Joonho K. '20
Jul 27 2017
MIT's campus can be pretty daunting for someone first visiting. All the buildings are numbered, and at first glance, the ordering of the numbers seems unintuitive. Buildings 3 and 4 should be next to each other, right? Nope, they're not. If you took a student-guided tour here, a common building route sequence would be 7, 5, 1, 3, 4, 2, 14. If you're not an MIT student, you might be very confused at this point. But if you've spent enough time here, you'd know exactly what that route looks like. In addition, you'd know that the tour probably crossed Killian Court between 3 and 4. This is one of the small things I love about MIT: its building conventions, along with the other numbered conventions like class/course numbers, are confusing at first, but makes talking with other MIT students and the MIT experience unique.
I've finally decided to get out my DSLR that has been sitting largely in its tote bag on my shelf because I wanted to share my favorite places at MIT with you. Whether... read the post »
Jul 11 2017
Posted in: MIT Facts
I'm definitely not going to be the only person to talk about this on the blogs, but the situation with senior haus has been on my mind and many others for the past month.
I'm not going to, nor would I like to, give one-sided, pathos-inspired opinions or rants about what I think and how much I love/hate the current series of events, or praise/criticize anyone for what they've done. Instead, I'm going to give you the facts, as unbiased as possible, and then tell you about what happened to me earlier today.
Around June 12, Chancellor Barnhart sent out an email to members of the Senior House community:
Dear [insert name here],
I write on behalf of MIT's senior leadership to inform you of our decision and our plans to support you.
The turnaround we launched last June engaged you and a number of faculty, staff, and alumni in work to promote personal wellbeing and academic success in your community. As you know, we received credible and concerning information this past... read the post »
May 25 2017
Here is a picture of Allan's room, snipped from here:
He left this morning:
Although we seem to be interconnected in almost every way imaginable - we have the same romanized last names, we're both in the same acapella group, we're next door neighbors, we're admissions bloggers - we're also very different people. And yet, we have become good friends. It seems like I haven't had the time this semester to sit and think about the relationship we've weaved, but now that I am free, it all comes rushing to me - the late nights, ordering Dominos, using the coupons for 2 Medium Pan Pizzas For 8.99 Each, the occassional late night conversation, sharing the precious time we spend after classes together twice a week to sing, setting up the dilapidated drum set in the tv lounge, subsequently teaching me the bossa nova, getting dim sum with other 5W friends, learning perc. All these memories come to me at once, in the same time and place, and all these memories fill the the now empty... read the post »
Apr 12 2017
Part 1: Phonetics
ðɪs ɪz ʌ sɛntɛns ɪn aɪpieɪ (IPA). aɪ æm nɑt vɛɹi gʊd æt tʃɹænzleitɪŋ IPA, so aɪ wɪl pɹɑbəbli mɛik ʌ lɑɾ əv mɪstɛiks. aɪ tʊk ʌ kwɪz ɑn IPA ʌ kʌpl wiks əgo, so hopfəli mɑɪ ɹʌf tʃɹænskɹɪpʃɪn mɛiks sɛns!
ɪf ju kɛn rid ðɪs wɪðɑut hævɪŋ sin oɹ lɚnd IPA bifoɹ, ðæt ɪz ɹili ɪmpɹɛsɪv! gəd dʒɑb.
IPA ɪz ʌ tul tu hɛlp pipəl, ɛspɛʃəli lɪŋguɪsts, tu ʌndɚstænd ðʌ fənɛɾɪks ænd fənɑlədʒi ʌv ʌ læŋguɪdʒ. IPA kən ɛkspɹɛs pɹɪti mʌtʃ ɛvɹi pɑsɪbəl saʊnd ðæt hjumənz kən meɪk tu kəmjunɪkeit wɪθ itʃʌðɚ ɪn ðʌ kɑntɛkst ʌv læŋguɪdʒ. sɪns IPA ɪz junɪvɝsəl, pipəl ɛniwɛɹ kən ʌndɚstænd haʊ ə wɝd ɪz pɹənaʊnst sinss IPA, ɪn θiɹi, gɪvs ə junik mæpɪŋ fɹʌm IPA sɪmbəlz tu ðə saʊndz ðɛi ɹɛpɹəzɛnt.
ɪn ðɪs blɑg post, al gɪv ə vɛri kɔrs ovɚvju ʌv ði IPA ælfəbɛt fɚ ɪŋglɪʃ, ænd ðɛn si haʊ wi kæn juz IPA tu tɔk əbaʊt... read the post »
Mar 20 2017
Is it already the seventh week of the semester?
To be honest, I've been chugging work from such a consistent, ever-so-slightly-bulging firehose for so long that this fact surprises me. It's almost like I hadn't noticed the time go by, which isn't entirely true: I guess what I mean to say is that I've never really been able to take a break yet this semester. A true break. A break where, after the fourth midterm you've taken in two days, you celebrate by declaring the night off from work, and you won't have a new pile of things to do waiting the next morning as a consequence.
Spring break please come soon.
I'd also like to opine that although MIT is indubitably hard, much of the difficulty is self-prescribed: it is often the case that students here take on more classes, more committments, more work than is expected of them. There are always exceptional people here, people that I admire and deeply respect, yet I always have to remind myself that MIT isn't a race, and there isn't... read the post »