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Taylor V. '19

Mar 1 2018

February(ish) Updates and Notes

Posted in: Miscellaneous

Hello, everyone! It’s been a while since I last posted. Here are two photos that accurately summarize my current state of existence:
The photos are in this order because we are student-athletes, not athlete-students.
The top photo is a week in the life of Junior spring. I’m currently in 5-ish classes (3 12-unit classes, a 9-unit, and a 6-unit). I think it’s starting to settle down a bit now, but the initial jump from IAP to “SURPRISE you have classes and psets and labs and tests again” was a rough transition this year. Plus some of my classes are “frontloading”, which apparently means that they can give you five assignments a week as long as they promise it will become easier later (looking at you, 2.671). At times, it feels like a never-ending stream of due dates and internal (sometimes external) screaming. Overall though, I’m super happy with my schedule! Here’s each class with a summary, in haiku form:
2.671: Measurement and Instrumentation
Much more... read the post »


Jan 5 2018

I can’t feel my face

Posted in: Miscellaneous

tldr; If you like snow and want to come to MIT, read this post. If you don’t like snow and want to come to MIT, don’t read this post. If you don’t like MIT… I think you’re on the wrong page.

Maybe you’ve heard, but it’s cold in Boston right now. Like, really cold. Arctic tundra cold. Why-is-the-air-trying-to-kill-me cold. Something known (rather intimidatingly) as a “bomb cyclone” hit us yesterday with a foot of snow, and it was actually the warmest that it’s been outside in a week.

This has become my standard outdoor attire:

I realize I look a bit like I’m about to hike Mt. Everest, but when the high temperature for the day has a negative sign in front of it, you really stop caring what you look like.  Plus, that ridiculous hood does a great job of keeping the snow and wind from freezing my face off, which is nice.

I’ve been back at MIT since the day after Christmas, which is when the face-freezing cold hit hard. The basketball team had our first practice after break on... read the post »


Dec 9 2017

One Week

Posted in: Miscellaneous

It’s been a whirlwind of a week. I initially planned for this post to have some sort of structure, but it's become a bit of a brain dump of everything that went down since last Monday.  Finals are still looming on the horizon, but the past few days have been when a lot of project classes begin to wrap up.  At least when you take an exam you know that, for better or worse, it’s going to be over in three hours.  Projects, however, have no time limit.  They can quickly fling a black hole in the middle of your Google Calendar, sucking away sleep, lectures, and other assignments as you frantically try to fix some random issue that came up at the last minute. 

My black hole this week was 2.12: Introduction to Robotics (I say this lovingly, it’s an awesome class!).  All semester we have been working in teams to design, build, and control robots to assist a hemiplegic patient in a few daily tasks, with the end goal of performing in a class competition to showcase our work.  Specifically,... read the post »


Nov 12 2017

Beaver Nation

Posted in: Miscellaneous


Friday night I went down the river to the annual MIT- Harvard men’s basketball game. Harvard is an NCAA Division I program and we are DIII, so it’s rare that we directly compete with them. As a result, it’s quite the event:

Shot of the MIT crowd, courtesy of Maude Gull ‘19

Women’s basketball team turning up strong!

If “athletics” isn’t the first word that comes to mind when think of MIT... I don’t blame you.
In some ways, it’s exactly what you would expect: MIT has produced more Academic All- Americans than any other DIII university. We call ourselves the Engineers. Our fight song references U- substitution. Really, everything I’m trying to say is pretty well-summarized around the first minute of this video:

To be honest, from the outside looking in, it may appear strange that MIT even entertains that idea of having an athletics program. It seems like students should be more focused on activities like winning Nobel prizes and doing math or whatever.

Doing... read the post »


Oct 8 2017

Wearing the apron

Posted in: Miscellaneous, Transfer Applicants, Visit

One of the greatest parts of college is independence. One of the hardest parts of college is independence.

High school is very structured. Same classes, same classmates, everyone is doing the same assignments and studying for the same tests. Your schedule is like the food trays in the cafeteria- you don’t have much of a say as to what goes on it. SAT Prep Pizza, maybe an AP Apple, a Boxed Mik of a Basic Language, and a Common Core Cookie to top it off. Yum.

College is when they stuff you in a chef’s apron and tell you it’s time you learn to make your own lunch. You’ll always have someone to advise you, because let’s be real, if they just left you alone in the kitchen you’d probably burn the place down. But in the end, you’re the one planning the final course and gathering the ingredients. Your likes and dislikes are now taken into account. If you love biology, you can sprinkle in some more bio. If you want to be an engineer, but focus more on technology for the developing world,... read the post »