Okay, so I'm sort of cheating – I already wrote this post on my math blog, but I thought it would be interesting to write it again for a different audience and see a different set of responses.
Here's the deal: I'm having a pretty boring semester academically. After spending a year at Cambridge taking amazing classes that didn't fulfill any graduation requirements, every single class I'm taking right now is a class I absolutely need to graduate. (I won't bore you with the list.) Fortunately, that's it; after this semester, I'll be done. I am graduating in February. I will be spending the Spring semester at MIT but not taking any classes. How awesome is that? I know someone else who did exactly this, and he had the time of his life.
I fully intend to have the time of my life too. But I need your help! What are some awesome things I could be doing?
We spend so much time on these blogs telling you about all the awesome things we're doing, but if you're prospective MIT students, shouldn't you have something to say about all the awesome things you're doing (and that I could be doing too)? Help me out here! Here's some basic stuff I've thought of so far:
- Math blogging. (I've been neglecting this for grad school applications.)
- Learning me a Haskell for great good.
- Learning to cook.
- Learning to swim, for real. (I passed the swim class but I can't really do anything except a terrible backstroke.)
- Learning to play the harmonica.
Not bad, but it could use a little more awesome. What do you have that's better?
The only mild constraint I'll add is that I don't currently want to do anything that requires that I be any particular place, including MIT, on a regular basis (so I'm leaning away from a UROP, but if someone can convince me that that's the best use of my time I'll think about it), so I can travel for long periods of time if I want. I mean, when am I going to get this kind of freedom again?