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The conflict and the privilege of MIT

The conflict and the privilege of MIT

I didn't think I could come here, yet here I am, and that made me question everything

January 18, 2022 | Jorge S.

The arrival It feels very strange to be writing this. I never thought I would be writing as a student at MIT but after a rollercoaster of events I was given the opportunity of a lifetime: the opportunity to study at MIT. I applied to MIT as a high school student, and after being rejected, […]

3 things I did as an international graduate student this summer

3 things I did as an international graduate student this summer

And three that I wish I had devoted more time to.

January 18, 2022 | Ambar R.

When I was accepted to the Master of Science (M.S). in Comparative Media Studies last summer, I had very specific goals of how I wanted to spend the next two years of my life in Boston: conducting ethnographic research, volunteering in several organizations, networking, and learning how to sail during the summer on the Charles […]

On grieving from a distance

On grieving from a distance

Learning to speak the language of loss

September 29, 2021 | Mingyu Y.

“Can you make a short video for 爷爷? Just a few lines to cheer him up.” I received this text from my mother on the evening of October 12, 2020.  My paternal grandpa (爷爷, pronounced “yeh yeh”) had been transferred to a hospital several months ago, and his prognosis wasn’t looking good. Thankfully, 爷爷 hadn’t […]

Born in the USA!

Born in the USA!

A foreign American’s journey back to the US

June 21, 2021 | Ariel V.

Well, the truth is, that’s all I was: just born in the USA. I’d never set foot on US soil since moving away at the young age of 3 months, when my family’s work relocation period ended and they moved back to France. Later, I would find myself growing up in Israel for the greater […]

Getting closer to my “luck”

Getting closer to my “luck”

The story of my journey to MIT

March 26, 2021 | Zhutian Y.

This is a story about an imperfect person finding her way towards incredible mentors and places. One day, I wish to hear your version of this story. 4 years ago, I was a sophomore in Singapore, studying signal processing and software development. I wasn’t the person I aspired to be – I wanted to be […]