Michelle G. '18
Oct 12 2016
There is this class I'm taking called 18.100B (Real Analysis) which I can't tell if I love or hate. I’ll be working on the problem sets and thinking like, "man, this is amazing, I can feel myself getting smarter by the second! I feel like I’m finally starting to get math." But then, the workload is super intense, and my brain can only take so much abuse before whining at me like "what the heck are you doing, you’ve been working on this for ten hours it’s 7 a.m. jesus christ, go to sleep," but I can’t cause it’s due the next day. Basically, finishing the problems feels amazing and rewarding, but doing them takes forever and routinely costs me sleep.
Usually, I am fine with losing a night's sleep as long as I don’t have to do anything attention-demanding the next day and can can crash sometime early in the evening. If I force myself to stay up longer than that, though, I will start to feel less-fine and my internal monologue will gradually evolve into a running commentary on how... read the post »
Sep 25 2016
Posted in: Life & Culture
The other day I was talking to someone new, and he asked me what year I was. I said junior, and he said, “ah, yeah, that’s usually when people start to become super jaded. Have you gotten to that point yet?”
I said, “hm, I don’t know.”
It’s interesting, I’ve heard people use that word here before, like it’s a thing - becoming jaded with being at MIT after experiencing two or three years of it. It means losing your underclassman excitement, feeling tired and cynical, not bothering to remind yourself that you’re living out a rare and coveted opportunity, and generally not caring as much. I don’t know if it’s the word I would use to describe how I’ve been feeling, but I know there was a point in the past when I cared more than I do today. I don’t think that’s necessarily a bad thing, though, it’s more just an observation.
One way to describe how I have been feeling since the semester started is something like “disillusioned,” but with maybe fewer angsty connotations. I think that... read the post »
Sep 8 2016
So if you've been reading these blogs for a while now, you might already be familiar with my experience of choosing a major. In summary, I came into MIT not knowing what I would study, ended up going with economics (Course 14), realized over the course of the following year that this was a really good decision, and continue to highly recommend it. I like to talk about my major a lot, but one thing that I guess I haven't mentioned here before is my feeling that it is super under-appreciated by undergraduates in terms of the number of people who do it. As of some time in the fall of last year, there were three economics majors in the entire class of '18. Seriously, three (!!) out of over a thousand.
On first glance, it's hard to see what's not to love about the department. We've got a high density of intimidatingly famous economists, course material that is relevant and cool, diverse job prospects after graduation, and some #1 world rankings by those sketchy university ranking... read the post »
Aug 30 2016
Posted in: Miscellaneous
This morning my mom showed me a newspaper article and asked me my opinion of it. I’ve been thinking about it throughout the day, and felt it was interesting enough to share and discuss. See here:
(sorry for the quality!)
The article is basically about how the Princeton University human resources department released guidelines on the type of language they are encouraged to use in official communications. The title is a little misleading, given that the text explicitly states (contrary to its title) that “no words or phrases have been banned at the university.” Even so, it's pretty significant that these guidelines have been released, given that they endorse a modification of language which many people would think of as controversial. I don’t think the idea of abolishing gendered language is really being discussed in the mainstream, so for a department at one of the world’s most prestigious universities to support it - at least in formal settings - is big news.
To be clear,... read the post »
Aug 23 2016
Man, it’s that time of year again. I find it like half weird and half amazing to think that it’s been over two full years since I first moved in to start my first semester, and that within the next week or so over a thousand new faces will have materialized on campus to inherit their status as excited, anxious, wide-eyed freshmen. I was sitting here trying to think of what I could offer in the way of advice, thinking I could write something like, “remember to go to class! eat regularly. keep a normal sleep schedule. have fun!” etc, which is definitely true and good advice, though would still make me feel disingenuous to say, because I personally never did any of that stuff. I could also throw in some mention of how MIT is the “best place on earth,” but again if I’m being honest I would have to qualify that by noting that such is true for a lot of people, while others would disagree. It was totally true for sophomore me, for example, but freshman me felt differently.
I don’t have... read the post »