A couple of days ago, I was working on an entry talking about all the things I was planning on doing during IAP…and then I got distracted by, well, IAP.
So, here’s a quick recap of what I’ve done so far during the first week of MIT’s Independent Activities Period.
- On Monday, I had Orientation at the Broad Institute for my UROP there – which, among other things, means that I now have a Broad email address! Right now I’m working on identifying the genetic basis of various tuberculosis strains’ antibiotic resistance using computational methods…which is basically a fancy way of saying I’m using computer scripts (which I’m working on writing!) to compare a bunch of genetic sequences.
- For three hours a day, Monday through Friday, I’m taking 6.189 – a crash course in Python programming. So far we’ve gone through functions, conditionals, for and while loops, lists/tuples, and various other things. I’m enjoying it quite a lot, because although I’d previously taught myself a bit of Python, it really makes a difference when I’m learning it alongside fifty or so other people. Plus the projects we’ve been working on have all been really interesting: so far I’ve coded a hangman program, a primitive login system, the game of nims, and a Pig Latin converter (in addition other, less interesting things).
- On Tuesday and Thursday nights, I’ve been taking jiu-jitsu lessons as a PE class. I’m really quite glad I decided to take jiu-jitsu, as I’ve been trying to pick up a martial art for quite some time – there really is no time like IAP for doing those things you never seem to find time for during the term!
- Finally, on Friday, my friends JR ’11, Jesse ’11, and I worked together to fun Athens, a live-action roleplaying game we wrote (with Susan ’11) over last summer. I’ll be blogging about Athens (and what live-action roleplaying is) more in-depth later on.
And here’s a look at what I’ll be doing for the next three weeks:
- More UROPing! More jiu-jitsu! More Python! Yay!
- Teaching a truffles-making class with Laboratory for Chocolate Science, one of MIT’s more…unique student groups. Mm, chocolate.
- Teaching an introductory LaTeX class with Jess ’09.
- (Hopefully) playing in Thebes, a ten-day-long immersive roleplaying game put on by the Assassins’ Guild.
- Beginning a very casual and very short campaign of Dungeons & Dragons with a few friends.
- Attending UPOP, a one-week, for-credit, internship strategies class designed for sophomores majoring in engineering.
- Going on a week-long retreat with LeaderShape
And, of course, blogging. Is there anything in particular you want to hear about? Just let me know!