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Nisha D. '21

Jun 26 2018

Murals of East Campus

Posted in: Miscellaneous, Life & Culture

(This is the second half of the Art of East Campus series. The first part can be found here!)

My first and lasting impression of the standard college dorm room can be summed up by this picture. This might be because my formative experiences with college living spaces were from residential summer camps - at every single camp I went to, I was housed in a dorm room that looked something like that picture. I think I entered college subconsciously expecting this from my dorm as well. I didn’t go to CPW, and even though I had prowled the East Campus website extensively and seen pictures of its interior, the magnitude of how different EC is from normal college dorms didn’t fully hit me until I walked in for the first time.

For those of you who have visited East Campus might know, the walls of all ten halls here are almost entirely covered with murals painted by students over the years. Some of these murals have long and storied histories, while some of them were probably painted last... read the post »


Jun 16 2018

Doors of East Campus

Posted in: Miscellaneous, Life & Culture

This is the first in a series of a couple of posts I wanted to do on art in my dorm, East Campus. According to the MIT Mind and Hand Book, MIT allows three undergraduate dorms (Random Hall, East Campus, and Burton Conner - rip Senior House) to paint murals on the dormitory walls. All three of these dorms have spectacular murals, but I wanted to talk about my own dorm - and as you might have guessed from the title, I want to focus on the door murals in particular for this post.

When you first move in, one of the first steps in making East Campus your home is painting your door - at least, that was my experience, but I’m sure a lot of people can testify to that. East Campus culture is very heavy on individuality and how you choose to represent yourself, and your door is perhaps the most tangible example of this.

One of the first things my roommate and I did together was paint our door. When we moved in, the door was painted a really ugly yellow and covered in some weird foam, so... read the post »


Jun 11 2018

past, present, future

Posted in: Miscellaneous


At the beginning of the semester, upon looking at my overloaded schedule, pretty much every upperclassman I know (as well as my advisor) told me that I was pulling a “freshman spring” and taking too many classes. As it happens, they turned out to be right. Listen to your elders, kids.

Still, though, I’m glad I did it. I learned the limits of how much my brain can successfully absorb, and learned what it was like to have absolutely no free time whatsoever. I vaguely learned how to manage my time so that all my psets got done, and I learned that it’s okay to get an extension from S^3 when you’re literally too hosed to function.

There are some things I wish I could change. I regret not taking 6.004 (Computation Structures) this semester - it was Chris Terman’s last semester teaching, and he’s a verifiable icon in the MIT community. I wish I had checked how many finals I would have to take at the beginning of the semester instead of realizing somewhere in the middle that I... read the post »


Apr 9 2018

I went outside!

Posted in: Miscellaneous, Life & Culture

Seriously, this is a real occasion. People talk about never leaving the MIT bubble, and I didn't really think about how little I actually leave campus until I eventually realized that I barely leave my dorm, let alone MIT. Which is why my first blog post in a million years is about me doing the unforeseeable and Going Outside! (It's also because I took a bunch of really nice pictures and want people to see them, tbh)

MIT seems to realize that its students need to get out more, so we actually have something called the MIT Outing Club. Most of what they do is organize trips into the Great Outdoors for MIT students, but they also have rental cabins that students can use for a small fee. One of the halls in East Campus has an annual camping trip, and this year they rented out MIT OC's Camelot cabin in Rumney, New Hampshire over the weekend.

The trip wasn't very long - it lasted a grand total of 26 hours, which could probably set records for the world's shortest camping trip, but we... read the post »


Feb 14 2018

Semester II: v. hosed

Posted in: Miscellaneous, Life & Culture

You know you’re hosed when it takes you a week after classes start to write about your classes. Seriously, look at this mess.

(Realistically, it looks more like this because who even goes to all of their classes? Definitely not me - I decided to write this post right after I decided I wasn’t going to attend any of my Monday classes)

Sophomore Standing

If you’re scratching your head and wondering how exactly MIT is allowing me to take this many classes, it’s because I accepted early sophomore standing, which gets rid of the 57 unit credit limit that second semester freshmen normally have. Basically, to get sophomore standing, you have to have 96 units of credit by the end of first semester, have completed 25% of your GIRs, and have taken one CI-H/HW class. Somewhere between 25-30% of freshmen are offered sophomore standing, but I’d estimate that the percentage that actually accept is probably closer to 10-15%. There are a lot of reasons to accept/not accept sophomore... read the post »