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Selam G. '18

Mar 21 2018

How to date at an American college

Posted in: Miscellaneous, Freshman Applicants, Life & Culture

Content warning: This blog post may contain terms that are considered sexually explicit. I wanted to include such terms in an effort to present a real, unfiltered picture of the information you need to know and real terms you may hear in college. It also may reference emotionally or physically abusive relationships. It is also, uhh, going to be a really long post ^^; 

This is a bit of an awkward topic for me to broach, but having seen many friends and classmates navigate the confusing, emotionally draining pathways of dating in college, I want you to know what I wish I, and my friends, had known as freshmen (especially freshwomen).

I was inspired to write this by an MIT confessions post, where someone complained that an international student "did not understand U.S. dating culture", referring to hookup culture or the general idea of casual relationships, because the poster was in what they thought was a casual relationship, where clearly the other party thought it was a... read the post »


Feb 18 2018

what am i doing

Posted in: Best of the Blogs, Miscellaneous

I thought, since my last post was actually quite uninformative re:MIT facts and information, and instead I just blogged my feelings (which isn’t all bad, I suppose) today I could actually tell you what I’m doing this semester.




I had the most information about this in my last post actually, but to recap: Professor Russ Tedrake’s goal is to construct a paper airplane that he can throw from MIT and have it land accurately in Harvard Square. His lab has already made a paper airplane that can repeatedly land on a perch, the way birds do, and he is fascinated by the way passive mechanisms allow us to move about. For example, this robot falls down a ramp in a walking motion (no power, no motors, no electricity!) showing how purely mechanical designs can be efficient and effective. So, we should really be taking more advantage of that in robotics--a principle he impresses on students every Tuesday and Thursday in 6.832: Underactuated Robotics.

Help I’m surrounded... read the post »


Feb 8 2018

The Last First Day

Posted in: Best of the Blogs, Miscellaneous

I wrote this on my first day of classes this past Tuesday, and decided to throw it up here mostly unedited (meaning, excuse all the typos lol) as a real-time reflection of four years at MIT. 


Today is hectic. My sleep schedule, I feel, is about 2 hours later than normal working professionals, as I feel like I can never wake up before 9AM. But today I have lecture at 11, so I rush to get ready at 9:45, going through the motions of brushing my teeth and washing my face, throwing on clothes, fussing with my frizzy hair (quite overdue for a wash day by now), giving up on it, rushing out the door. I jump on the 1 bus and get off at MIT, get coffee, and try to figure out where my lecture hall is. It’s in a room I’ve never been before (1-390) which is surprising, as for the last two years all my engineering courses were typically in one of five lecture halls that I became familiar with.

Today is hectic in part because my mind is still racing--I’m still conflicted between two... read the post »


Feb 2 2018

Because Racecar

Posted in: Miscellaneous, Life & Culture

Kevin C. '17 (pictured above at the Porsche Museum) is now a grad student in the Aerospace Controls Lab. He was the electrical systems lead of the MIT Formula SAE team as an undergrad. What follows is a post Kevin wrote about his awesome experience traveling to Europe with the team! You can learn more about the current team at

While many people travel to western Europe to see cultural or historic sites, my friends and I traveled to Europe for a different sort of attraction: single seat electric race cars.

Over six days, in three countries, we met with Formula SAE – SAE stands for Society of Automotive Engineers – teams from five different universities. We saw some of the best student-built formula cars in the world.

FSAE is an international, collegiate-level design competition that challenges teams of students to build and race open wheel formula cars. MIT’s team designs and builds an electric car for the US competition in Lincoln, NE each June. I’ve... read the post »


Jan 12 2018

All the Bloggers’ Personalities!

Posted in: Best of the Blogs, Miscellaneous

(it took a lot of effort not to resort to a clickbait-y title like “ADMISSIONS BLOGGERS---EXPOSED!!!!!!”)

Some of you may remember that a(n embarrassingly long) while ago, I wrote a post about personality tests, in particular, the scientific invalidity of the Myers-Briggs test. Well, I also sent out a survey to the bloggers, asking them what their results were for all those personality tests!

None of this, the tests themselves nor my own meta-survey asking people to take surveys, is scientific either. Mainly, I just thought this would be fun to read (since you all want to know more about the bloggers, right?!?!) and I thought it would be cool to gauge the different qualitative reactions from people to their test results. It turned out, there was a lot people had to say--about their results and their own identities, about the tests themselves, and even just about how fun or less fun each one was.

On accuracy, a common thought seemed to be, “I feel like I would get different... read the post »