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Joonho K. '20

Jun 12 2018

start of summer tidbits

Posted in: Miscellaneous, Life & Culture


Just giving a quick update on what's going on with my life and what I'm doing this summer. I'm doing this because a) I need to break my blogger drought (rip sophomore year) and b) I'm working on a really big blog post but it'll take some more time, and in the interim I'll be doing a lot of small, bite-size blog posts!

So how was sophomore year?

Hm. Academically, it was rough, for sure. I'll get more into it in a future blog post, but the classes were definitely the hardest they've ever been, and I'm sure they'll only get harder. :(

But I got to spend that year in Next House, and in Sigma Phi Epsilon, and with Toons, and a lot of new people. And when I look at my experience last year overall... it wasn't too bad. (More to come later.)

What am I doing this summer?

So you may have heard of x-terms, which is a new thing that is starting this fall. I was lucky enough to get an offer from a company called Everbridge to work for them in the fall as a part-time software... read the post »


Mar 17 2018

The truth I learned about Japan, as a Korean

Posted in: Miscellaneous

(This is a very rough, more fleshed-out English translation of this post.)

I was born in America, but my parents and grandparents were born in Seoul. I've heard stories from my grandparents about their memories of living poorly during the wartime, which was made worse by the strict Japanese government [under occupation]. Even now, when I talk with my uncle, I get a sense that some of those wartime feelings continue to this day. Last year, after summer vacation, I had this kind of conversation with my uncle:

"Joonho, how was summer vacation?"
"It was fun, I did research at MIT and traveled to Japan."
"That's good! But... why did you go to Japan of all places? Wouldn't other countries be more fun to visit?"

Like my uncle, I'm proud to be a Korean. But I've never really held any negative opinions about Japan. "In the international age that is the present, why are my relatives misunderstanding Japan?" I wondered. [This train of thought] led me to study Japanese, in order to... read the post »


Mar 16 2018


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



「楽したかったです。MIT で研究したり日本に旅行したりしました。」


... read the post »


Mar 1 2018

some food around boston

Posted in: Miscellaneous, Life & Culture

It is my long-term quest to visit as many ramen shops around Boston as I can before I guaduate.

So far, I have been doing okay but could be doing better: close to MIT, there's Sapporo Ramen in the H-Mart at Central Square. It's not as good as the actual Sapporo Ramen at Porter, (or so I hear: I've yet to go) but it's good in a pinch and when you're craving.

Then, just off Newbury Street not far after crossing the Harvard Bridge to get on the Boston side, there's Santouka, which is a fairly decent, small shop that serves really good ramen. There's another Santouka at Harvard Square that is the main shop, and they're even better (imo).

There's one place called Yume wo Katare (夢を語れ), also in Porter, that has basically only one menu item, which is pork ramen, and they give you a HUGE serving. I haven't been yet, but I'm going to save a trip there for a special occasion. 

The place I went to last week was Ganko Ittetsu in Brookline, which was a small shop with warm vibes... read the post »


Feb 1 2018

Room 251

Posted in: Life & Culture

IAP is almost over! I wasn't on campus for most of it, but I finally returned to Next House last week in time for UPOP's week-long training workshop, which is about to come to a close. I had a wonderful experience, and it was a lot more fun than I expected it to be! I might blog about it in another post, but for now, I wanted to give a small room tour!

I live in room 251, which means I live on the second floor. More specifically, I live in 2 East, or 2E for short. 2E is like a family to me, and I would give a shoutout to every single one who lives on 2E right now, but I'd take up an entire blog post just for that, so maybe another time. <3 I will give a shoutout to my roommates Caleb R. and Cory L. (both 2020s) thought because relevant. Anyway, here's the room~


the view when you first walk in the room

There are only two closets in the room, so I hang my heavy winter clothes in a more... creative way. There's a pipe that runs along the ceiling that I use to hang coats and... read the post »