Yuliya K. '18
Jun 20 2017
East Campus has a reputation. It's known as the mysterious and “intense” dorm of people with no shoes and dyed hair. But, not everyone who settles in EC gets flaming pink hair, nor are we all engaged in “intense” activities like building rollercoasters and fire-spinning. As proof, I can assure you that I am definitely not hardc0r3, nor even an average builder. And yet I’ve been happy on the East Side for three years.
That said, East Campus is not a dorm for everyone, but neither is any dorm at MIT. People can be miserable in, say, Next House just as much as in EC. It’s perhaps my favorite aspect of the Institute—the chance to grow in a tight community that fits you.
For this post on East Campus pros and cons, I asked fellow residents for help. I got some excellent responses, which I will sort through, divide into quotes, and present in a nice format in time for freshman Residence Exploration (REX). In the meantime, I’m including some of the responses below in full (with only... read the post »
Jun 10 2017
This post is dedicated to 2021s who aren’t sure if they can survive in a cook-for-yourself community. It could be helpful for parents as well.
Note on Update: this post has been updated with a section on the new Pilot 2021 optional meal kit plan. The appendix also compares it to non-MIT subscription meal services. Spoiler: it's expensive.
First, an important note: you are required to purchase a meal plan if you live in a dorm with a dining hall. I strongly believe that you shouldn't pick a dorm based on the presence or absence of dining (unless cost is an important factor, in which case a meal plan is not advisable, see appendix). At MIT, where every dorm is different because of its culture, convenience should not be in the top 5 reasons for choosing a living space.
Another Important note: this is not a post advocating for certain dorms. Any undergraduate can get a meal plan regardless of where they live. The final section of the post offers ways to feed yourself in a... read the post »
May 11 2017
This post was written for the final project for 24.03 Good Food: The Ethics and Politics of Food. The assignment was to engage with the topics of the class further by "introducing a moral question concerning food choices or food policy through a medium such as a pamphlet, lesson plan, wiki, blog, or webpage. Another option for the project was to engage in some form of activism around food justice, but writing a blog post seemed like the best option for me. Prospective students, I hope this post gives you an idea of what MIT projects could be like (at least for introductory philosophy classes).
Note: this post was updated on June 21 in light of new information.
Why Should You Care about Climate Change?
If you follow MIT blogs, you likely understand that climate change is real, and the result of human activity. The evidence is incontrovertible (all sources below). Carbon dioxide levels are higher today than at any time during the past 400,000 years (which... read the post »
Apr 25 2017
It is another fascinating semester here at the Institute, and I would like to share it with you.
I'd also like to connect my experience to MIT academics in general. In the descriptions of 6.00 and 17.803, I talk about MIT problem sets. The 17.803 section also discusses why MIT right now is the best place to study social science. 24.03 and 24.191 illustrate how classes can be directly applicable to important current issues. WGS.151 and WGS.229 show that MIT's Women's and Gender Studies courses can be about rigorous clinical research, unlike anything you’d imagine WGS to be.
General summary: I am taking 6 classes for a total of 69 units of credit (courses are usually 12 units, but the poli sci lab is 15, and 24.191 is 6). Note that 6 = Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, 17 = Political Science, 24 = Philosophy and Linguistics, and WGS = Women's and Gender Studies (but the latter will also be counted towards my Political Science and Philosophy majors).
6.00 INTRODUCTION... read the post »
Apr 19 2017
Previously on the blogs, I’ve written about MIT’s commitment to diversity throughout history. At the beginning of the 20th century, the Institute focused on recruiting international students, especially from China and Latin America (read more here). At the beginning of the 21st century, MIT fought against discrimination among its female faculty, inspiring other institutions to do the same (more here). I’ve also blogged about the fun parts of MIT culture from the late 1800s, showing how eerily similar the students of the time thought like the students of today (even before MIT had its own campus! - more here).
This post continues the series of posts that came out of my UROP research on the history of early international students at MIT. The first part displays MIT’s commitment to gender equality as early as the 19th century. The second part discusses what the students did for fun, also in the late 1800s. For some of you, this post comes at a difficult college-choosing time. I hope... read the post »