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Erick P. '17

Mar 6 2017


Posted in: Miscellaneous

MIT classes are divided up into units. The average class is 12 units. The average MIT student takes four classes per semester, so usually around 48 units. Still, imposter syndrome comes up when everyone around you is (seemingly) taking more. I came across a previous blogger's post, Danny B.D. (we read the MIT blogs when procrastinating too), who captures this anxiety perfectly. He wrote:

“'You're taking four classes? But So-and-so is taking five! And that kid down the hall is taking six, while also working two UROPs! Am I not doing enough? Maybe I should add a cla—'

Stop. Breathe. Your time at MIT isn't defined by the number of units you're taking. If you're the kind of person who can maintain your sanity or enjoys the light chaos of taking tons of classes, go for it, but the number of classes you take doesn't determine you at all. Above, below, or exactly four per term is your own choice, and you should work where you're happy and productive."

Indeed. MIT is a weird place... read the post »


Feb 27 2017

Food No Context

Posted in: Miscellaneous

10:00AM bottle of soylent on the go for breakfast.


12:59PM free lunch after accidentally walking into a Joi Ito (Director of the MIT Media Lab) talk at the Martin Trust Center.


1:08PM our professor gave had free coffee and biscuits for us in class. Love Course 15.


6:15PM ring the bell, dinner at the fraternity. steak tips, mashed potatoes, and plantains.


6:29PM braided danish for dessert (I had just one I promise)



1:37AM late night coffee break in between psets.


Feb 20 2017

Using to Write a Post About

Posted in: Miscellaneous

The writing process is different for every one of your favorite bloggers. I usually have to wait for inspiration to hit before I'm able to sit at a computer for hours writing out an entire post in one sitting. I use a variety of tools to help me, from Evernote for keeping track of ideas to Google Docs when I collaborate with someone else. Last week I shared a guest post by Sam U. '16 about how MIT helped him launch his startup Funny enough, I actually used Fireflies to help me stay organized while writing this post about Fireflies.

Fireflies is a service that blends artificial intelligence with natural language processing to improve one's productivity. I love using MIT products, especially ones where I know the founders. It really exciting to know their story and see their values and priorities manifest into their inventions.

So I was sitting in the Media Lab when I saw in the news that Fireflies just launched their newest product, for Slack. I reached... read the post »


Feb 13 2017

Guest Post: Started From the Dorm Room Now We Here

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The following is a guest post by Sam U. '16


When I applied to MIT, I wanted to be the first man on Mars--or even one of the nerdy guys in the control room screaming with joy. I had just finished up an internship at a large defense company and was ready to learn anything and everything about aerospace. However, as a bright-eyed freshman in an environment brimming with opportunity, I ended up trying more than just aerospace.

From the start, I knew that MIT had a strong culture of computer science--’Course 6’. So much so, that about a third of my class ended up graduating with a CS degree. It was hard to go a day at the Institute without discussing something related to software or tech startups. Entrepreneurship permeated the culture. Student collaboration and hard, motivating problems were prevalent, which together cultivated creativity and rapid execution that could be found in almost every corner of the institution.

Although I decided to stick with aerospace after testing... read the post »


Feb 9 2017

Sights, Sounds, Smells, Tastes, and Feels of IAP

Posted in: Miscellaneous


Las Vegas: At CES 2017, my friends and I networked with startup founders, rode an UberCHOPPER for free, and got into the TechCrunch afterparty. But my main reason for being there was to get more into virtual reality. I did that at both the Innovations Showcase and the Upload afterparty. There, I got to meet with virtual reality experts and learn more about the industry's future.




Washington DC: While we were visiting one of our friends in DC, it turned out that one of my MIT frat brothers was also staying in DC, interning for the Department of Energy. So they took us around the city.

During our adventure, we came across the Thomas Jefferson Memorial. Notice any similarities to other famous domes?

After some googling, it seems that the construction of the two is unrelated (Thomas Jefferson Memorial by John Russell Pope and MIT Dome by MIT alumnus William Welles Bosworth). Interestingly, both architects were inspired by the Rome Pantheon and... read the post »