Connie H. '15
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 »
Aug 14 2013
Posted in: Miscellaneous
I'm back on campus! I just finished my 10-week internship at the New York Times, which at one point made me use so much Rails I had dreams about it. I also did good amount of UI/UX and product design for an intern side project, culminating in a presentation that caused me to stand in an embarrassing well-what-do-we-have-here pose in front of a nonsensical slide that I designed as my group members snuck micro-naps in the back.
The Times was not at all what I expected, but everything I could've hoped for. Everyone was incredibly friendly, an expert in their field (be it marketing or puzzles), and very quick and witty. The only people in suits were either part time fashionistas or worked in the legal department. All in all, a great internship that was far from corporate, as these non-staged photos suggest:
I can't reveal what I was working on, but I can say everything is going in a positive direction. :)
The rest of the summer was running around New York trying to cram in... read the post »
Jun 15 2013
Posted in: Miscellaneous
I started obsessively checking the news sometime in middle school. I pored over whatever I could find, usually defaulting to MSNBC or CNN to educate myself about anything that might be relevant to my 12-year-old self.
And then I found an article that suggested lip gloss might cause cancer.
Disillusioned and concerned for my lip health, I started looking for other sources of news and found the New York Times. I was enamored by their graphics and interactive pieces (and still am) and when I stumbled across this interview with the Graphics Editor, I knew I had a new goal to join the Times and be surrounded by visually talented people. (If you have 15 minutes, I highly recommend reading the interview.)
Fast forward to this past spring when the Times came to campus to recruit. With a stroke of luck, I got an offer to join their team for the summer and am currently in Manhattan trying to find my bearings and eat as much cheap food as possible before returning to the real world.... read the post »
Feb 9 2013
The blizzard helped me and Liz run out of things to do incredibly quickly. On Friday we watched the first half hour of half a dozen movies before we realized we simply just needed to get outside of our room. We ventured outside behind Baker House, only to get knocked over by the blizzard into a snowbank while taking pictures under the yellow cast of the street lights.
Simply put, we had cabin fever.
I'm a California girl who hadn't seen much snow until coming to MIT. Nemo is by far the most amount of snow I've ever seen, and I've still been trying to figure out how to dress for a blizzard...
If you're from a warm place and you are a female and generally struggle with dressing yourself appropriately even though it's blizzarding -- I have the answer for you: fleece lined tights. They are incredibly comfortable and warm and dry instantly unlike jeans or the yoga pants Liz decided to wear into the snow. You can also wear whateve you want on top, like a sundress or... read the post »
Feb 4 2013
Techfair is here! Held right before classes start in the Spring semester, Techfair is a student run career fair that showcases some of the biggest names in technology, student designers, innovators and entrepreneurs.
It's a day long ordeal, with the actual career fair running from 10am to 3pm and then the banquet and afterparty following in the upcoming hours. Techfair isn't just any career fair -- you dress for the job you want, which in most cases involves your favorite t-shirt and jeans, and you leave the paper resumes at home in favor of "dropping them" online at Umeqo.
I went with my friend and old roommate Anji after tucking in our salmonella...
and we were immediately greeted at the door by BarBot, "a drink mixing machine that can build a custom mixed drink with robotic efficiency and precision". Looks incredibly useful!
Right next to Barbot was Dropbox, one of MIT's favorite startups. Just ask Tim!
I was spotted with my camera and asked what I used to... read the post »