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Ben O. '19

Jul 6 2017

Work Hard, Play Hard

Posted in: Miscellaneous, Information, Prepare for MIT, Life & Culture

Personally, I have always considered myself a pretty social person. I have always loved just spending a bunch of time hanging out with friends and just kind of doing nothing but chillin. However, on the other end I have always been very serious about school. In high school, there were very many times that I would spend Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights studying rather than going to whatever social thing my friends were doing. Often, I didn’t really mind because I really liked school and I would also always put in my best effort to try to make it up to them; however, for a number of reasons I feel like my ability to balance work/school with friends/free time has changed a lot since I got to MIT.

One of the biggest changes between high school and college is just the amount of freedom you have. I remember thinking in high school, “I hope the MIT curfew is not too early……… (there is no curfew in college :P),” you can be anywhere at any time just as long as you put in the effort to... read the post »

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May 17 2017

Making the hard decision

Posted in: Miscellaneous, Information, Life & Culture, Majors & Minors

I have always loved writing. I have always enjoyed the freedom of coming up with stories, making worlds that I wish I could live in, or bringing together thoughts about my own life to come up with a coherent narrative. On the visual arts side, I spent a lot of time doing Blender (a 3D animation program) when I had free time back in high school. For me it was a way for me to take the world that I know, and modify it in a way that made the world truly mine. However, despite my love for writing and 3D animation I believe my primary passion has always been cancer research. This made MIT almost a natural place for me to want to go, but the longer that I am here the more I have become aware that for many visual arts and writing was more than a hobby, it is a passion equivalent to my love for cancer research. As I have heard stories of friends, I have found a problem for incoming freshman that love literature or visual arts is "How do I decide between MIT, and an art school?" or "MIT and a... read the post »

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Feb 26 2017

Language

Posted in: Miscellaneous, MIT Facts, Information, Life & Culture, Majors & Minors

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 »

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Dec 27 2016

Thanks Guys

Posted in: Miscellaneous, Information, Prepare for MIT, Life & Culture

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 »

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Nov 20 2016

Biological Engineering at MIT

Posted in: Miscellaneous, Academics & Research, Information, Prepare for MIT

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 »

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