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Hamsika C. '13

Aug 11 2014

Not Farewell After All

Posted in: Miscellaneous

In my last entry, way back in June 2013, I painstakingly bid good-bye to life at MIT and in particular, to the MIT blogs (direct quote: “Farewell, MIT blogosphere”). But I’m back!! Just in time to join other current and alumni bloggers in celebrating the 10-year anniversary of the MIT blogs and also to offer an update on my life post-MIT.

I graduated about a year ago (June 2013) and - because I wasn’t ready to be a Real Person quite yet - jumped straight from undergrad into med school. Now, I’m over on the West Coast, at Stanford, where I just finished my first year of medical school and absolutely loved it. In the past, I’ve had a lot of people ask me whether it’s hard to be pre-med at MIT, particularly since MIT is known to be a tough school, and whether looking back, I wish I had chosen a 7-year med program, something I was considering way back in 2008 (wow, that makes me feel old ☹) when I applied to colleges.

Having gone through MIT, the med school application process,... read the post »


Jun 18 2013


Posted in: Best of the Blogs, Miscellaneous

For a few weeks now, I’ve been thinking of writing this “goodbye” entry, but I kept getting stuck. I wanted to write something profound, something that would capture the intensity, the awesomeness, the friendship, and the learning that shaped my last four years at this incredible university.

Sadly, after like a month of thinking, I still feel like I don’t have anything particularly profound to say.

The MIT experience is such a tough one to describe. I remember coming to CPW four years ago – wide-eyed with excitement (and probably overwhelmed by how insanely packed the CPW schedule was) and blown away by the physics demonstrations in an 8.01 (Physics I) class I observed.

(My CPW host - Vidya '12 (still one of my closest friends) and I during CPW '09)

I comMITed to MIT almost immediately after CPW, humbled (and, to be honest, pretty terrified) to join a school filled with people who I knew without a doubt were smarter than me. I felt so lucky: thousands of kids apply to MIT... read the post »


Feb 18 2013

Hitting Rewind on 2013

Posted in: Miscellaneous

I know, long time no see.

My last entry was almost exactly four months ago...which is terrible. Senior fall ended up being a little more overwhelming than I thought it was going to be - a confusing whirlwind of psets, tests, med school interviews, extracurriculars, and more. By the time finals week rolled around, I was desperate to be done. I stumbled through 1 final presentation, 2 final projects, and 2 final exams then flew home to Houston. For the next two weeks, all I did was read at Barnes and Noble (I finally read the last book in the Eragon series! Yeah...I haven't really matured in college >.< ), eat my mom's food, and sleep like 10 hours a night. It was like hitting a huge, much-needed reset button on my life.

At the beginning of January, I flew back to Boston for a month-long externship at a healthcare consulting firm about an hour outside Boston. The externship program is a pretty cool opportunity for MIT students to take advantage of during IAP. Current students can... read the post »


Oct 15 2012

A Typical Friday Night

Posted in: Miscellaneous

As you might have read in my last entry, I had a 6.046 (Design and Analysis of Algorithms) exam this past Thursday. Once it was over, my brain just kind of shut down and didn't do anything productive for the next 96 hours :)

I thought I'd share the fun times I had this past Friday night, post-6.046 exam. I know that before I came to MIT, my impression of the school was just that (1) everyone was a genius, and (2) no one did anything but work. These admissions blogs (+ my CPW experience) helped change that perspective I had, and hopefully, this entry further shows that MIT is about BOTH work and fun. Not just work!

Sooo - on Friday night, several friends and I headed over to Harvard Square (about ten minutes away by bus) and went to L.A. Burdick, a store known for its delicious chocolate. We all got some hot chocolate (actually, I ended up getting a latte. I'm a coffee addict - I don't deny it), and of course, we took way too many pictures (2 of which I've included here):

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Oct 7 2012

Nerdin’ Out

Posted in: Miscellaneous

A couple entries ago, I described 6.046 (Design and Analysis of Algorithms), one of the classes I'm taking the semester. We have a test coming up this Thursday ( O.O ahh ), and in the process of studying for it, I've realized how much I love it. <3

Every algorithm we've learned in the class is so incredibly relevant to daily life. 

(warning: i'm about to nerd out hard core, so feel free to go back to homepage and click on a different blog entry if algorithms just ain't yo' thang)

Check out this screenshot of class notes; it describes the concept of interval partitioning. And it links it directly to the item that basically controls my life - google calendar:

The idea behind interval partitioning is that you have bunch of activities you need to take care of, and you want to minimize the number of resources needed to take care of them. The idea behind google calendars/timing conflicts between events happens to be the same thing :)

Need more convincing that algorithms are... read the post »