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First-year reflection

First-year reflection

Is a PhD really for me?

November 16, 2022 | Anzo T.

More than once in our career, most of us will find ourselves asking whether we made the right decision. Often, this questioning is triggered by setbacks, “less-than-ideal” circumstances or a mediocre environment. Without a doubt, the majority of graduate students will probably face this kind of uncertainty during our journey (especially for PhDs, as 5 […]

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 […]

Getting closer to my “luck”

Getting closer to my “luck”

The story of my journey to MIT

March 26, 2021 | Zhutian Y.

This is a story about an imperfect person finding her way towards incredible mentors and places. One day, I wish to hear your version of this story. 4 years ago, I was a sophomore in Singapore, studying signal processing and software development. I wasn’t the person I aspired to be – I wanted to be […]

Grad student by day, standup comic by night

Grad student by day, standup comic by night

Finding communities outside of MIT

March 14, 2021 | Emily M.

According to Psychology.com, Americans fear public speaking more than death. Personally, I’ve never been followed by an unknown man in an alley after dark and thought I bet he’s trying to take me to a convocation. To the contrary, I have always loved making people laugh. Some of earliest memories include imitating my family members, […]

Prospects of a prospective international student in a pandemic era

Prospects of a prospective international student in a pandemic era

Hey, it’s 2020 everyone!

December 29, 2020 | Andreas S.

The first six months of 2020 have been an emotional rollercoaster. The initial highs included receiving my acceptance letter from MIT; the lows — the COVID-19 outbreak and everything that followed from it, a canceled flight travel nightmare, the MIT campus closing, changing policies for international students which led to denied visa appointments at US […]