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45 Dreams Deferred

45 Dreams Deferred

Learning to accept rejections in academia

March 22, 2017 | Amanda C.

Dressed in a freshly dry-cleaned suit for graduate school visits, I marched proudly and eagerly into my first one-on-one interview with a prospective PI. “Hi, I’m Amanda!” “Nice to meet you, I’m Rob. Are you good at failing?” “What do you mean?” I stared blankly, taken aback by his bluntness. He smiled knowingly and leaned […]

Plan to Feel Unprepared

Plan to Feel Unprepared

You’re probably never quite going to feel ready for MIT, and that’s ok

March 14, 2017 | Katie M.

There are few things more intimidating than standing in front of an MIT classroom after your very first semester, preparing to lecture on topics you just finished learning about. I was in this situation during my first IAP (Independent Activities Period). I had been dreading the thought of teaching this lecture on International Climate Policy […]

Reaching the Summit

Reaching the Summit

Learning to appreciate grad school as an out-of-control ride

March 13, 2017 | Leigh Ann K.

I saw the police car just a little too late. I looked at the speedometer, and unlike the rest of the morning when I’d been sticking to the speed limit, I’d somehow drifted up to over 80 mph. Sally, my friend and hiking buddy, murmurs, “Oh no,” as she sees the red and blue lights […]

Not Just a Grad Student

Not Just a Grad Student

Overcoming impostor syndrome at MIT

March 2, 2017 | Alicia E.

From the day I moved to MIT, I worried about whether I belonged here. Was I smart enough? Would I be able to handle the intense, rigorous workload? Would I be able to balance my work with my life, and take care of my physical, mental, and emotional health? Why did my department’s admissions committee […]