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Start of Something New by Hamsika C. '13

Please forgive the High School Musical reference.

More than a month ago, I stepped drowsily off a Southwest Airlines flight, lugged my two massive suitcases into a relative’s waiting car, and stared out the window, as trees, jaywalkers, and Starbucks stores passed by. After what seemed like forever, I arrived on the MIT campus, duly deposited my belongings in McCormick Hall, and proceeded to video-chat excessively with friends I’d already begun to miss.

I haven’t had much time for video-chatting since then.

Instead, I’ve walked all over Boston with my pre-orientation group, spent several minutes trying to pick flawless apples at Honey Pot Hill orchards, fallen in love with my roommate’s gummy bear vitamins, discovered the necessary evil of laundry, watched the sun set in the McCormick penthouse, attempted to create edible meals, and lost sleep over p-sets, late-night movies, and spontaneous midnight dance parties made possible by Jay Sean.

I’ve learned a couple things. Like how leaving your entire p-set untouched till the night before it’s due is clearly not a wise decision. And how the many incredible events at MIT all somehow schedule themselves at the same time and cause tangible sensations of grief and I-wish-I-had-Hermione’s-time-turner yearning. And how old habits die hard: all efforts to convince my body to forgo its established biorhythms and allow me to sleep in when possible have failed emphatically.

These past few weeks, I’ve made these small discoveries and others on my own. But now that the other ‘13s (plus Celena!) and I are on the blogs, it’s time that you all joined in on our various escapades. Tell me what you want to hear about or see, ask me questions, buy me tickets to the October 26 Jay Sean concert (hehe, just kidding about the last one). Whatever it is, I’m here for you! As time goes on, I’ll share more of my admissions story, my interests, my dreams.

For now, I just want to say hi. And welcome to my world.

29 responses to “Start of Something New”

  1. Cathy says:

    Hamsika!! Ur a blogger!!

    One of the most important things I’ve learned is just how much free food there is around here if u know where to look smile

  2. you should really start video-chatting again, your friends probably miss you ;D
    and congrats on your blogger status!

  3. Celine Yang says:

    Hey! I didn’t know you were a blogger. That’s awesome. I enjoyed reading your blog. b t dub I think I failed the physics quiz today.

  4. Celine Yang says:

    Hey! I didn’t know you were a blogger. That’s awesome. I enjoyed reading your blog. b t dub I think I failed the physics quiz today.

  5. Outsider says:

    Oh, cool, the ’13s have finally started blogging. And it’s always great to be reminded how much free food is available.

  6. Shreya says:

    New blogger, woohoo!

    I hope MIT and blogging treats you well smile

  7. Piper '12 says:

    Which FPOP did you do?

  8. Jenny '13 says:

    You win the first post contest.

  9. Hamsika! I’m so excited to be a regular follower of your blog!

    Much Love,

  10. Michaela '12 says:

    I also have gummy bear vitamins smile

  11. leilani says:

    hey congratulations!! I hope that you’ll have a lot of fun at MIT… Can you tell me how is McCormick Hall?? I wish you the best… :D

  12. Anonymous says:

    First! Welcome to the blogs!

  13. nicf says:

    good luck with MIT!!! i hope to see u next year there!:p

  14. jialing says:

    yay for ur awesomeness on the mit blogs H!
    i’ll now be even more constantly checking the mit blogs esp for u!

  15. Anonymous says:

    The “forego” in “…all efforts to convince my body to forego its established biorhythms…” should be “forgo”, meaning to give up, while “forego” means to go before, or to precede.

  16. M says:

    Hamsika, I love your free-form, kinda-stream-of-consciousness way of writing. I can’t wait to read the rest of your blogs. Welcome to the MIT Blogs!

  17. Quynh says:

    Hi!! I love your style of writing…it’s very light like mine smile
    i’m definitely checking your blogs out again….please keep them coming because you are my door into the world of MIT…a world I hope to get the chance to enter one day

  18. Raj says:

    Hope my daughter is motivated with this blog and see her getting into MIT one day…


  19. Hi, and welcome to the blogs.
    I wish you a nice journey at MIT, please blog about it.

  20. Hamsika '13 says:

    Cathy – hahaha, you’re right about the free food. i should blog about it sometime.

    Piper ’12 – I did Discover Urban Studies and Planning smile

    Michaela ’12 – they’re amazing!!

    leilani – definitely! i’ll blog about it soon

    Anonymous – thanks for correcting my mistake

    Quynh – keep that hope alive!!!

    Andre – of course; let me know if you’d like to know more about anything in particular!

  21. cherry panda says:

    Hamsikaaaaaaaaaa. Guess who’s planning on stalking your blog?

    (sound the name out. it’ll help. XD)

  22. Vinay says:

    Heyo girlo!

  23. Steph says:

    Welcome to the blogs! smile

  24. VAL ('14?) says:

    Welcome to the blogs! I look forward to reading what you have to say. smile

  25. Shraddha Pai says:

    greetings from India.. i do look forward to ur posts.. m aspiring for Electrical Engineering class of 2014..
    what kind of scores did u get on ur SAT to get into MIT?

  26. Elmar ('14?) says:

    Hi! Welcome to blogs and , well, congratulations on getting in!
    Very inspiring entry. Looking forward to reading your admission story as soon as you write about it.

  27. Hi!
    I’m aspiring to be in MIT next year.Can you please
    tell me something that can help improve my chances of being in the campus next year?

  28. Nikita says:

    YAYYY Hamsika!!! I’m so happy to read your blog smile I’m gonna follow itttt!!! You’re too darling for me not to!

  29. elma says:

    heyyy first of welcome to MIT….this year i ll be appplying here and i soo badly want to get in..hope i ll…really enjoyed yr blog hope to c more of yr blogs…and i really want to read yr admission stories do ryt abt them..