Taylor V. '19
Nov 12 2017
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
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 »
Sep 11 2017
Posted in: Miscellaneous
Last Sunday may not have been my first time coming back to MIT, but I promise you: the excitement never wears off! Even after a day full of airport security and suitcase-wrangling, I just couldn’t help but feel a bit of a thrill upon seeing the Dome for the first time in months. As soon as I stepped out of the cab, I could tell that everyone else felt the same energy. The streets were full of fraternity vans trying to snag new pledges, the sidewalks were a maze of storage boxes and moving carts, and my Gmail inbox was already filling up with promises of “FREE FOOD” in return for attendance at various talks, orientations, and club meetings.
After spending two-thirds of my summer in the unfamiliar chaos of a foreign country and one-third in the all-too-familiar calm of the PNW, the controlled mayhem that is Registration Week was the perfect introduction to my Junior year. So far, I have:
- Moved into my new dorm. Maseeh! I live in a triple, by choice not by force.
- Became an... read the post »