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Mel N. '24

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Hi! I’m Mel, and I’m a Midwesterner. It’s a little complicated—I was born in Canada, moved to Iowa at age five, spent my formative teen years in Minnesota, returned to my childhood house in Iowa after I graduated high school, then moved back to Canada. In any case, I’m great at dealing with cold weather.

Here's a little list of things I love:

- My cat Coffee! She has an unfortunate habit of throwing up in my room in the wee hours of the morning, but she is otherwise a fluffy angel and I love her to bits.

- Collecting pretty notebooks that I never actually write in. It’s kind of a problem at this point.

- Cooking and baking things! Love is stored in the banana bread. I am also a huge fan of ceramic cookware. Catch me in the cookware aisle lusting after pots and pans and lemon zesters like a middle aged mom.

- Studio Ghibli movies! When I was a kid, I watched The Cat Returns on a sketchy streaming site over and over again until I started having dreams about it. My favorite Ghibli movie of all time has to be Kiki’s Delivery Service, though My Neighbor Totoro comes in as a close second.

- All Sanrio characters, ever, but My Melody's my favorite.

- Podcasts! Especially Wolf 359, Dreamboy, and Greater Boston.

It's my last year at MIT as an undergrad, which is truly terrifying. I think I've learned a lot along the way, but there's always more out there. Come along on this final journey with me, and we'll see where we end up.