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From procrastination to productivity

From procrastination to productivity

How I Found Motivation in a Remote Semester

July 12, 2021 | Anonymous .

A few months after receiving the exciting news that I’d been admitted to MIT, I was informed that my semester of grad school would be fully online. Little did I know that it would turn out much worse than I could’ve ever anticipated. Don’t get me wrong, remote learning has many advantages. There is no […]

Second time’s the charm

Second time’s the charm

Finally at MIT after an undergraduate rejection

June 21, 2021 | Miriam K.

I remember driving down Massachusetts Avenue with my mom when I was 16. We were in New England on a family vacation, so she arranged a campus visit at MIT for me since I was trying to decide which colleges I should apply to. It was a beautiful July day. We had a meeting with […]

When is the best time to start graduate school?

When is the best time to start graduate school?

Pros and cons of fresh-out-of-undergraduate and post-young professional paths

April 15, 2021 | Jessica W.

I’ve technically had two “first days” of graduate school. The first one was in September 2012. Fresh out of undergraduate, I arrived that fall semester at MIT – completely burned out. After graduate school applications and a grueling final senior semester, I was running on fumes. I joined a lab that semester in a field […]

Fostering success

Fostering success

Sometimes the youngest kids can teach the biggest lessons

March 26, 2021 | Anonymous .

Over the course of the fall semester, places in the US underwent varying stages of lockdown in hopes of slowing the spread of coronavirus. My hometown had some of the most severe lockdown rules, with all nonessential businesses halted for an extended period of time. But for all the personal sacrifices and isolation, my family […]

Packing for MIT:  Laptop, winter coat, math phobia

Packing for MIT: Laptop, winter coat, math phobia

How I survived MIT classes without a math background - and you can too!

March 12, 2021 | Jelle V.

When I put my pencil down after muddling through the last particularly hairy integration-by-substitution puzzler on the 2013 AB Calculus AP exam, I felt relieved – both that I had survived the exam, and, more fundamentally, that I’d never have to take a calculus class again. Seven years later, picking up a different pencil to […]