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Rachel D. '16

Feb 2 2015

IHTFParadise - A Journey of Depression at MIT

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

A good friend of mine, Angelina G., wanted to write a guest blog post about her depression experience at MIT, and I truly think that she beautifully describes IHTFP at MIT. I hope this post touches you like it did for me, and that you enjoy the read.


It was a rare beautiful Thursday in the New England fall. I walked out of the Convention Center holding my name badge and a newly earned certificate and dragged my legs back to the bus station. I had earned the certificate by presenting my UROP research at another university’s undergraduate research conference. Unlike the weather, I was not beaming. I felt heavy.

Two days later, I woke up at 3 pm after sleeping for 14 hours. With my eyes wide open, I lay on my bed—a strange feeling emerged. I didn't care for work or research; I didn't care to eat; I didn't care to get off my bed. I looked around my room. Messy for the past month, it was cluttered with piles of dirty laundry, p-sets, paper, scarves, and... read the post »


Jan 17 2015

I Scrapbook Sometimes

Posted in: Miscellaneous, Life & Culture

I wrote lightly about scrapbooking in my coping with anxiety blog post, but I did not get to post about any of my own pages. Here is a look into my life, and how I feel. My hopes and dreams, and my tremendous obsession with stickers. 

Sorry the pictures are so blurry! Lighting is difficult. Taking the pages out of their page protectors without hurting stickers is also difficult. Oops.

Have you noticed yet that I love stickers? Like, I really really really like stickers.

I hope you liked some of my pages. It really is relaxing and stress-reducing to sit down on the floor and put stickers on pages in pretty patterns and inspirational intentions. Making my scrapbook makes me feel better no matter what is going on and where I may be. So if you have some stickers and are feeling overwhelmed, get some pretty paper and give it a try. And if it isn't for you, well, I'm always taking sticker donations :)

And, as... read the post »


Jan 3 2015


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

Ahh my IAP is going to be so cool!!!

There are quite a few things. First of all, IAP is MIT's Independent Activities Period, where MIT students have the whole month of January to do anything they want - from working at an awesome company to making teapots to throwing things off of roofs. 

I like lists. Here's my happy list of things to look forward to for IAP:

  • Mighty Mugs
  • Cocktails 101
  • FormLabs
  • Bad Ideas
  • Getting Better
  • Next Semester
  • Cats

So let's take this one by one.

Mighty Mugs


I was having my favorite caramel hot cider at Coffeehouse 1369 in Central Square with one of my favorite persons in the world - Claire L. '17 - when she brought up that there were ceramics classes offered during IAP and that we should take one together. We looked up the classes and were so excited to see that there was a mugs class - MUGS!! I love mugs!! One mug for me, one for my mom, one for my mom's best friend Joan - ALL THE MUGS! IT IS... read the post »


Dec 21 2014

High School Summer Research Programs

Posted in: Academics & Research, Freshman Applicants, Information, Prepare for MIT

A cat ran on my keyboard

So here is a link to MIT's list of summer programs at MIT and elsewhere, check it out! It really summarizes things well.

Acronyms I forgot:

  • UROP - Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program at MIT
  • MRSEC - Materials Research Science and Engineering Center
  • ISWEEEP - International Sustainable World Energy Engineering Environment Project Olympiad

Additional links:

I hope this helps!! Talking into a camera is awkward. CAT!!!!


Dec 18 2014

The Making of the Women of the East Side 2015 Calendar

Posted in: Miscellaneous, Life & Culture


So many social medias

So much time

In summary, an awesome model-pretty-maker/organizer, Annie L. '15, a photographer, Raeez L. '14, and I set out to accomplish the impossible, with the help of numerous people including Erin K. '16 (our web designer), Amanda W. '15 (graphics/layout), and Piper L. (graphics/layout). 

I decided it would be a good time to start making (or restart the making of) a women of the east side calendar, a calendar that dates back about eight years created for the purpose of showing off some of the beautiful ladies of the east side of MIT's campus and culture and also raising money for the Big Jimmy Scholarship Fund.  The Fund goes to a student who lives on the east stide of campus, and the fund is named after a night watch guard who passed away many years ago that was beloved by the students of the East Side.

So I bring you behind the scenes photos. The following were taken by Raeez L. '14,... read the post »