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Krystal L. '17

May 21 2017

It Ends

Posted in: Miscellaneous, Life & Culture

First, a semantic distinction. When does a "day” truly begin? Does it start at the stroke of midnight, at the sun’s first rays, or at whatever moment I finally decide to roll out of bed? As a college student with a highly irregular sleep schedule, I find the first two methodologies too regimented to be useful when attempting to frame my life in increments of “days”. For documentation purposes, my last last day of school will begin with me rolling out of bed on a particularly warm Thursday morning in the middle of May. As an aside, it may or may not be of interest to note that my last penultimate day did not end until 4:05 am, courtesy of some late night lab work for one of my last final projects. But we aren't here to discuss my last penultimate day. We are here to discuss my last last day, so without further ado, here is how it begins:

8:10 AM – My phone alarm shatters the sweet silence of my 4-hour slumber, but I use ninja-like reflexes to snooze it. Multiple times. The only... read the post »

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Apr 15 2017

Maseeh Hall: Pros and Cons

Posted in: Miscellaneous, Life & Culture

The summer before freshman year, I remember the struggle I had trying to decide which dorm I wanted to live in for my first year at MIT. I must confess that it was a short struggle. The plethora of options was so overwhelming that I essentially gave up and ranked the dorms by seemingly arbitrary criteria without doing any research into them.

Here were my rankings and thoughts: 1) Baker: because I was hosted here for CPW and thought it was awesome that the rooms had sinks in them. 2) Maseeh: because it looks clean and it’s close to everything. 3) I can’t even remember what I ranked past number 2 because I didn’t have any strong opinions either way. I do, however, remember ranking Next House last because the only thing I knew about it was that I thought it was really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really far from everything (debatable, if I'm being honest with myself).

Things turned out fine for me. I ended up in Maseeh and I liked it so much, I have... read the post »

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Mar 12 2017

Putting The Pieces Together: Hacking at MakeMIT

Posted in: Miscellaneous, Life & Culture

How many biological engineers does it take to make a motorized butterfly that chugs along the top of a giant golden cardboard stag head?

On Saturday, February 25, 2017, four intrepid biological engineers (Cathy, Katherine, Tara, and I) embarked on a daring journey into the world of “making” by signing up for MakeMIT, even though they had no experience whatsoever with anything at all.

MakeMIT is a hardware hackathon on MIT’s campus that brings over 250 students together to hack, make, and create to their hearts’ content for 16 straight hours. Hosted in the student center, the free event supplies all the materials and machinery that a hacker might need to prototype and develop their ideas: Raspberry Pi’s, Oculus Rifts, laser cutters, 3D printers, bandsaws, plywood, 1000 yards of fishing line, and much, much more. Corporate sponsors are also there to provide a few proprietary products for use (i.e. Nvidia Jetsons or Markforged 3D printers), as well as opportunities for... read the post »

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Feb 23 2017

Follow Me: A Video Tour of Campus

Posted in: Miscellaneous, MIT Facts, Life & Culture

I made a video-thing!

During the second snow day of the semester, I roped my friends Cathy '17 and Tara '17 into making a video for all you wonderful readers out there. I followed them around campus while they talked about MIT, life, the universe, and other super specific things, like grass allergies and how to pronounce the word "Stata". If that sounds like a fun way to spend your next 21 minutes, then you're in luck. Boy, oh boy, do I have the video for you. 

Our goal was to make an accessible, virtual tour of MIT's campus for people who want to know what it's like to be at MIT but can't necessarily make the trek out here. Without a pre-planned script, Cathy and Tara just talked about whatever came to mind wherever they were at the time. It's not meant to be a professional tour of MIT, but rather a casual conversation with friends. 

If you don't really feel like investing 20+ minutes of your life into watching this video (even though we would love it if you did!),... read the post »

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Feb 8 2017

Twenty-One Days Abroad in Twenty-One Photographs

Posted in: Miscellaneous, Academics & Research

Over IAP, I had the opportunity to participate in one of MIT's IAP programs in Madrid. I enrolled in 21L.590 Global Literature (although on Stellar, it's listed as "Cultural Encounters: Spain and Beyond"), a full semester course condensed down into 12 days. This particular course was taught in English, but for those looking for a more Spanish-language intensive course, MIT also offers Spanish 2 and Spanish Conversation and Composition courses in Madrid over IAP, both taught in Spanish. Having already taken Spanish Conversation and Composition in the fall semester, I thought 21L.590 would be the perfect chance to finally take a Literature course and practice my Spanish speaking skills. The course would end up covering a crash course on Spanish history, an assortment of Spanish poetry, various excerpts from literary texts, films from differing perspectives, a play (Blood Wedding by Federico García Lorca), and a novel (Leaving Atocha Station by Ben Lerner), among other things.... read the post »

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