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Sabrina M. '19

Jul 13 2017

The Room Where It Happens

Posted in: Life & Culture

For those of you who don’t keep up with the blogs, I’m Sabrina M. ‘19, and I just finished my second year at MIT. Until recently, I was the Senior Haus co-president, until suddenly, there was no Senior House anymore.

You might notice, as you read this, that I switch between House and Haus a lot. For the sake of clarity: Senior House is a building. It is located at 70 Amherst St (formerly 4 Ames St), right across the street from the Media Lab. Up until recently, it was MIT’s oldest undergraduate dormitory; we celebrated 100 years of being open just last October.

Senior Haus is my home. It is the late nights and early mornings spent painting my room, the smell of rush burgers and cigarettes that I never smoked, the sound of loud music reverberating through the halls, and the soft breeze felt as the tire swing flew past me. It’s the friend that comforted me as I cried on and on about failing my first class, the desk workers who let me miss shifts when the world felt like it was... read the post »

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Apr 13 2017

Sport CPW

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

CPW has come and gone, and it’s left all the students of MIT with sunny weather for this week. I should preface this by saying: I love CPW. I organized CPW in my dorm last year. It is one of my favorite times of the school year, because I love having silly events and meeting excited prefrosh. I also love my dorm, Senior Haus, and I’ve written about it before. Mix the two together and you just get a really excitable and energetic version of myself for one weekend.

I didn’t get many pictures for two reasons: one, a lot of our events are discussions or activities relating to what can be sensitive or private material, and students come here seeking a safe space, so, we definitely don’t snap pictures of those. And second, I’m really forgetful and can never remember to take photos. Regardless, I’ve compiled what I have, and for what I don’t, I wrote the best descriptions I could. So, in a particular, but not chronological, order, here are some of the events we had at Senior Haus:

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Apr 5 2017

A World of Pure Curation

Posted in: Miscellaneous

In February, I interviewed Holly H. ’18, about her art gallery in the Student Center. Holly is a Comparative Media Studies major, skilled photographer, writer, fimographer, and visual artist. On top of that, she is also an MIT Arts Scholar. So, what do you get when you combine these all together? One multimedia experience that is both a deeper look into her personal life, and strikingly politically charged. The exhibit, which was up for the month of February, was created and curated by her (with some art contributions from another student). Our interview is transcribed below, but first, here’s some notable parts and video work of the exhibition:

 

What’s the name of your gallery, Holly?

  • Holly: Well it’s funny you ask. I couldn’t think of what to call it, and so it became desperate because it was like the day before, and so I Googled “How to Name your Exhibition”, and apparently there’s a WikiHow article called “WikiHow: How to Name Your Solo Exhibition”. And... read the post »

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Nov 2 2016

“Failing” at MIT

Posted in: Miscellaneous

For a lot of incoming MIT students, the story is the same. Four relatively easy years of high school seem to fly by; SAT’s, ACT’s, TGIF’s, BYOB’s, and a whole slew of other acronyms leave you with a warm, tingly feeling that makes you tear up a bit during graduation. Or maybe the story has some variations: you don’t cry, but instead, silently cheer because you’re finally starting something new. Regardless, the end (or is it the beginning?) is the same: you come to MIT, most likely as a freshman, bright-eyed, confident, and on top of the world. So, now, this may be the moment where you have to immerse yourself into this persona if this isn’t you, so I’ve tried my best, through one of my favorite mediums, short stories:


I go to M-I-expletive-T,
a girl thinks to herself on the first day of classes. She’s dreamt about this moment ever since she first saw the acronym MIT in half of the articles on Popular Science. She is on Cloud Nine, wispy streams of vapor following her shoes... read the post »

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Oct 6 2016

Curbing Hunger at MIT

Posted in: Miscellaneous

Being a college student in a dorm means finally having to decide how and what you want to eat for the next 4+ years. For some, it’s as simple as picking which dining hall you want to go to. For others, it’s a confusing mess of “Where do I start? How do I start? When will I have time to start?” I’ve been through it. It doesn’t have to be a hair pulling mess, because in the end, food is great. I like food, you like food. So let’s get this show on the road.*

A Couple of Doors Down (cooking is fun, too)

Taking charge in the kitchen isn’t quite as hard as it looks. While it may be easy to fall back on the sweet embrace of instant ramen, easy mac, and frozen dinners, cooking is the kind of skill you’ll be glad you learned in college. After that, in twenty years, it’ll be hard to explain to your doctor why you solely eat food that comes from a box. Plus, when you’re not on a meal plan, it becomes your cheapest option. So now, you’re probably thinking, “Cooking? I’ve never cooked a day... read the post »

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