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Do it now. Seek help now.

Do it now. Seek help now.

Finding treatment for mental illness can be challenging. Don’t wait for things to get really bad. Seek treatment on a good day.

October 19, 2022 | Victoria H.

Mental illness is not unfamiliar to many MIT graduate students. People as smart as typical MIT students, when placed under that much pressure, are bound to have it. Look beyond three feet in front of you, and you’ll find evidence of it: that friend you haven’t seen in two weeks, long lines at MIT Mental […]

An ode to Kenji’s Cooking Show

An ode to Kenji’s Cooking Show

How home cooking during the pandemic helped me gain a new mentor

September 16, 2022 | Sophia X.

At the start of the pandemic, my cooking skills were in top form. I had mastered scrambled eggs and had honed my selection criteria for one pot pastas (the simpler, the better). However, the pandemic and the subsequent shutdown revealed some gaping holes in my knowledge.  I was suddenly home all the time, afraid of […]

Experimenting with love

Experimenting with love

Attempting to date as a PhD student in Biology

April 29, 2021 | Kate K.

As far as bad dates went, this one was catastrophic. My date (we’ll call him “Brad”) was drunk, not just on his own ego, but also quite literally drunk. Though really, this was not my fault, as he had decided to come that way. As the waitress cleared our table, he swiveled around to look […]

Unleashing my inner rockstar

Unleashing my inner rockstar

Becoming a BollyX fitness instructor during grad school—and a pandemic

March 12, 2021 | Neha B.

How can we have work-life balance when the “work” part is infinite? This was my excuse for not prioritizing exercise when I came to grad school. In reality, I was drowning in insecurity. I despised every form of exercise while I was growing up. In school, I always had the slowest mile (by far), and […]

Ohana means family

Ohana means family

Finding a community outside of MIT

December 18, 2020 | Sophia X.

I was freaking out. My whole body was shaking from a massive adrenaline rush. No, I hadn’t just seen the data that would complete my thesis work. I had just been hit by a car. Honestly, it was more of a “love tap” and I was okay, but there was real contact by a real […]