Really, I don’t feel like thinking of a title right now by Laura N. '09
Now there's a title cop-out you can only use once. Good thing I saved it for the very end.
As much as I hate Twitter, I think I’m going to follow the trend of “micro-blogging” that has apparently hit MIT Admissions this week.
See, I’m hosed beyond all imagining, but as it’s basically my LAST WEEK AT MIT (?#@^&*!!!), all kinds of awesome and interesting things are going on which will not be nearly as cool when blogged about after the fact. (By the way, I probably have a dozen blog entries that I’ve planned and never written, and about 3 weeks between the time I’m done with work and officially graduate and should probably stop blogging so…be prepared for that.)
So, I’ll sell my soul a little and turn this entry into a what is basically a Twitter feed. I hope you appreciate the enormity of this sacrifice of dignity. I do it all for you, dear readers.
So, entry number 1!
Friday May 1, 2009. 11:37 PM
I just created the following page according to these strict guidelines:
(See any typos? Please, tell me! =P)
Saturday, May 2. 12:02 PM
I’m in D-Lab right now (it occurs to me that I should post some pictures of this place later…) and just ran into Jodie ’09. Jodie and I go way back- we were almost temporary roommates. We found each other online and chatted a little before getting to MIT. By the time we actually got to campus, my rooming assignment had been switched (I was in a single, which actually really sucked for Orientation), so we never even ended up rooming together. When I got to campus I stopped by her room to say hi so we could finally meet in real life. We haven’t even really hung out after that, but we sort of smile and wave when we see each other.
Anyway, Jodie is running around D-Lab stressing about her thesis, which is basically exactly what I’m doing, so we shared our misery for a few minutes. I can’t help but think back to the first and only other real conversation we had- our first day on campus, trying to figure out where the laundry room in the dorm was.
Crazy how things come full circle, isn’t it?
Thursday, May 7. 7:52 PM
Hey look, it’s me, on Youtube!!!
Sunday, May 7. 5:38 PM
I can’t believe the end is so close…I’m sitting in LMP (Lab for Manufacturing and Productivity) right now, trying to finish this thesis. Basically it’s a MechE computer lab that has been functioning as Thesis HQ for the last few days. Adelaide and I have been here for hours and hours, maybe days, maybe weeks, I don’t even know anymore. There have been quite a few other people hanging out too, and we all immediately knew that we were all there for the same reason.
I mean, if you didn’t have a thesis to do in order to graduate, would you be in LMP at 3 AM on Sunday morning?
Adelaide is really cute when she’s sleep-deprived and thesising (now a verb).
We’ve been bonding with the other Course 2 seniors, sharing junk food and caffeine, and repeating our new mottos:
“D is for diploma.”
“Mystery Hunt – Fun = Thesis”
“I didn’t pay for it, it’s not my explosion.” (Yeah, I don’t know where that one came from either, we’re all a little sleep-deprived over here…)
But I’m making good progress here! I just made the following prettyful diagram:
Monday, May 11. 5:33 PM
My thesis is done. It’s printed on fancy special paper and turned into the undergraduate office.
I had about 3 seconds to enjoy the relief from that moment before I headed over to the Rotch library to meet with a partner to finish writing a final report that’s due tomorrow.
I have barely slept, my brain is completely liquid, I haven’t had a real meal in days (I pretty much made a dinner out of Sun Chips and pineapple soda the other night…), I feel like absolute crap, and this is absolutely the last thing I’d like to be doing right now. I’m actually pretty miserable at the moment.
Even down to the bitter end, MIT enjoys beating you down and destroying your soul. Right now, IHTFP is feeling pretty one-sided…