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MIT staff blogger Mikey Yang '05

And so it is… by Mikey Yang '05

Just like the blogosphere said it would be.

I am born! (Or rather, my blog is born.) This is (virtually) my first blog post ever! I hope you enjoy following my adventures in MIT Admissions.

For an introduction on me, you can check out my introduction blurb. To kick off my new blog, I thought I’d do some blogging from the road, with some “day in the life”s, similar to others that have been done in previous years (see left-hand column of the “the road” link). So feel free to follow along on my six weeks of adventures in Michigan, Texas, Seattle, and New York City!

My first stop is Southeast Michigan – the place where I grew up! I decided to start the trip early and hang out with the fam for a bit, so I flew home a week early. We went “up north” for Labor Day weekend.

[SIDEBAR: for those that aren’t familiar with the great state of Michigan, Michigan has two peninsulas – the “upper peninsula” (known as the “UP” – pronounced “you pee,” not “up” as in the direction) and the “lower peninsula” (I don’t think I’ve ever heard this called the “LP” or any shorter name – I don’t know why). If you live in southern part of the lower peninsula, going “up north” usually refers to either a) going to the northern part of the lower peninsula, or b) going to the UP. In my case it’s choice A.]

On the 4-hour drive up, we stopped at Taco Bell (mmmm…soft tacos), and finally arrived at my parents’ cabin around 3pm. We then watched the Michigan football game for a bit, and then went to dinner with some family friends. After dinner, we played some Wii (my Mom recently got a Wii at her retirement party), and headed to bed.

The next day, we slept in, and went to a late brunch at one of my favorite local restaurants, Toonies. (OMG I didn’t even know they had a website!) After that, my Mom wanted to go [blueberry/raspberry/peach/nectarine/apricot/some other in-season fruit] picking at a nearby orchard, so we quickly drove over to King Orchards. All the blueberries were picked for the season, and we didn’t want to pick prickly raspberries, so we went for the peaches and nectarines.

There’s Mom and Sis bein silly.

Only $15 for a half-bushel!

We also bought a bag of fresh apricots.

We also bought some yummy (real) cherry soda. (Sorry, I don’t have a picture of that!) It’s too bad it wasn’t later in the season, or we could’ve started picking apples. I love apple picking.

After that we headed to a local golf course called “The Farm” to play some late-day golf. Here are just a few of the pictures I took of the scenery:

The area, like Vermont and New Hampshire, has some of the most beautiful foliage in the Fall. Unfortunately, most of the trees haven’t started turning colors yet. Sad face.

After dinner, we watched this Japanese movie (with English subtitles) about this little girl and her family who rescued a dog off the street. The dog had babies, and then there was a big earthquake. Without spoiling the movie (because I’m sure you’re going to somehow figure out which movie this is based on a 2-sentence plot description and no title), the dog tries to help rescue the family in Lassie-style fashion. My sister bawled her eyes out. Her husband (my brother-in-law) and I made fun of her. She smacked us.

My Mom recently bought Wii Fit, so after the movie, we played that for a while — sooo addicting. But at least you’re exercising while you play! I found out that I am horrible at yoga…

The next day, we drove back home, stopping at Toonies for another late brunch before heading out on the road. All in all, it was a fun and relaxing weekend.

Anyways, there’s a brief synopsis of my adventures “up north” while at home in Michigan. I’ll write more soon with a recap of my meeting in Ann Arbor, as well as my recent escapades in Houston…


P.S. Can you guess the song that the title of this entry comes from? The subtitle is also a (altered) clue. As often as I can, I’ll be taking lyrics from some of my favorite songs and using them as blog entry titles (inspired by/stolen from Sam, although I probably will not be able to pull it off as cleverly or interestingly as he did). Solution to come in the next entry.

22 responses to “And so it is…”

  1. Anon says:

    I like your writing- looking forward to reading more posts! smile

  2. Kevin '13? says:

    Haha I can’t wait until you stop by NY Mikey. Hopefully you come to my high school, I’d love to chat with you about all things MIT.

  3. heyheyhey says:

    the “you pee” thing made me lol smile

  4. youssouf says:

    Excuse me my name is Youssouf abakar and I write you of the CHAD I would like to know the completeness and the requirements of the admittance of MIT I count on your kindness

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  7. Ehsan says:

    OMG so many bloggers so little time.

    TOO MUch too handle for one MIT prospect.

  8. Shannon says:


    No, I’m not a Notre Dame fan or anything…

  9. Keri says:

    Mikey’s back! YAYYYY.

  10. Gina '12 says:

    The Blower’s Daughter — Damien Rice! :D love that song

  11. Steph says:

    Nice intro for your first blog post.smileWelcome to the blogs.

  12. i read ur introduction blurb. it sounds interesting. not wanting to go to mit(?!)

    and the peaches look very very alluring.

    i’m looking forward to ur posts.

  13. Bethan says:

    Hey, nice first post! Welcome to the blogs.

    And the title is from “The Blower’s Daughter” by Damian Rice. Good song. ^^

  14. mohit says:

    Hi…nice post…
    The title is from the song ‘The Blower’s Daughter’ By damien Rice……’9 crimes’ is another good one by the same artist.

  15. Mikey says:

    @mohit – Yes, “9 crimes” is a good one. I also like pretty much every song off of Damien Rice’s album, O – particularly “Delicate,” “Volcano,” “Cannonball,” “Older Chests,” and “Cold Water.” Yeah…that’s like half the songs on that album, hah. Good stuff. :D

  16. deng says:

    “My sister bawled her eyes out. Her husband (my brother-in-law) and I made fun of her. She smacked us.”

    well deserved.

  17. Pin-Wen says:

    I really enjoyed your meeting at Bellaire High. I thought you were really funny. Btw…Ike gave us a week of school off, maybe more
    more procrastination ^^

  18. Guarecuco says:

    i think we had all been waiting to read a Mikey blog (:

    i will meet you tomorrow Mr. Yang.
    see you in Edinburg!

  19. That presentation you did at our school today completely convinced me to move MIT to my number 1 choice thnx a lot man i learned a lot about the school that i didnt know before.

  20. Megan says:

    Hi Mr. Yang. I read your introduction about how college came down to Michigan and MIT for you. I can really relate to this, especially the part about not wanting to leave the midwest and the genius impression. You’ve helped address some of my greatest reservations about MIT. Thanks! and I look forward to reading your blogs!

    (yay for the great state of Michigan!)