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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 (for not much longer, it seems).

We could talk about the things I like, if that will help. We could talk for hours about Monster Train and type theory and Domino's. I’ll introduce you to some of my favorite board games. We can play Spirit Island or Lost Cities or Innovation. 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 take a walk along Downtown Crossing and get lost on the way back. We could grab some Nerf guns and have a shootout in some empty classrooms. Or we could wear silly hats and take pictures together.

We can sit in the couch in my room until two in the morning. And we'll talk about jobs, and anxieties, and the future. And sometimes it gets quiet enough that I forget about all the decisions I have to make, and for a night, it'd feel like I can stay at MIT forever. 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.