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My advisor left MIT during my PhD

My advisor left MIT during my PhD

Making difficult decisions with incomplete information

December 21, 2020 | Cherry G.

It was a chilly November morning in 2014, and two months into my second year at MIT. My PhD advisor called for an all-hands group meeting with required attendance. We crammed into a tiny conference room: all 15 of us, whose lives were about to be turned upside-down. On the screen, my advisor flashed a […]

To the mom applying to grad school:

To the mom applying to grad school:

How Motherhood led me to MIT

December 18, 2020 | Namuun P.

“Can’t believe you got it done with children! Good for you!”  an old friend told me. I received similar remarks from other people as they learned that I had applied, enrolled and now attend graduate school with two young toddlers; they applaud my ability to do so DESPITE motherhood. However, as I reflect on my […]

Vacation time!… What to do? What to do?

Vacation time!… What to do? What to do?

Opportunities for graduate students during pandemic and non-pandemic periods

December 4, 2020 | Andrea D.

When packing my suitcases to do my Master’s in Engineering and Management at MIT, I was not just thinking about which classes I was going to take, but also about what I was going to do over the vacation period.      Three months of summer vacation is a lot of time to travel around the […]

Pass the class — get a tat

Pass the class — get a tat

The process of making permanent decisions

July 22, 2020 | Faye E.

Of all the injustices committed by well-intentioned cartographers, the one dealt to Antarctica is one of the most common and, from the point of view of this glaciologist, the worst. Picture Antarctica: do you see a wide, skinny strip at the bottom of the map, like this? The Robinson projection, which was used by National […]

Piruksraurugut!

Piruksraurugut!

We have to do it!

June 8, 2020 | Annauk O.

For thousands of years, Inuit women celebrated womanhood and rites of passage by giving and receiving traditional markings. Two years ago, I received my tavluġun (chin tattoo) through a traditional Inuit hand poke method, where a needle is dipped into ink and then poked into the skin. Part of the meaning behind the two thinnest […]