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CJ Q. '23

MIT blogger CJ Q. '23


What does it take to get to know someone? I could tell you that I’m an international student from the Philippines, or that I live in East Campus. I could tell you that CJ is short for Carl Joshua, because I have two first names, because a lot of Filipinos have two first names.

We could talk about the things I like, if that will help. We could talk for hours about vexillology and mac and cheese and Tetris. I’ll introduce you to some of my favorite board games. We can play Coup or Singaporean Bridge, and if we get enough people we could play Castlefall. We could listen to music all afternoon, and I’ll tell you all about my favorite artists.

Or we could go on an adventure. We could play Bomb Party or Drawphone or Skribbl. We could hop on a call and sing off-sync to background music. Or we could gather some friends, watch a movie, and we'll laugh at each other's reactions.

We can hop on a Zoom call until two in the morning. And we'll talk about rivers, skyscrapers, and stars. And sometimes it gets quiet enough that I forget about the distance, and the screen, and it just feels like us, side-by-side, talking. And maybe you’d feel the same way.

And then we could tell each other stories.

But until then, I hope you enjoy reading mine.