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Jack-William B. '21

Apr 12 2018

CPW Is Here!

Posted in: Miscellaneous, MIT Facts, Freshman Applicants, Life & Culture

So, today is the day! CPW has finally arrived! As many of you make your way to campus, I thought I’d share a few words on my experience at CPW last year in your shoes. Well, I had never been to Boston before, so I got out at Logan airport, and I immediately entered a state of utter confusion. I read in the itinerary that MIT would be bussing us from the airport, so I scurried around and looked for MIT folk for a solid twenty minutes. Now that I look back, I never really mentally processed what I was looking for. I was hoping someone would have an MIT shirt on or something, so I wouldn’t have to go up to strangers and say, “Hey are you the people from MIT here to take me in a van to campus?” Luckily, I eventually found a cluster of people wearing maroon, and I immediately fell into a state of social awkwardness as here were some of the people I’d be spending the next few years with.

After an initial hello, we walked outside, and I stopped for a second as the chill of Boston froze... read the post »


Apr 1 2018

Getting Through a Difficult Month

Posted in: Miscellaneous, Academics & Research, Life & Culture

March was the busiest month at MIT so far. It truly felt like it was never going to end. It seemed like all my midterms were clustering on the same week, and in some cases the same day, and I felt overwhelmed beyond belief. Now, as Spring Break comes to close, and the month of April has arrived, I feel ready for the next two months of school before the summer break.

So, with second semester in full swing, I had about 5 midterms in March, a presentation that accounted for 30% of my grade, and what felt like the largest amount of homework in existence. My classes have split into two categories, and the amount I spend on each category is extremely different. For me, I spend the mass majority of my time on my Physics and Real Analysis class. Both of them are extremely interesting to me, but they are my most challenging to courses at the same time. Last week, I had my first analysis midterm. Coming into the class, I heard some pretty sad stories about midterm averages, so I was... read the post »


Feb 26 2018

Managing a Full Plate

Posted in: Miscellaneous, Academics & Research, Life & Culture

Transitioning from first to second semester has actually been pretty refreshing in these last few weeks. In my last post, I uploaded a picture of my schedule. Compared to first semester, I now have more classes, more homework, and more responsibilities. Although the amount of time I spend on school has definitely increased, I could not be happier with how life is going in these first few weeks.

Today was my first midterm of second semester in differential equations. I walked out of the exam room confident and ready for my chemistry midterm this Wednesday. Other than classes being in full swing with psets and midterms starting up, I also started my job at TSR^2 (Talented Scholars Resource Room.) I mentioned this at the end of my last post that I had gotten the job, but I am now through the training and have completed two one-on-one tutoring appointments now. I am a teaching assistant/resource for students in 8.02 (Electricity & Magnetism), that I just took last semester, so it is... read the post »


Feb 9 2018

Freshman Fifty-Seven

Posted in: Miscellaneous

By now, three full days have passed into my second semester here. The infinite corridor is total chaos as tourists and students battle for placement in the hall, the dining halls are back up and running, and the weight of 4 Psets are setting in. All that being said, I am glad to be back and with a full schedule. Here is a look at how I am keeping busy for the next few months with 57 units of courses:

On February 6th, the first day back started. I got up way too early, ate way too much grapefruit, and sat in front of my Real Analysis class (18.100A) for a solid twenty minutes because I showed up too early. Pretty soon, I grabbed a seat, and the instructor came in. The class started right off feeling a lot different from the only other math class I have taken here, 18.02. For starters, I wasn’t in a huge lecture hall filled with hundreds of people. It seems to be a real mix of different year students in there, and I don’t know anyone. I started the first homework assignment last... read the post »


Jan 16 2018

A Day of IAP

Posted in: Miscellaneous, Academics & Research, Information

Starting last week, IAP (Independent Activities Period) commenced, which is a month of courses, events, and other activities around campus between the fall and spring semester. While some people go off campus to complete internships or study abroad in some cases, I spent my first IAP here on campus taking two classes for credit. Since just about every weekday follows the same schedule, here is a look back on last Friday.

8:37 - My alarm goes off. Why is the time so oddly specific? Well, truth be told, I overshot the :35 that I was going for, and I was too impatient to go back and fix it. That being said, Monday through Friday now start off at this time. During IAP, I didn’t go ahead and purchase the meal plan, so I am cooking for myself this month. I bought a lot of soup. A tad too much most likely. My pantry of food resembles that of the Soup Nazi. Anyways, I grab my cereal and stuff and head down to the Country Kitchen at Next to eat my breakfast in my pajamas.

9-ish - I start... read the post »