it’s IAP! I don’t have classes! I can end my day at 5 pm like I could during the summer!!
last IAP, I was dancing and choreographing 4-5 hours a day for the entire month in preparation for Mocha Show, my dance team’s annual performance. I’d go to class from 10 am to 1 pm, go back to my dorm for a couple of hours, and then spend my night running between dance studios on campus. I’d get back to the dorm at 10 or 11 each night, which was annoying since I wanted to hang out with my friends, but everything was worth it; Mocha Show was one of the most incredible experiences of my life and I cannot WAIT for the next one.
this year, the show obviously isn’t happening, but I’m still planning on dancing a lot. I enrolled in an online class taught by one of my favorite choreographers, so I’m going to get a lot of the technical training that I never received before MIT. I’m also attending Mocha’s four alum Zoom workshops so I can get practice with choreography retention.
last IAP, I tried to UROP but applied for a random one that I didn’t like very much, so I dropped it in the second week and didn’t even log a single hour. oops! this year, I’m doing data analytics for an i got matched with them called a portal called Innovation One and also UROPing with the team I’ve been working with since summer. things have definitely gotten better since last year lol
last year, I took Israel: Culture & Identity a class that was required for MISTI Israel. never got to go though!!! haha :)))) this year, I’m not taking any classes since I need a break after the atrocity that was sophomore fall…
I took Yoga last year so I could get closer to knocking out the PE requirement. it was a fun and relaxing class—I would definitely recommend it! I didn’t want to take a PE class virtually because, uh, I’d end up not moving at all, so I held off on doing any this year. this IAP, to be better at being healthy than I did last semester, I’m getting my steps in…! walking around Cambridge, even when it’s bitterly cold and dark outside, is wonderful. I also plan on running…eventually…
did I even have time to chill last IAP? I’m not entirely sure…I feel like I spent most of my time running around juggling dance and other responsibilities, and only returning to my dorm to hang out with friends late at night. I didn’t really do any things by myself in my free time. this year, I’ve been watching and rewatching talk to me about this show i am OBSESSED reading, playing video games ( trying to see what nisha's hype is about lol and Twilight Princess), and painting/drawing with these new Muji brush pens I got for Christmas. it’s lovely
another thing I spent a lot of time on last IAP was working on two mega posts about Burton Third, my living community, as well as dance at mit. these two projects consumed quite a bit of my time since I had to send a lot of emails to alumni and organize meetings with other students. I’m a bit sad that I don’t have any ideas for mega posts this year since writing is fun and writing about meaningful parts of the MIT community is even better
aside from one Boston date last IAP, I don’t think I even left campus…I attribute this to my unwillingness to go explore my surroundings when I had 50+ friends right in my dorm. the good thing about quarantine is that it makes me much more willing to explore Cambridge and Boston; we’re only a week into IAP and I’ve walked around parts of Cambridge I’ve never heard of before. Boston is cool, but Cambridge has a completely different aesthetic that I’m excited to see more of in my remaining half a year living here.
yesterday, my roommates and I commented at multiple points throughout the day that there were intense “IAP vibes” all around. this was said because we did minimal work throughout the week, started hanging out at 5 pm instead of at 11 pm as we do during the semester, and seemed much more relaxed in general. we also spent our Saturday checking out a record store, walking around Cambridge, and painting obscenities on two inspirational posters one of us had gotten for Christmas. there’s a very distinct feeling of it being IAP, indeed.
so…things are different, but not necessarily worse. I’m happy and feel like I’m making the most of my current circumstances…that’s all I need, right? :)
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