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MIT student blogger Derrick B. '08

Sometimes we have fun by Derrick B. '08

Pictures, pictures, pictures

Winter break is finally over and I’m back at MIT. As much as most people complain about MIT, you really miss it when you’re gone. Of course, maybe I just miss the freedom that comes with being away from home, but I miss being here just the same.

There was so much I wanted to tell you about last semester, but I didn’t have the time. I think it would be kinda silly to go back and try to write posts about that stuff now, so this post is dedicated to my favorite memories from Fall 2007.

Navy/Marine Corps Birthday Ball
Each year Boston NROTC hosts a formal celebrating the founding of the US Navy (on 13 OCT 1775) and US Marine Corps (10 NOV 1775). This year we went to the Park Plaza Hotel. It was a lot of fun: live music, good friends, and all the cake you can eat.


Greg ’08, Me, Jackie ’08. 3/4ths of MIT’s graduating NROTC class


Kristen ’09 and Vanessa ’09


My girlfriend Kristen ’09 and me. Who says you can’t find a girl at MIT who’s beautiful, smart, and can cook?

Boo’s Cruise
The senior class cruise on Halloween. Hence the name “Boo’s Cruise”, though I’ve always wondered if it had another meaning though. Like a good senior I went, and various debauchery ensued. Some pictures are omitted to protect the innocent (and guilty).


Katy ’08 as Goldilocks. I don’t know what’s up with that face


I was superman, Julianna ’08 was a border patrol agent

A-Entry Thanksgiving Dinner
A new tradition we started in A-entry this year. Each person was asked to bring a dish and we all got together to eat. A-entry is pretty diverse, so there was a good selection of food there. Everything from meat lasagna (which I made) to trail mix and donuts (which our Jamaican residents provided. They’d never had thanksgiving).


Drew ’10, Jenny ’11, Kristen ’09, Kristina ’08, Kevin ’10, and a bunch of other crazy people waiting for food


Kevin didn’t seem to trust the food


Me with my lovely A-Entry co-chair, Leslie ’10


Lynn ’11 surprised that there’s ham on her plate. Lynn cannot multitask at all. In fact, if you try to talk to her while she’s watching TV, it seems like she’s ignoring you. But she’s not. She’s like your computer when you try to play Elder Scrolls IV with maxed out settings and try to burn the entire second season of Battlestar Galactica to DVD. She needs time to process

A Phi Holiday Mixer
Each fall Alpha Phi hosts a party celebrating the holidays. Sorority events are dry, so it’s a nice break from the ridiculous antics you might see at a frat party. Normally there’s hot chocolate and cookies. The logs (my favorite acapella group) performed too.


Meeting Paul in person! It’s not everday you get to meet a blogger


My favorite A Phi lady Leslie ’10, and one of the coolest people to ever major in Course 10, Mariah ’08


The logs performing. Absolutely incredible

So we do have fun sometimes. Even the cranky seniors =)

14 responses to “Sometimes we have fun”

  1. A says:

    Second
    A very nice entry
    it’s a very good tribute to the passed semester
    thank you for sharing

  2. Shauna says:

    Yay Pictures!!! Why did the Jamaicans bring dougnuts. What happened to the mackarel rung dung, ackee and saltfish, flour dumpling and green bananas?

  3. Keri says:

    …yeah, what Shauna said.

  4. Sara says:

    Your semester looked fun! While I like all the pictures, I especially like the last one with the kid’s face who’s all the way up front wearing a red tie. hahaha

  5. archimedes says:

    How many a cappella groups are there at MIT?
    And Superman? CLASSIC.
    Great blog!

  6. Piper '11 says:

    HI PAUL!!

    Hehe, oh the work/play balance…

  7. Rashi says:

    Yay.. Eighth(I wonder what’s the deal with first and second)!!!

    Anyway.. I love pictures.. so this was a fun entry!!

  8. Rahul Jain says:

    People complain being in MIT??!! Oh my gosh! If I will be admitted I tell you I will not complain about being there! It looks like such a fantastic place! Sigh! If only dreams come true!

  9. Muz says:

    Wow, the MIT girls are h.. er, attractive. And smart too. I swear I’d never touch a dating site again if I could find that raspberry

  10. E. Rosser says:

    Glad you survived first semester! But, hey, you’re at MIT and it looks like it’s a blast! Hope I can say the same in a year!

  11. Wow Derrick! Your pictures are a testament to the work/play balance that MIT has to offer! It seems that you have come a long way since your freshman year. Was your first semester of frosh year as exciting as this past semester?

    If I were to get in, I hope to have just as many memorable moments as you do. =)

  12. Drew '10 says:

    You almost managed to get a picture of me stuffing my face in there. If only the picture of Kevin extended another 6 inches to the right..haha

    I guess, this is what happens when you get bored at work and all the other fun websites are blocked.

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