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Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Kevin S. '19

Dec 21 2017

The final stretch

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

We're halfway through finals week. This semester, though, I lucked out on not having to take any once again.

Last semester, I took all project-based classes. This semester, I have one class with an optional final, 6.034 Artificial Intelligence. The grading for this class is quite unique. We have 10 labs, 4 midterms -- each broken down to the Core section and the Spiritual/Right Now section. The final exam is there to provide an additional opportunity to improve your score on any section of one of the 4 midterms. I lucked out and squeezed a high enough grade on our fourth midterm that I don't need the take the final.

For my other Course 6 class, 6.815 Digital and Computational Photography, we had our final project due last Wednesday on the last day of classes. We had the liberty to choose any topic or field to explore in the realm of computational photography, and I picked non-photorealistic rendering. The algorithm I implemented turned any photo into a brush-stroke painting... read the post »


Nov 21 2017

Skating or School?

Posted in: Miscellaneous, Life & Culture

Before coming to MIT, I had no idea if I wanted to continue skating, training, and competing. Before committing to MIT, I accepted the fact that, as a full-time student as a full-time MIT student, there was the all-to-plausible possibility that I wouldn't have the time, energy, or resources to continue to pursue the sport.

I had no idea what I was getting myself into, how I would adapt and adjust to the rigor and intensity of the course load, if I would have any free time at all outside classes, if it was worth it at all, that pursuing skating and MIT meant I would be subpar in both, not able to fully dedicate myself to one or the other.

I expected the worst, and accepted the fact that in my 12-year long stint as a figure skater, I had had a fulfilling-enough career, and if choosing MIT meant that I had to give up the sport, that would be just all right, that I would move on and pursue another dream -- and whatever else the Institute would have in store for me.

And yet, here I... read the post »


Nov 1 2017

ETH Zürich, hier komme ich!

Posted in: Miscellaneous, Academics & Research

I'm studying abroad next semester at ETH Zurich in Switzerland! (Or more officially, Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich!)

It all happened very quickly. I first heard about the program during the summer from an email sent out to Course 6 Class of 2019. My friend had also sent it out to a group chat, and we all drooled at the thought of spending Spring 2018 abroad, especially because Switzerland and chocolate. My friends and I had considered taking part in the Cambridge-MIT Exchange for the entirety of Junior year, but the program was canceled just last year. I had been on the lookout for other options, and ETH seemed to be the perfect fit. An exchange through Course 2 had been in place for the past few years, but this would be the first time through Course 6.


How it all began


There was an info session mid-September, and the application was due within the week. I promptly asked my summer UROP supervisor for a letter of recommendation, and also sent an email... read the post »


Oct 1 2017

Third times the charm

Posted in: Miscellaneous, Life & Culture

The past few weeks have been quite the welcome-back-to-MIT-and-the-firehose-oh-havent-you-missed-me-dearly kind of back-to-school welcome.

Before having much time to recharge from my summer travels -- I was home briefly on 3 separate occasions (my family got 2 new Maltese puppers!); at a ski resort in Salt Lake City for a weekend, Seattle to visit friends, twice to Colorado Springs for training, Detroit for a competition, Chicago to visit my cousin at residency, and NYC just for fun (more on all that in a future post) -- I was back on campus to help serve as a counselor for the week-long DiscoverEE FPOP.

My family took into our home two new Maltese girls -- Tiffany and Coco -- after our family friends from Australia moved out of California. They are the sweetest!

Reaching the summit of a 11k foot mountain, Mount Baldy, at Snowbird in Salt Lake City. Disclaimer: to be fair, I took a tram up most of the way and only actually hiked the last 1k or so feet of elevation.

... read the post »


Jul 11 2017

HackMIT 2017: Friends ❤, Food, and Flying Deloreans (Guest Post)

Posted in: Miscellaneous, Life & Culture

I took part in HackMIT last year, and it was a great deal of fun! I had the chance to learn some web dev with my friends, meet industry mentors, and tinker around with lots of new shiny gadgets, technologies, and APIs, i.e. VR headsets, fitness bands, IoT devices, APIs for delivery, money transfer, mapping, etc. 

Without further ado, here's a quick guest post update on the upcoming HackMIT!




Hey there~!

We’re Shannon P. ‘20 and Jierui F. ‘20, and we’re on the HackMIT organizing team, a part of MIT TechX. Every year, we organize HackMIT, a weekend-long event that brings over 1000 college students from around the world onto MIT campus. Over the course of 24 hours, attendees form teams, enjoy (delicious) food, exchange ideas, and work together to build exciting tech: some cool examples are headphone-assisted navigation for the blind, blood sample diagnoses using an app and attachable lens, and even an app for matchmaking via fingerprint. (To learn about what it’s like... read the post »