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MIT blogger Ankita D. '23

A Year at MIT, by the Numbers by Ankita D. '23

quantifying my MIT experience

Time flies.

Today is August 6th, 2020.

It’s been 143 days since I had to leave MIT.

I spent around 190 days at MIT. 185 of those days were as a member of my living community, the Burton Third Bombers.

I had somewhere upwards of 170 hours of dance practice with my team, Mocha Moves.01 we meet 3 times a week for 2 hours during the semester and like 20 hours a week during IAP to prepare for our annual show...those hours stack UP 190 if I include Dance Troupe practices.02 only one hour a week kinda slaps

I put 29 REX03 freshman residential exploratory events in my Google Calendar. I actually went to 4 of these; the rest were unplanned, as the best things often are. If I hadn’t gone to my living community’s first event on a whim, I wouldn’t have joined the floor and met the 12 other sophomores who are now my closest friends at MIT. Wild.

I submitted a pset within five minutes of the deadline twice. Only twice, I swear!

I went to [REDACTED] lectures. (lmaooooo jk i’m a great student)

I had 34 exams/quizzes.

I performed at dance showcases or competitions 16 times.

I choreographed three dances. I attended seven dance workshops, one of which I taught!04 Dance Troupe does finals week workshops, which are super chill opportunities for people to try choreographing. teaching is so much fun so i'm really glad i did it

I got food or coffee with people 23 times. Should’ve been more :'(

I went to Chinatown for dim sum twice.

I speed-walked to five Banana Lounge05 the lounge near 26-100 (a big ol' lecture hall) with an endless supply of bananas events for free Georgetown Cupcakes.

I ordered Beantown06 the only place open past midnight. we are all slaves to beantown after 2 am six times.

I went to Beantown after 2 am eight times. Jeez.

I stuffed myself until I was nauseous at Yamato’s07 all you can eat sushi place that's a 20-ish minute walk away from MIT thrice.

I ordered Cafe 47208 a great place for frozen yogurt or calzones on Commonwealth Ave calzones and ate them all in one sitting and HATED myself five times.

I attended 14 exec team meetings for various clubs/organizations/dorm governments.

I went to four Roadkill Buffet09 MIT's improv comedy troupe shows.

I went to nine family dinners at the Rainbow Lounge.10 LGBT lounge

I dressed fancy and attended three formals: Bombergiving, a Thanksgiving formal my floor throws, Mocha Formal, in which Mocha Moves meets in the McCormick11 the all-girls dorm Penthouse to brainstorm ideas for our show in February, and Bomber Formal, which was held in the last week before we were all kicked out.

I took six technicals and three HASS classes.

I dropped two classes. And also my freshman seminar. Oops!

I took three PE classes—ballroom dancing, yoga, and cardio drumming.

I went to 23(rd) Bomber events. Parties, barbecues, beaches, camping trips, formals, miscellaneous floor traditions, you name it.

I went to 3 Class of 2023 events. One was a tunnel hunt and it was a ton of fun; plus, we got free Roxy’s grilled cheeses at the end.

I had close encounters with mice…uh, many times. Mice are great, though.

I had weird breakdowns at MIT Medical three times. Oh, man. Yeah, not my greatest moments of MIT.

I set off the fire alarms 0 times!!! Truly a miracle, considering how much I cook/how stupid I am sometimes.

I built a snowman on Briggs Field once.

I ate three bowls of liquid nitrogen ice cream.

I had four MISTI interviews. One for Israel, one for CETI, one for MEET, and one for Japan. I applied to the first three programs and got into Israel/MEET, but never got to go to Israel, unfortunately.

I made PNR12 pass no record my excuse to do something countless times :)

I tried, disliked, and dropped two UROPs.

I slept through 10 am Chinese classes during Spring semester 9 times. Only after we started school online, though…I’d never miss a class if it were IRL.

I explored Boston with my friends this summer dozens of times.

School starts in 21 days.

…….

Time flies.

on killian

me and two friends on killian during quarantine

  1. we meet 3 times a week for 2 hours during the semester and like 20 hours a week during IAP to prepare for our annual show...those hours stack UP back to text
  2. only one hour a week kinda slaps back to text
  3. freshman residential exploratory back to text
  4. Dance Troupe does finals week workshops, which are super chill opportunities for people to try choreographing. teaching is so much fun so i'm really glad i did it back to text
  5. the lounge near 26-100 (a big ol' lecture hall) with an endless supply of bananas back to text
  6. the only place open past midnight. we are all slaves to beantown back to text
  7. all you can eat sushi place that's a 20-ish minute walk away from MIT back to text
  8. a great place for frozen yogurt or calzones on Commonwealth Ave back to text
  9. MIT's improv comedy troupe back to text
  10. LGBT lounge back to text
  11. the all-girls dorm back to text
  12. pass no record back to text