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Helen Read is a junior studying Course 2 and Course 18 (mechanical engineering and mathematics). She is originally from Parkersburg, West Virginia. On campus, she has been involved with the Cross Products a capella group, the Gilbert and Sullivan theater group, musical theater guild, and in our own office as a summer tour guide! We sat down to ask her about her MIT experience.


Favorite MIT memory?

The first time I got my robot working in 2-007 was very exciting, because it was something that I made. It wasn’t a kit, I wasn’t given specific directions exactly how to make it. I had to set this up, hook up all the wires, bend all the aluminum, and drill all the holes and stuff. I hooked it up, and it drove correctly, and I was just like, “I did it!”

Why did you originally choose to come to MIT?

The community. Other than here, I had really just applied to state schools, so MIT was very different from all those places. And I loved the community that I met here at CPW, and then when I was making my decision I was like, “you know, I don’t think I could live the rest of my life being like, ‘What if I had come to MIT?'”

What would you do if you found a penguin in the freezer?

Hug it. It needs to be warm, too.