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Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Selam G. '18

Aug 4 2017

Things I Regret…

Posted in: Miscellaneous

Now that I am soon to be an old, decrepit senior, I thought it might be interesting to explore some of the less-than-optimal decisions I’ve made while in college...


1. Trying to go for the computer science minor

I regret this, because 1) I ended up aborting this plan, and 2) it caused me to take 6.042: Math for Computer Science and 6.006: Algorithms which (especially the second one) had the overall effect of lowering my GPA while also not being very useful while also causing a lot of stress. I wish I had taken 2.008: Design for Manufacturing instead, and maybe an electronics class, or simply gotten ahead in my requirements to graduate for my Mech. E degree. I probably would have had a better academic performance and probably also *cough* a better quality of life...who knows, maybe because of it I’ll one day be gr8 at optimizing stuff, but for now...*shrug emoji*.

I also wasn’t really motivated for the best reasons, I think the primary one being maybe thinking software... read the post »


Jul 29 2017

Reasons I haven’t blagged…

Posted in: Miscellaneous

Like all great creative people, from Claude Monet to Steve Jobs to Franz Kafka, we bloggers too suffer from “writers’ block” or creative blocks and periods of crushing inability to blag.



But of course, given that we’re all 2017-era tech school students, our blocks often have a modern twist. This post is a very meta post about why I haven’t been posting--or for a more dramatic flair, The 7 Capital Vices I Have Oft Succumbed To.

1. sloth

We mustn’t forget regular old laziness and urges to do absolutely nothing in particular. In one of my 7.013 lectures as a freshman, Professor Hazel Sive had an inspirational quote as her first slide up at the start of class. It said something along the lines of “your true passion is what you do to procrastinate”. A fellow classmate turned to her friend and said, “so...scrolling through memes on the internet? Idk about that.”



(aka, Biting Off More Than You Can Chew). Sometimes I have ideas for posts that are going to... read the post »


Jul 8 2017

The Gender Problem

Posted in: Miscellaneous, Process & Statistics

In middle school, my first foray into robotics was with the FIRST Lego League. That was the first time I remember being in a school activity that had drastically more boys than girls. There was no FIRST team at my high school, so I joined my friend and only other female teammate (Ariel S. ‘18 at University of Michigan) at an external team that was not tied to any high school. We were the only 2 girls on a 8-person team, and all-male mentors.

Then, Ariel and I actually went back to our own high school for funding, and started a team there: Team 4550, “Something’s Bruin”. But even though two women were the team captains, for two years, we were again a team of drastically more boys than girls.


The first-ever Cherry Creek High School robotics team when we started in 2013. That's me reppin' Gryffindor front and center. Co-Founder Ariel stands directly above.


As I have progressed through my career development as an engineer, the one exception to these starkly male... read the post »


May 14 2017

My Summer Reading Challenge

Posted in: Miscellaneous

If you are a college student, or even in high school, you may have found that your busy lifestyle leaves little time for reading for pleasure. And if you are like me, this makes you sad, because you were one of those kids that spent half their time in various awkward positions on a couch reading books for upwards of six hours a day sometimes. 

Figure 1: An informative diagram that I doodled

Here’s a list of all the books I’ve read in college so far (I might be forgetting a few, but this is most of them!) and my (incomplete) list of 10 books for this coming summer! Suggestions welcome--I’d actually like to have way more than 10 books, maybe more like 20, on my list, so that I always have back-ups whenever one of them is checked out at the library ^^;




(nf = nonfiction)

Summer 2015



New Reads:

  1. The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer by Siddartha Mukherjee (nf)
  2. This Is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz
  3. Cloud Atlas by David... read the post »


May 6 2017

I Never Thought I Would Join a Sorority

Posted in: Miscellaneous

To all of you who are wondering how in the world you will navigate the social aspects of college, first of all, chill. I have received so many questions about making friends in college that I even wrote a blog post about it.

Many of you may be thinking about mitigating this issue by joining a student community, most notably greek life, the entire goal of which is community-building and fostering social interaction.

If you are like me, you never ever thought ever that you would ever join anything remotely close to "greek life", or in my case, a sorority, in college.  

If you are like me, then you thought “greek life” had a bad reputation, especially for us nerds. In particular, as a multiracial woman, I had the preconceived notion that many sororities were racist, and I didn’t want to have anything to do with some kind of social elitism or strange social hierarchy on top of academics in college, which are already difficult. I never thought that joining a greek organization... read the post »