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Relearning how to learn

Relearning how to learn

Returning to school after years on a boat

September 21, 2022 | Matthew F.

As I sat down at my desk in the middle of the Pacific Ocean waiting for an Internet connection, I wondered if the long-awaited response would be sitting in my inbox. I kept hitting F5, hoping that the page would refresh faster. Internet on a naval vessel isn’t as instantaneous as the luxury Internet speeds […]

Life lessons from a cookie

Life lessons from a cookie

What the science of baking taught me about leaving home and entering a new environment

April 7, 2022 | Cassandra O.

One of the most famous movie quotes is Forrest Gump’s, “Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.” As a hobby baker with a mega sweet tooth, I feel obligated to come up with my own metaphor: Growing up is like being inside of a baking cookie. To me, […]

The White House is on the phone

The White House is on the phone

And MIT is in my inbox

April 7, 2022 | Will S.

President Jimmy Carter conceded the 1980 election earlier than expected. Ronald Reagan recounted, “I never dreamed it would be in the late afternoon when I was taking a shower, standing there dripping wet, that Nancy told me the White House was on the phone.” A year ago I received an email from another white-columned place, […]

How my journey to the Philippines brought me to MIT

How my journey to the Philippines brought me to MIT

…and connected me with an incredible mentor

January 18, 2022 | Autumn D.

During the summer of 2019, my mom and I visited the Philippines for our first-time to meet relatives and learn more about our heritage. To see as much of the country as possible and to meet as many people as possible, my family rented a van for a two-week road trip. I met a LOT […]

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, […]