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Quality of life: The heart of the matter

Quality of life: The heart of the matter

How my chronic disease has driven me to live more, not less, in graduate school and beyond

April 4, 2024 | Stephan S.

Most of the children showed off a favorite toy. Some brought items that were meaningful to their family or culture. When I got to the front of my kindergarten class, my hands were empty. “My show-and-tell is…me!” I exclaimed as I pulled up my shirt and bared my chest to an audience of shocked five-year-olds […]

The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Iftar and Dates

The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Iftar and Dates

Finding my community on campus through spiritual practice and vibrant tradition

March 13, 2024 | Layal B.

My stomach grumbled loudly. I had 1 hour and 33 minutes left until I could eat, and yes I was counting down the seconds. Though this was day 5 out of 30, I hadn’t adjusted yet to my new eating schedule, so getting through classes without breakfast or lunch was mildly difficult. The afternoon had […]

Learning from the magic bean

Learning from the magic bean

How becoming a coffee snob taught me about scientific experiments

January 13, 2023 | Rachel S. (MechE)

It all started when COVID hit. I had all this newfound time while attending classes on Zoom and found an outlet – specialty coffee. Before I knew it, I had become a full-blown coffee aficionado who knew all about the full coffee production process and cared about flavors in coffee. I found that the best […]

Crying in C-Mart

Crying in C-Mart

My Asian grocery adventure in the Boston area

November 21, 2022 | Rachel S. (MechE)

I can’t survive for a week without eating Asian food. Honestly, a big reason why I chose to come to MIT was because H-Mart was down the street from campus. However, after looking at my H-Mart grocery receipts from my first couple months here, I was crying (in front of) H-Mart. I realized that H-Mart […]

From B1G to little

From B1G to little

My transition from a Big 10 school to MIT

November 10, 2022 | Madison R.

My undergraduate university couldn’t be much more different from MIT. Penn State is a school of 50,000 students in a small town surrounded by farmland. The campus culture centers around varsity sports, and grad students make up a small minority of the student population. MIT is home to approximately 12,000 students, a majority of whom […]