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The bright side of isolation

The bright side of isolation

A few positive aspects of social distancing

May 4, 2020 | Shashank A.

Being a graduate student whose work mostly takes place on a PC, the changes in MIT policies related to COVID-19 have not impacted my academic work by a large amount so far. On the other hand, the social impact of it has been much more profound. From an exponential increase in the discussions (mostly about […]

Dang, you live in Tang?

Dang, you live in Tang?

My first semester living in Tang Hall while dealing with its unexpected & unfounded notoriety

April 20, 2020 | Aditya G.

Random grad student: “Do you live on campus?” Me: “Yep.” RGS: “Where?” Me: *slightly wincing in anticipation of oncoming judgment* “I live in Tang Hall.” On the surface, this seems like a straightforward conversation. However, my answer often elicits two kinds of reactions. I either get a slightly sympathetic look (or an occasional smirk from […]

Fitting into MIT

Fitting into MIT

How imposter syndrome gave me a sense of belonging

April 13, 2020 | Kristan H.

When I got my acceptance email from MIT, I actually cried. My childhood dream was coming true, and my emotions were a whirlwind of excitement and disbelief. In a fit of excitement, I called my mom and somehow managed to string together words to convey the good news to her. At the end of the […]

The unlikely friends you’ll find

The unlikely friends you’ll find

How disparate interests bring the graduate community together

March 10, 2020 | Alan P.

I still remember the feeling of disappointment. This was right in the first week as a grad student and I was still in the social-butterfly phase, meeting the people I would be spending the upcoming years with. The thought flew through my head: “what a shame, he seemed like such a nice guy”. This thought […]

The Myth About Inbox(0)

The Myth About Inbox(0)

Learning to manage my unmanageable email inbox in graduate school

January 21, 2020 | Sam C.

After extolling the logistical heroics of Alexander the Great and his Macedonian Army, my military history instructor turned to the class and declared, “Good generals study tactics; great generals study logistics.” To my fellow graduate students, I offer a customized message: “Good graduate students study research methods; great graduate students study email.” In this digital […]