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Kevin S. '19

Jun 7 2017

Finals away from finals

Posted in: Miscellaneous, Prepare for MIT, Life & Culture

Somehow this semester I ended up taking all project-based classes — with no final exams. To be fair, instead, all my classes had assignments and/or exams the last two weeks of classes.


Hardware for my group's 6.S08 final project


Classwork for all my courses: 6.S08 final project state machine draft, top left. 6.031 exam crib sheet, top right. 21M.846 symposium script and program, bottom left. 6.004 Beta documentation, bottom right.




But, no finals meant I was free to go on the last day of classes, a week early. And after my last class on Thursday, fly away I did. I ran back to my room, packed my bags, and somehow made it thru rush-hour T-traffic to get to the airport just — literally just — in time for my flight to Denver and 2 hour-long midnight uber ride through 33-degree sleet and rain en route to Colorado Springs for the 2017 US Figure Skating Jump On It! Camp. It was 93 degrees when I left Boston.



Assisting my coach during the Jump... read the post »


May 2 2017


Posted in: Miscellaneous, Freshman Applicants, Prepare for MIT, Life & Culture

I — all of Class of 2019 — had been looking forward to this day all semester. I even downloaded a countdown tracker on my phone, reminding me every time I turned on my phone the number of days until Delivery. It's motivated me to get through some hard weeks — "It's almost time," they said.

Day-of, I still had a pset due at 10pm. Delivery started at 7pm. I finally committed the last of my code at 7:15p, and hastily dressed up and headed over to the State Room. Luckily, groups of people were still flooding in, packing a thousand or so 2019s into two floors overlooking Downtown Boston. It was indeed a gorgeous view.

After picking up my rings — I ended up going with a gold and an Ultrium companion, not an easy choice considering all the options! — and snacking on some food, I went off to take pictures, lots of pictures. An entire night worth of pictures.


Luis G. '19 and I met during our summer preorientation program. Been best of friends ever since. Photo creds: Burhan A.... read the post »


Apr 16 2017

Beta CPW

Posted in: Miscellaneous, Prepare for MIT, Life & Culture

Ever wonder what a deep fried McChicken would taste like? How about deep fried Bertucci’s Pizza? We will have a selection of the finest local food, battered and deep fried (double deep fried fries?!?). Some regular food will be available for people who want functioning arteries.

This read our inaugural Deep Fried Taste of Kenmore Square event hosted by my fraternity, Beta Theta Pi, during CPW last weekend. Here are some photos to attest to just how terrifying delicious re-deep-frying deep-fried food is:




The day before we also hosted a board games and milkshakes night. The day before that we invited the early pre-frosh arrivals to a welding event at our machine shop. Saturday night we put on our signature CPW Laser Maze event, one year better. Inspiration? Mission: Impossible. One of our brothers designed all the circuits from the ground up, and got help from other Course 6's and 2's to build out the circuitry piece by piece. 


Both my roommate... read the post »


Apr 6 2017

Room Tour

Posted in: Miscellaneous, Prepare for MIT, Life & Culture

2021s, can't wait to meet y'all this week!

To give you guys a sneak peek of what is to come, I (finally!) got around to learning how to film and edit videos. Here's my first shot at it, and a room tour to show for it. Enjoy!

Shameless plug -- stop by the Meet the Bloggers event Friday night if you're here for CPW! I quote, See the folks behind the illustrated avatars as we emerge, blinking, from behind our computer screens, into the wider world.

Intriguing, eh?

We're all beyond excited to meet y'all!


Jan 20 2017

Itinerary: IAP 2017

Posted in: Miscellaneous, Life & Culture

2016 -> 2017

On Tuesday the 3rd, I packed up what was left of 2016 into several boxes. I left it all behind in Boston as I embarked on my first trip of 2017, bringing along one suitcase and carry on. It was all that I could -- and wanted -- to manage on an eventful month-long excursion around the country.

I carried with me, too, my New Year's resolution(s).

My one goal for 2017? To get back on a normal sleep schedule. "Normal," meaning not going to bed at 3am and waking up just in time for lunch. Still a work in progress -- I'll keep you guys updated.



On Wednesday the 4th, after my last practice on home ice at the Skating Club of Boston, I left for Oxford, Ohio, for the 2017 John and Nellie Wooden Institute at Miami University. For four days, two of my fellow fraternity brothers and I joined Betas from other chapters across the U.S. and immersed ourselves in the fundamentals of principled leadership and reflected upon the heritage and ritual of Beta... read the post »