneous
I'll be honest—I had never really planned on going abroad during college. Not even for a bit! (I'm starting to think I'm always more homesick than I realized...)
It's a preposterous idea considering how many opportunities MIT churns out every year to send my friends everywhere from DC (okay, that's not really abroad!) to London to Paris to Seoul... I just figured it wouldn't be the worst thing if I stayed a little closer to home.
Earlier this semester I committed to taking CMS.634, Designing Interactions. The class, taught by the director of the Media Lab's Mobile Experience Lab, is small, demanding and moves incredibly quickly. Each semester the class works with a different client to learn and apply ideas about interaction design to either improve an existing solution or address an unresolved need. It's a class that ends up sprawling across multiple disciplines, so a unique mixture of architecture, computer science, design and media studies students are thrown together for a... read the post »
Feb 16 2014
Posted in: Miscellaneous
You might wonder what possessed me to go to Chicago for the month of January.
The weather forecast for my first day of work. Granted, this factors in the mysterious element of wind chill.
I was graciously accepted by IDEO for the winter, with the stipulation that I would be working at the same office as my MIT sponsor, a Course 2 alumni. I had never been to the Midwest, so I was expecting the Windy City to greet me like this:
Luckily I can say that beyond the weather, Chicago was quite good to me. :)
The snazzy view from my apartment.
Externships are one of the many ways you can spend your IAP. The MIT Externship program is expertly organized by the Alumni Association, which features a bustling community of alums happy to talk about what they majored in, where they lived, and what they're up to these days! It's not surprising that MIT alumni have found homes across the world working on just about anything.
MIT alums can work with the Alumni Association to... read the post »
Aug 27 2013
First things first -- I took a weekend trip back to New York and stood in line for three hours to taste the fabled Ramen Burger. Best 8 dollar investment ever.
Coming back to campus last Monday, I jumped straight into helping lead DEAL (Discover Entrepreneurship and Leadership), one of the FPOPs (Freshman Pre-Orientation Programs) offered to incoming freshmen. Totally optional, but a great way for incoming students to meet other freshmen and upperclassmen with potentially similar interests. They let me design the tank tops. :)
All the DEALers go through serious, important, life-changing activities.
Building a home for an egg before we drop it off the fourth floor of Baker House...
Only after we let the DEALers retrieve their items from the cornucopia, Hunger Games style.
All but one egg survived. Go engineers!
Of course there were obligatory icebreakers...
That may or may not have ended in some violent pool noodle action.
And our... read the post »