Ben O. '19
Feb 26 2017
As an African American I have always felt left out when it comes to language, and to a larger extent culture. For many of my friends, language is the key to their culture; there was a big difference between my General Tso's chicken and my friends' 麻婆豆腐 ("ma po dou fu”) or my birthday party and my Hispanic friend’s quinceaneras. There was a realness, a distinct culture, a sense of history and background that I simply did not possess or understand. I felt like I was missing out on an entire world that everyone else seemed to have. This was further enforced by the fact that my community largely looked like me. A lot of us are poor, black, and had lost any long standing culture that our ancestors may have had at any point of time. We have no unique language, or holidays, or rituals. Of course we have genres of music, clothing, and stories that are unique to the African American experience, but there was nothing as tangible, nothing that I could undeniably call mine. I feel that... read the post »
Dec 27 2016
This past weekend I was somewhere between flying and drowning. Finals were...... Finals. On the other hand I was about to be able to go home and see my family, and there was nobody I wanted to see more after a week of grueling exams. However, during this time I decided to take a break from the endless hours of studying and just go through some old pictures on my phone for nostalgia purposes and I came across this:
For those of you that haven’t gotten there yet, Chris always has some of the current bloggers do a Q&A session with the incoming class. We just sort of take some time to answer any random questions like “how often can you change your major, how is cooking for yourself, do we hate Harvard kids, where does the illuminati stay on campus, can someone major in a humanities, do you really have to learn major numbers” (answers: a zillion, awesome, LOL, to the left of the interdimensional door, YES YOU CAN #ChineseCourse20doublemajor, if you don’t learn them you will be... read the post »
Nov 20 2016
MIT is, at the very least, interesting when it comes to biology. You will find there are two groups of people. There is group A that despises biology and if it weren’t for 7.01x being a GIR (a required class at MIT), they would never come anywhere near biology. Group B on the other hand is a mix of anxious premeds and kids trying to convince their parents that going to grad school can be just as rewarding as going to med school….. groupA>>groupB. I quite obviously fall into group B (the second half of group B, I thought I had convinced my parents that grad school would be cool, but they recently found that MD/PhD is a thing, so I still have a lot of persuading to do), I love biology and I spend a lot of my time telling my course 2 (ME), course 18 (math), course 8 (physics), course 16 (aero/astro) and very very very course 6 (EECS) fraternity that biology is a real science (I am the only course 20 in a group of 60ish so I have had a lot of interesting conversations at my fraternity... read the post »
Aug 22 2016
For many people, the idea of "what do I want to be when I grow up" is a question that is easily answered when we are five or six (princess, tiger (shoutout to my little sister Mikayla), spaceman, firefighter, president, etc.), but as the time comes for us to truly decide what we are going to do with our lives the question becomes infinitely more difficult. As time goes on, it is no longer just a question of what you want to be, but also how much money will such a career much, does this career require formal education, if so how many years, do you need an MD, do you need a PhD, how often will I have to move, are there any jobs available in this field, etc. It is no longer a question that can be easily answered by just saying the first thing that comes to mind. There is time, thought, and effort that now has to be put into thinking about what is that you want to do for, potentially, the rest of your life. Even here at MIT this is a question that students struggle with. There are so... read the post »
Jul 11 2016
I would like to preface this by saying if you haven't read Vincent's amazing post "Black Lives Matter" (http://mitadmissions.org/blogs/entry/black-lives-matter), read that first, then come back and read this post.
As many of you are aware, the racial tensions in America are currently at an all-time high. From the murder of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, to the tragic deaths of four hardworking police officers in Dallas, it feels like America is barely holding together. As events unfolded a number of questions presented themselves to both black minds and not:
"I am not black, can I still support Black Lives Matter?"
"Is there even really a race issue?"
"Are you okay?"
"What is the point? Nothing is going to change."
"You go to MIT, isn't that enough proof to say that racism isn't alive?"
"Isn't Black Lives Matter just a hate group? Shouldn't we be working to shut them down?"
"What about black-on-black crime?"
"Do you hate the police?"
"Aren't the police... read the post »