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I want to be a ballerina when I grow up

I want to be a ballerina when I grow up

Don’t let your dreams die in grad school

March 10, 2020 | Alyssa R.

It was an average Wednesday. I rolled out of bed at 7:30AM, turned on Spotify’s “Monday Motivation” playlist and tried to let the cheerful pop seep into my bones.  Everything’s looking up now! How could you not believe him when he sings so convincingly? I swayed to the music as my routine swung me around […]

If something feels wrong, speak up

If something feels wrong, speak up

How I used my story to advocate for grad students

February 18, 2020 | Alyssa R.

This post is part of a special issue: “Mental Health Matters: Asking for Help & Reaching Out”. My first year of grad school at MIT was no piece of cake. I struggled to understand what was going on in lab, classes felt like they were ganging up on me, and everything came to a head […]

Ivy League Entitlement

Ivy League Entitlement

How not to date at a high-profile school

September 16, 2019 | Alyssa R.

“No.” I said. “I don’t want to.” I was standing on the street in front of a man in a suit. That man (let’s call him Ryan) was frantically trying to usher me into his apartment building. He held the door wide open, incredulous that I wouldn’t do what he wanted. “It’s not that big […]

Fated Friends

Fated Friends

Human interaction at MIT

August 12, 2019 | Alyssa R.

Walking into my MIT dorm for the first time, I itched to meet my peers. Although MIT students are known for being nerdy, I figured grad students (myself included) already went through a social awakening in undergrad. Making friends would be a piece of cake. I rounded the corner on the way to finding the […]

Girly

Girly

What a scientist should look like

June 17, 2019 | Alyssa R.

“Let us choose for ourselves our path in life, and let us try to strew that path with flowers.” – Emilie du Chatelet, Physicist I love dresses and bows, face masks and makeup. When I get ready for a day in lab, I avoid it all. It’s my first semester at MIT, and I wear a […]