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Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Erick P. '17

Apr 13 2017

Skullhouse CPW

Posted in: Miscellaneous, Freshman Applicants

CPW doesn't get boring, even for current students. Despite many of us having classes and tests during CPW, we still put in the effort to throw events and have a good time with the prefrosh.

My fraternity, Phi Kappa Sigma aka Skullhouse, is no different. We get our work done as early as possible and set aside time during our weekend to have fun CPW events like the ones we do for Rush. FSILG's (Fraternities, Sororities, and Independent Living Groups) in general put on a lot of events to dispel the myths of MIT fraternities and sororities and show what our communities are actually like.


Gerry's World Famous Fried Chicken and Waffles

During CPW, our incredible house chef Gerry makes a batch of his world-famous fried chicken. At the same time, our incredible brother who is skilled at cooking Martin makes a batch of his world-famous waffles. Together, they make a combination that's so confusingly delicious for how mismatched it looks.


Bonfire on Beacon Street

We set... read the post »


Apr 1 2017

MIT Researchers Develop Autonomous Shoe Technology

Posted in: Miscellaneous

MIT alumni have been responsible for some of the most revolutionary inventions in the world. Radar, modern lithium-ion batteries, canned soup, and the spreadsheet are just some of them. Today I found out about a new revolutionary technology being developed at MIT by the Self Treading Insole Design Experiment group (STrIDE). Using the same technology that's found on autonomous cars, STrIDE has developed sensors for your shoe that alert you of incoming hazards and obstacles. The demonstrated use case is to avoid incoming traffic while walking and texting, but I think this technology would be extremely useful for helping people not stub their toe.


MIT Researchers Develop Self-Stepping Shoe

From the article:

"The smart device, an algorithm-based sensory attachment that connects to any footwear insole, uses high-precision radar and real-time GPS to automatically avoid obstacles and hazards in a walker’s path, especially oncoming pedestrians.

The 2×2″ device, called Toe the... read the post »


Mar 29 2017

Five Years of Admitted Student Gatherings

Posted in: Miscellaneous

*Scene opens*

I'm standing in front of a house with my family. MIT branded balloons are tied to the mailbox. There is a poster of the Dome on the front door. Inside, we are welcomed into the MIT community by alums, students, other parents, and fellow future classmates. We enjoy food as we talked about MIT, New Jersey, cool things to do at CPW, what we enjoyed about high school, potential majors, and what we wanted to be in our futures.

At one point, we sat down and listened to a sophomore tell us about her MIT experience. I don't remember exactly what was said, but I remember I was excited. I was excited to be there. I was excited that CPW was in less than a week. I was excited that I beat all the odds and that I was now wearing my MIT jacket around school as a student and not an applicant.


That was my first Admitted Student Gathering in March 2013. And I've gone every year since (except junior year, sadly).


2013 - as a Prefrosh

Me in the gray blazer, second row.

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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.