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Counting On One Hand by Bryan

And this is where Porky Pig says, "That's all folks"

…the number of semesters completed at MIT.

So today, I waved farewell to my fifth semester at MIT. It’s kinda creepy how time seems to be going by so fast.

Now I must say that I’ve made the following observations about life here:
Hard work pays off. It really does. Things don’t just fall out of the sky and WEBSIS doesn’t let you pick your own grades, you have to work for them.

This observation was prompted by the fact that sometimes this semester I wanted to throw my hands up and give up, but in my experience here, we students don’t like that attitude. One way or another you drink from that firehose and you get it done.

I can say that this semester was the first semester for many things for me. Yesterday, I had the hardest final exam of my life. The concepts in the class are very theoretical and abstract, and the test simply just wasn’t. Needless to say, I’ve never walked out of an exam questioning the validity of the response I put down to every question,but the professor apparently agreed with my logic =).

This was the first semester that I came close to pulling an all-nighter. Before coming to MIT, I told myself that I wouldn’t pull an all-nighter. I don’t really remember why I made this deal, but I’m sticking to it, or at least trying to.

Also the first semester I’ve been able to wake up on time without my alarm clock.

So with the end to this semester, it means I’m on my way home to spend the holidays with family and friends. It’ll be nice to return to flip flops and a tshirt as I bask in the warm weather home to Ryan, Marissa, Seth, and Julie Cooper Nichols. Ben, do you get the reference?

Until then, for those of you finishing off your applications to MIT, best of luck to you!

For everyone else, Happy Holidays, and I’ll see you when I wake up from my three-day-long nap.

9 responses to “Counting On One Hand”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Congrats Bryan! I love the OC!!! Do you actually watch the show or do you not have time to with your work?

  2. Hi!!! I just need a help.There was a mistake with my application fee because the fee waiver was selected by mistake,I realized that I was not eligible for fee waiver.I didn

  3. You’ve sworn not to pull all-nighters :O ? I pull all-nighters all the time, sometimes to finish school work, but usually just to do something fun. It really isn’t healthy though, so I can appreciate your choice.

    I like your blog, by the way. Now back to work.

  4. Ben says:

    Do I get the reference?!? DUDE! Take me with you!!!

    Summer got a 2300 on the SAT. Now that’s some S***.

  5. hmmph…..all nighters are the bane of my existence. I usually spend my day pondering about the future and when the sun goes down, it finally dawns on me that I’m knee deep in ****.

    Loved the blog…..anyways, I’ve been playing guitar for like 3 years now, and is there anyway I can like continue this in a band at MIT?

    And yeah, this activity WOULD fly in the face of electrical engineering, my preferred major, but still….

    Rock shall conquer all!

  6. Bryan says:

    Hey Rizwan,

    You can definitely continue your guitar interests here at MIT. I know a couple of MIT students who are in bands themselves, and their bands are pretty good. They perform at a lot of MIT events and local venues.

    Hope this helps.

    – Bryan

  7. Thanks for the mail man… So should a CD of me playing live (sent to the admissions office) be in order? what do you think?

    Oh, and merry christmas!

  8. Hey Bryan!

    I’m currently working on improving my application (I got deffered from EA) and well, just wanted to say hi and that your entries are great wink

  9. Rafael says:


    Your blog is amazing. I always read it. Merry Christmas.


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