Yuliya K. '18
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 »
Feb 9 2017
MIT accepted its first international student in 1866, only one year after its first classes were held in a storage warehouse. By 1895, 39 from a total of 984 students were international. Three times more students came from Turkey than from Texas.
In 1909, President Maclaurin began his tenure at MIT with a vision to build a more diverse and inclusive Institute and “build a better understanding between countries.” Through his efforts, the number of international students doubled in just ten years. 1 in 15 students at MIT came from a foreign country, possibly the highest proportion of international students in a U.S. institution.
In a 1917 Boston Daily Globe article, the President of the Latin-American Club at MIT stated that “Every Latin-American student at the Tech is just another link between North and South America. … If North and South America stand together they can insure the future peace of the world.” To achieve this ideal, MIT provided admissions pamphlets in Spanish... read the post »
Jan 6 2017
This fall, I took SOC-STD 98LH Education and American Society at Harvard. It was a wonderful course, with fascinating readings and discussions, an incredibly helpful professor, and ample writing practice. I miss the class now. 98LH was one of the required junior tutorial options for Harvard Social Studies concentrators (i.e. majors), intended to prepare students for their senior thesis. Thus, we read one long book or several long articles every week (for a total of ~300 pages a week) and wrote a 25-page final research paper. The amount of work took some getting used to, but I can definitely say that I learned a lot and improved in both reading comprehension and academic writing and research.
For the final paper, I chose to research the history of gender discrimination and Title IX at MIT. I first learned about MIT’s committment to gender equity during my summer research on immigrant students at the Institute (more here). The 1890 yearbook included a statement that “Since 1873,... read the post »
Dec 8 2016
Hey there, Early Action Applicant,
I just saw Chris’ post about EA decisions being released next week. And I wanted to check in.
If you don’t read past this paragraph, just remember one thing: your admissions decision does not in any way reflect your worth. A negative decision does not negate your abilities, accomplishments, and dreams. It doesn't mean you weren’t “good enough” for MIT. Like, for real, it’s not about that at all. A positive decision doesn’t guarantee you success, or even lead you to success—you do. MIT’s nuclear reactor will not give you special powers. Sometimes, students here live for weeks on a deadline-to-deadline schedule, so it’s hard to take advantage of all the opportunities. It’s hard anywhere to achieve your dreams.
It’s going to be a tough week. Don’t feel embarrassed about being anxious, or worry that you’re worrying too much. As I’ve written before, no one knows if they’re going to get in (relevant fun fact: MIT doesn’t do legacy admissions). So... read the post »