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How I realized graduate school was the right choice for me

How I realized graduate school was the right choice for me

The best ideas come in the bathroom

December 1, 2021 | Edita B.

The best realizations really do come in the bathroom. I was washing my hands in the sink when I heard the bathroom door shut as another girl entered. If you ever lived in a college dorm in the US, you can imagine what a dorm bathroom looks like. It has multiple stalls and sinks so […]

Crafting is engineering, music is math

Crafting is engineering, music is math

What I learned from teaching design and engineering to elementary schoolers

September 27, 2021 | Rima D.

I am a serial maker: as a child, I dove deep into a new creative obsession each year. With each medium I explored, my passion for making grew, and projects flooded my house: a giant model of the Parthenon made from recyclables graced our front hallway, a crochet stuffed dragon perched in our kitchen, and […]

How leaving MIT convinced me to stay

How leaving MIT convinced me to stay

Navigating academia and industry as a grad student

August 11, 2021 | Anonymous .

Industry or academia? It’s a question at the forefront of many MIT grad students’ minds. I first found myself at this crossroads at the end of my undergraduate career, unsure whether I wanted to follow the path of a practicing engineer or that of an academic researcher.

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 […]