Rachel D. '16
Feb 25 2014
This semester has been quite quiet so far - just how I like it. And by quiet, I mean crazy, of course. I live on Tetazoo, after all.
I passed my EMT class during IAP, and then the state practical exam last week. All that is left is the national exam, which I am taking within the next couple weeks. Wish me luck! I have been studying a lot and I really hope I do okay - I've been really nervous! But I am taking it with my good friend Claire L. '17, and I know that we have it in ourselves to do well. We just have to show the world!
Other than all the stress of passing EMT exams, I am trying to take a less stressful courseload, and so far it has been okay. I am taking one technical class, 3.022, or Microstructural Evolution of Materials. It is all about materials on the microstructural scale. I am still a bit confused about what we are learning and what the class is about, which is a bit concerning given that my first exam is next week. I have been studying what we've... read the post »
Jan 26 2014
IAP is a wonderful time here at MIT, where the month of January is transformed into a mix of adventures, innovation, and learning. I am spending my IAP with my head in the books, trying to absorb as much information as I can in my training to become an EMT. Here are some of my friends' descriptions of their IAPs in their own words.
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Dalia L. '16 - Mechanical Engineering
When I was a freshman, I filled up my IAP with so many activities that it became legitimately stressful. This year, as a sophomore in mechanical engineering, I made a point to have a more relaxing IAP while still doing activities that interest me. I decided to spend the first three weeks of IAP at MIT, and the last week at home.
Over the past few weeks I’ve been doing a bit of this and a bit of that—like Michael C. ’16, I did both 2.670 and UPOP (my UPOP table had the best team spirit!). I’ve also been teaching Hebrew! MIT has a great culture of sharing and teaching, and it’s especially prevalent... read the post »
Jan 12 2014
“I pulled a sophomore stupid” said my friend as we tried to finish up our last problem set of the year. I laughed, and felt my heart sink as I remembered what it really meant and how we all have done it. We all pulled a sophomore stupid. I reached my limits, and I really think I learned a lot about what I am capable of.
I pre-registered for six classes at the beginning of this semester. There was a CI-H, which I needed to take, but it was the same night as a Writing Science Fiction class that I wanted to take. I showed up for Writing Science Fiction on the first day extremely excited. Science fiction is my favorite genre, and I would love to take a course from a real science fiction writer. However, the professor only took seniors and juniors, so my sophomore friend and I did not get in.
So I was down to four technical classes. I e-mailed a professor about taking her 9-unit class as a fifth class so that I could get a HASS requirement out of the way, but I got no reply and... read the post »
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 »