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Trying and failing to buy a house

Trying and failing to buy a house

Why can’t grad students get a mortgage?

September 27, 2021 | Miriam K.

We did everything right. My husband and I had excellent credit, did not have debt, and we always paid off our credit cards. We had plenty of money in our savings account. We attended financial seminars and learned all the steps involved in buying a house. And yet, when we tried to buy a small, […]

If you want, add a jump

If you want, add a jump

My rewarding journey of becoming a group kickboxing instructor at MIT

September 27, 2021 | Zhutian Y.

How do you build yourself back up when life gets hard? Some of my friends find comfort in creating art, some in hiking, while some in building relationships. Since I came to MIT, I have found my charging station and creativite outlet in kickboxing. At the beginning of my PhD, I picked up the habit […]

Miss to Mrs. to Dr.

Miss to Mrs. to Dr.

How to plan a wedding in grad school

July 12, 2021 | Miriam K.

Congratulations! You’re engaged! Unfortunately, you’re a graduate student. People get married in all kinds of circumstances, but the graduate experience is unique, and you probably find yourself strapped for cash, time, and energy. I’m here to show you that it is possible to have a beautiful wedding despite all the obstacles we face as graduate […]

What a poet taught me about sitting still

What a poet taught me about sitting still

Building a mindfulness practice into a busy grad student schedule

July 12, 2021 | Meggan D.

One year ago or so, many of us found ourselves suddenly with more time that we ever knew we had. With no commute, no social engagements, and little to do outside the house, we were left alone with ourselves. Perhaps for the first time, or at least, for me, for the first time in a […]

The right roomie for you

The right roomie for you

How asking the right questions can help you find your people

June 21, 2021 | Meggan D.

My freshman year of college, I lived in a dorm with five other girls and one bathroom. It could have been a disaster, but by a stroke of luck we lived together incredibly well. Not everyone had such a fortunate random draw—one friend from down the hall still talks about the “mold farm” her roommate […]