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MIT student blogger Bryan O. '07

Peace Out, 2005 by Bryan

Saying goodbye to a great year!

2005 in Review

Being in college manages to teach you a lot of life lessons. Some you would prefer not to learn, but in the long run, I’m sure I’ll be better off from it.

Here are just a few highlights of what college has managed to teach me in the past year.

I ran for UA Vice President and lost.
This was probably one of the best learning experiences of my life. I learned a lot about politics, and I also learned that losing a race isn’t the end of the world.

I got my first B+.
This in my opinion is the worst grade to get. It means you were “this close” to an A- but you just couldn’t get over that hump. Since MIT drops modifiers, I think that if I were to get a B+, I should have opted to do less work and get the B-. However, in retrospect, had I not worked hard, maybe I would have received a C+.

I had a lot of fun.
One of the things that I feared before coming to MIT is that I would be working all the time. Granted, I have a lot of work. College is a sum of multiple different experiences. Work is included in that, but you need to be able to sometimes take a step back, and just relax with friends and do something that allows you to laugh hysterically until your ribs hurt.

So I’ll keep this entry short and leave you with this few short pieces of advice that have managed to bring me through 2005.
1. Maintain perspective.
2. Give each day your best.
3. Smile when faced with a challenge.
4. Sing in the shower.
5. Dance in the dark.
6. Work hard.
7. Play hard.
8. “We don’t make mistakes; we create new ideas.” – Mom


5 responses to “Peace Out, 2005”

  1. yuch says:


    Yay to 2006!

  2. Anonymous says:

    Wait, a B+ is the worst grade you’ve ever gotten at MIT? Damn…

  3. I’ll remember those words – golden wisdom from a person who’s going through the firehose treatment. wink

  4. Wow, thoughtful… I like your new banner btw.

  5. Jessie says:


    Yes, running for UAP/VP is a learning experience. I think we had this conversation after the election was over.