Yuliya K. '18
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 »
Mar 26 2017
Dear Admitted, Current, and Former MIT Students,
Now that the full MIT Class of 2021 has been assembled, it’s time to welcome them to the Institute! Over spring break (which is this week), your local MIT Alumni Clubs will be organizing Admitted Meetings. This post is my attempt to convince you to attend them.
If you’re an AdMITted Student: this spring’s event is organized to celebrate you! Come to the Admitted Meeting to…
- Make your first MIT friends!
- Discover your “mini-MIT away from MIT.” The get-together is a microcosm of MIT culture. (Note that, if you can't attend the event this week, your local club might also be organizing a Summer Send-Off in August (read about Summer Send-Off experience here)).
- Prepare for your first campus visit as an adMIT. Hear about why you should attend CPW (Campus Preview Weekend) if you have the opportunity to do so.
- Meet you local MIT 2021 classmates. Knowing them before CPW is hugely helpful. My CPW would have been a lot more... read the post »
Mar 17 2017
“It’s not just a working tool. It’s a thinking tool!” pronounced the award-winning makers of Snipmap, a Google Chrome extension made during the Festival of Learning Hackathon. Snipmap’s slogan can also apply to the Festival itself. FoL was organized by the MIT Office of Digital Learning around the idea that we need to bring technology and pedagogy together for effective learning. We are already using technology in the classroom, but it is not always interactive nor designed with educators and learners in mind. Videos, for example, are helpful, but researchers have determined them to not be conducive to learning. In order to help teachers, we need to make technology “think.”
MIT is an excellent place to do this, as it is on the forefront of the ed tech movement. As early as 2001, at the suggestion of the faculty, MIT pioneered OpenCourseWare, an online platform that allowed students all over the world to access Institute course materials. Now MIT is trying to implement technology... read the post »
Mar 13 2017
Dear MIT Protofrosh,
If I had a time machine, I’d travel to my senior year of high school. I’d tell myself not to worry about college admissions.
I was a staunch planner back in high school, one of those people who knew exactly what they want to do with life. I was terrified of the unknown. And not getting into the “right” college meant that the future was suddenly the unknown.
So if I had a time machine, I’d tell myself that dreams change. I’m not a Math major, as I had planned. I found a different field to love, Political Science, and thinking of my thesis experiment now keeps me up at night. The Political Science department here is excellent, but three years ago, I wouldn’t think MIT was the “right” college to major in social science.
If I had studied social science prior to college, perhaps I would not have applied to MIT, but rather a college that was “right” for the field. And I would have overlooked the Institute that was right for me—the one where I am unafraid to... read the post »