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Following your fascinations for a fulfilling future!

Following your fascinations for a fulfilling future!

How chasing his curiosity fulfilled a 13-year-old’s dream

February 8, 2024 | Ajay B.

From the moment I realized the significance of the sequence of events I am about to narrate, I wanted to save this story for my thesis defense speech. As I start the 6th year of my PhD, however, I can’t contain the excitement anymore. When I learned this blog post would be read by hundreds […]

Letters to a young engineer

Letters to a young engineer

My journey from school to industry, and back again

January 24, 2024 | Jacob T.

Well, you finally made it. A well-paying job at a world-renowned company, a 9-5 (ish) lifestyle, actually having weekends — weekends! — to spend on life rather than homework, all conveniently located in one of the best cities on Earth. It’s what your parents always hoped for you, what your professors always promised was just […]

Why I left the tech industry for grad school

Why I left the tech industry for grad school

April 26, 2023 | Gohar Irfan C.

“Why are you leaving your job?” “Don’t you make enough money?” “Why would you leave a big tech company?” “Are you going for a bigger paycheck? You must be stuck at the same level.” “What?! You said you’re completely leaving the tech industry?” “Oh! PhD? Don’t you already do research at work? Everybody learns at […]

MIT is the Hollywood of academia

MIT is the Hollywood of academia

My journey from Hollywood acting to the MIT Supply Chain Management graduate program

January 26, 2023 | Nauryzkhan D.

I always dreamed of doing great things and having a positive impact on the world. In my naivety, I believed that only celebrities have this kind of world-reaching influence. With this dream at the forefront of my mind, in 2018-2019, I pursued a career in acting and screenwriting, motivated by a desire to become a […]

First-year reflection

First-year reflection

Is a PhD really for me?

November 16, 2022 | Anzo T.

More than once in our career, most of us will find ourselves asking whether we made the right decision. Often, this questioning is triggered by setbacks, “less-than-ideal” circumstances or a mediocre environment. Without a doubt, the majority of graduate students will probably face this kind of uncertainty during our journey (especially for PhDs, as 5 […]