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Emad T. '14

Aug 12 2014

Flux and Flow

Posted in: Best of the Blogs, Miscellaneous

I never really liked 5.60, or thermodynamics.

In my senior year, I took the class twice and dropped it twice. It wasn't just because it had difficult concepts and brutal tests. It represented the final hurdle to being med school ready, the last outstanding class I had to take if I ever wanted to be a doctor -- which, at the time, was no longer a settled matter, even with so much time, money, and energy invested in that outcome. Yet sticking with it, however half-heartedly, seemed safer than committing to public health and its (relatively) shakier employment outlook. Medical school was safer, even though I felt I really wanted to go into public health after lots of research, a stint in therapy to maintain my self-esteem and resolve my doubts, and some very deep, extensive introspection. Basically, 5.60 was a hedged bet, and as I hedged, time passed, others grew, and I felt left behind.

But hey, now I know about reactions and dynamic equilibria, I guess?

For those unfamiliar... read the post »

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Jan 21 2014

Est-ce que je suis prêt? Peut-être.

Posted in: Miscellaneous

Bonjour, blogosphère!

Ça fait longtemps que j’ai écrit un post. En toute honnêteté, il y avait beaucoup de choses et des événements qui se sont passés le dernier semestre, mais je n'écrivais rien. En ce temps-là, je pensais que tout était ennuyeux. Cependant, après avoir pensé plus, je crois que quelque choses formidables se sont vraiment passés, et j’espère à écrire plus de posts sur le blog pour les expliquer.

Maintenant, revenons à nos moutons. Je veux écrire un peu au sujet du dernier week-end. C’est la meilleure preuve que ma vie n’est pas seulement pour mes classes et mes devoirs. Malheureusement, je ne peux pas écrire pour longtemps, parce que je dois finir les ateliers pour une conférence psychiatrique au sujet de la santé mentale. (Je m’occupais de la logistique de la conférence depuis deux mois, et je parlerai de l’habilitation des étudiants qui deviendront chefs – pas de chefs culinaires, bien sûr ! – et comment on peut collaborer avec les administrateurs aux... read the post »

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Sep 6 2013

The second-to-last first two days of class

Posted in: Academics & Research

After talking to my friends during the first week of senior year and getting cold glares cast my way each time I shared my schedule, I've realized I may be one of the few people who regularly has days off. This was totally a deliberate choice.

How does that end up happening? If you're lucky, all the classes that you want to take might fall on the same two or three days. And, if you're sly (or legitimately busy, but nobody can tell the difference if you don't let others on to your reasoning), you can also block off certain hours in your schedule during preregistration to get placed into the recitation sections you want! No matter how you achieve it, the result is the same: a couple of 24 hour periods each week wherein you now need to find something else to do besides psets. For example, on Thursday, my first day off, I was faced with the conundrum -- or privilege? -- of having too much free time. My running shorts and running shoes looked a little lonely and abandoned that morning,... read the post »

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Aug 23 2013

Open Sesame…Ring.

Posted in: Miscellaneous

The future of, well, pretty much everything seems to be coming to us via 3D printers. Even my completely unhealthy obsession with burritos -- I made a point of eating at five Chipotle locations that I had not visited prior to this summer -- received a huge boost from 3D printing. As evidence, witness the burritob0t, one man's attempt to use technology and culinary greatness to automatically make burritos. Up until several hours ago, I thought that was the coolest thing that you could do with 3D printing, bar none.

Then I turned on the news tonight / scrolled through my Facebook feed to find a ring that can replace my CharlieCard, an RFID-fitted plastic pass that lets you ride on the MBTA's bus and subway system. After making peace with the Burrito Gods and doing some deep soul-searching, I had to admit that, yes, this was now the coolest thing I know of that can be done with 3D printing.

The Sesame Ring, designed by two undergraduates at the Singapore University of Technology... read the post »

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Jan 29 2013

Premed and Me (frankly speaking)

Posted in: Academics & Research, Life & Culture

Before committing to any major choice, I think you have to be ready and willing. As regards me and my decision to be premed, I had few doubts that I was willing. That decision had stayed alive from at least sophomore year of high school. Even with me diving head-first into studying for the MCAT (which demands quite a lot of time), I'm still willing.

But I didn't want to be the guy who was estimating my position in the class, relative to how other friends were doing on exams and p-sets. I didn't want to be the guy who inquired about GPAs, or put my resume or future application and someone else's on balancing scales. The cynical, numbers and one-upmanship equivalent of the "Not necessarily being the fastest guy when a bear is chasing you, but only faster than whoever's in last place" kind of deal didn't jibe with me. And I guess it didn't jibe with many other premeds that I know, because that preconceived notion of how my academic life would be like died out within maybe 3 semesters... read the post »

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