Rachel D. '16
Nov 3 2013
This semester has definitely been a rough one, especially around this time of the year. Flags for classes are being handed out for those of us who are struggling extraordinarily well, and some of us (at least I hope it's not just me) are staying up way too late to finish projects and do work at the loss of self-care and health. However, amidst the chaos of classes and ridiculous amount of stress bestowed among the students here at MIT, some of the students decided that they felt particularly passionate about an event that occured on Friday.
This past Friday, the First of November, was the release of the movie associated with the Ender's Game series by Orson Scott Card. Unlike many of the MIT students that I know, I have not read the series, but I am aware that this movie is supposed to be really great and that it was going to be out in theaters sometime soon. Therefore, on my way to get Frozen Yogurt on Saturday, I was super excited and impressed to find Killian Court... read the post »
Oct 6 2013
Posted in: Life & Culture
A few weeks ago, I organized a 140+ person barbecue for the many alumni that have lived on my hall, going all the way back to the MIT class of 1968.
East Campus has a lot of history, and my floor Tetazoo is no exception. The alumni told stories of the wondrous pranks and adventures they pulled and that went on during their time here at MIT, and they inspired us current residents to keep pushing forward and doing great things.
I found a materials scientist who graduated in the early '70s and she told me about her awesome research in the same labs where I worked last semester. A bunch of my friends and I sat in our lounge for hours listening to a '71 alum go on and on about stories of the origin of many of the most famous hacks here at MIT, as well as some of the incredible feats of engineering created by students just like us.
It was incredible speaking to alumni who used to be in our shoes so many years ago! I just kept thinking how lucky we all are to have a home like... read the post »
Aug 22 2013
Posted in: Life & Culture
Just one year ago, I had arrived at MIT as a prefrosh, ready to start my new life in Massachusetts. I came here early to do a pre-orientation program (FPOP) known as FUP, where I got to do all sorts of cool community service projects. However, this year I decided to apply to be a mentor for the Materials Science FPOP known as DMSE, as well as continue to help with all the cool things going on in the East Campus Courtyard! There are so many exciting things going on, and best of all, THERE ARE SO MANY PREFROSH!
Yes, they are still called prefrosh, and they will be called prefrosh until convocation when President Reif gets on a stage and says that they are frosh. This is called the conservation of frosh. Since they are still prefrosh, I am still a frosh, and I have been enjoying my last days as a frosh by taking pictures of people building things in the East Campus Courtyard.
There has been a lot of progress with our four-story fort over the past three days!
Day... read the post »
Aug 19 2013
Posted in: Miscellaneous
A couple of weeks ago, I flew thousands of miles across our wonderful country to visit the great state of California! Growing up on Long Island, I didn't have much (any) exposure to the West Coast, and it was incredible traveling to Los Angeles and dipping my toes in the Pacific Ocean!
I traveled all the way to California to visit my boyfriend, Herbert M. '15, who is working at Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) for the second summer in a row. His major is Course 16, or Aerospace and Astrological Engineering, so his project involves a bunch of super secret space stuff. Herbert actually gave me a tour of his lab and the JPL campus, and it was absolutely incredible!
JPL is a research and development center as well as a NASA field center in Pasadena, California. Pasadena is about an hour bus ride away from Los Angeles. Caltech, which is only a short drive away from JPL, manages JPL, and many students participate in Caltech-JPL research. The program that Herbert took part in is... read the post »
Aug 11 2013
These past six months, I've found myself getting sick fairly often, about once every other month.
The people surrounding me have brought up many very valid suggestions on why I might be falling ill.
"You run too much."
"You have too many jobs."
"Rachel, just go to sleep!"
"Is it something in our lab?"
"You don't eat enough food!"
"Just sprinkle some MSG on your food - here you go."
So I took this all into consideration, and I have come to the conclusion that I want to start eating healthy and keeping track of what I am eating. I have been a vegetarian for about four years and I've had a fairly weak immune system for what seems like forever, but it had never really been quite this bad. So I have begun to cook healthy foods and eat healthy foods and keep track of my calorie and vitamin and nutrient intake to try to find out what's wrong with me. I also went to the MIT pharmacy and picked up vitamins. I really wanted... read the post »