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Phoebe C. '18

Oct 18 2017

love or lust

Posted in: Academics & Research

recently, i have been having a lot of thoughts about the ways in which finding and committing yourself to work you love is like romantic love and commitment. here are some of them.


for me, this spring and summer were full of striking moments when i made big realizations about myself and i suddenly became more sure of major decisions about the future. they were the moments when i just knew, when my lingering doubts about going to grad school dissipated. there was a moment last semester when i felt this sense of clarity regarding the fact that there was nothing i would rather be doing than economics research. it’s not like that moment came out of nowhere — i’ve been course 14 since sophomore year, and i’ve liked the classes i’ve taken and books i’ve read enough to stay in the department, but i never felt totally sure about it. i would think about the other things i enjoyed, worry that i was giving up on other dreams, or i would just avoid thinking about the future... read the post »


Sep 17 2017

back-to-school special

Posted in: Miscellaneous, Life & Culture


i've been back on campus for about two weeks now, but it feels like it's been so much longer! it's been a busy but not overwhelming two weeks. i have felt much more at peace over the past few months (a change that warrants its own post--basically, i feel increasingly like i know what i'm doing with myself, and it's a really good feeling) and am grappling with the fact that i'm leaving this place and my friends in less than a year.

this is my class schedule: i'm taking two econ classes (grad behavioral, 14.160, and labor, 14.661), poetry workshop (21W.762), and statistical learning theory (9.520).

outside of coursework, i have been UROPing, starting to work on my thesis, and trying to spend as much time with my friends as possible before 1) we get too busy for each other and/or 2) we graduate. lots of puzzle hunts and concerts lined up for this semester, lots of research and coursework that i'm genuinely interested in and excited about. it is really, really, really... read the post »


May 24 2017

done done done

Posted in: Miscellaneous, Academics & Research, Life & Culture

hi internet! i took my last final this morning and am now done with junior year. i haven't blogged in a while, so i thought i'd write up a post about my semester.


i only had one final this semester, and for the first time in recent memory, i don't feel burned out at the end of the semester!

the final was for 14.64 (labor economics), a class i loved (not reflected by my spotty attendance). in many of my course 14 classes, i've ended up reducing the problems to mathematical manipulations and letting myself lost sight of the underlying economic intuitions--this class did a great job of highlighting the real-world implications of models and integrating empirical papers that tested these implications.

in my other classes, i either had late-semester exams that weren't technically finals or final projects. another of the classes i took was wgs.111 (gender and media studies), for which i got to write a final paper about the cosmetics brand Glossier. the paper is here.... read the post »


Mar 30 2017

17 Things I’ve Learned in the Past Year

Posted in: Best of the Blogs, Miscellaneous, Life & Culture

It’s spring break and I’m catching up on alone time. I didn’t exactly plan to not have spring break plans, but I feel like I have a lot of backlogged self-reflection and emotional processing to do, so it’s actually been pretty nice and relaxing to have a chunk of time to myself.

Incidentally, there are a lot of great concerts happening in Boston this week, so I’ve also been doing a lot of concertgoing (relevant zine lol)—on Tuesday night, I went to see Vince Staples for the second time, which was pretty cool especially because he closed with “Summertime," (warning: explicit lyrics) a song I mentioned in my very first blog post. There may or may not have been tears in my eyes by the end :’)

This past month, I’ve been thinking a lot about how I’ve changed during my time at MIT, and I thought I would write this blog post about some of the ways my perspective has changed in the past year. I think that I’ve done a lot of emotional growth this year, and although some of this growth... read the post »


Mar 11 2017

Course 18

Posted in: Academics & Research, Majors & Minors

As some of you may know, I am majoring in math and economics. Michelle has already written a lovely post about Course 14 (economics); I want to also talk a little about my experience being Course 18 and how it has differed from my experience doing math in high school.


There are four types of math major at MIT—pure math, general math, applied math, and math with computer science. I do pure math, which will be the subject of this blog post. It’s important to note that there are significant differences among the different tracks—applied math has a whole different set of requirements, of which I have taken very few, and general math has super flexible requirements. Math with computer science, or 18C, requires several computer science classes and math classes that double as computer science classes; I have also taken very few of those. My perspective is that of someone who has been firmly on the pure math track for a few years and who hasn't taken many of the more applied or... read the post »