Blog

PhD parenting in a pandemic

PhD parenting in a pandemic

Challenges and lessons learned from a tumultuous time in my life

April 29, 2021 | Adrian G.

When I first heard about SARS-CoV-2, my wife and I had just flown back to the U.S. from visiting her family in China. She was already in her second trimester of pregnancy and was concerned that the virus might spread to North America. At the time, I didn’t think too much of it. Evidently, her […]

Be the [climate] change you wish to see

Be the [climate] change you wish to see

Don’t underestimate the ripple effects of small changes

February 5, 2021 | Rachel S. (CEE)

“What were they thinking?” That’s a common phrase we might say when we shake our heads at past generations for war, genocide, and slavery. As we eat our cheeseburgers in our air-conditioned cars while rolling past carefully manicured and fertilized lawns (otherwise called a climate change crisis), we might not think this phrase may one […]

Realizing running is awesome

Realizing running is awesome

How I went from the couch to running a marathon

November 22, 2019 | Benjamin C.

This is a story about me transitioning from occasional running to try and get fit, to becoming super into running. Only two years ago, I was struggling with the boredom and difficulty of exercise and could never sustain regular running for more than a month or two. Now, however, running is an integral part of […]

MIT Time

MIT Time

A tradition of tardiness

July 8, 2019 | Abigail C.

I am perpetually late. No matter how much I look forward to an event, it seems physically impossible for me to arrive on time. This quality is something I have always tried to overcome, but with limited success. I’ve set aside extra time to get ready, but I somehow find other tasks that need to […]

MIT in a Year

MIT in a Year

How to make the most of a brief MIT experience

April 29, 2019 | Abigail C.

Nine months. The length of a human pregnancy. Also the length of my time at MIT. To clarify, this is not a story about pregnancy. Ask most MIT graduate students how long they plan to be here, and two years is the minimum. Many will be here well beyond four as they pursue a PhD. […]