So, September was a blast (yes, I need to type that in bold). I had my own way of celebrating 50 years of UWC and 30 years of UWC-USA, by having a long video call with my Kili hallway friends: Andrea and Simona. Lucien was not there because she’s in the Netherlands, and we have different timezone; it was already late night in US, so it probably was early morning in Lucien’s place.
I don’t think I can thank UWC enough for letting me experience the best two years of my life, the time when I think I learnt many things about this world and saw things from different perspectives. This school has shaped me, inside and outside (oh yes, Caf food!), made me more confident in the path that I’m taking. A better world, people.
On the other hand, a week ago, an inauguration was held to welcome the new president of MIT, L. Rafael Reif.
But, it’s more than that. Do you know John Harvard statue? Yes, as you can guess, he was a significant benefactor of Harvard College (thanks to Wikipedia, I thought he was the founder initially). This statue is located in Harvard University (of course), and MIT and Harvard are not that far away (you can take a bus and go there in 10 minutes). The other thing is, I’m not sure if I have told you about an awesome tradition here called MIT Hack. One of them happened on the inauguration day.
Do you know what’s even funnier? The president of Harvard University, Drew Faust, after giving her speech for MIT president’s inauguration, gave Rafael Reif a great ‘souvenir’.
Yes, the picture of John Harvard statue in MIT outfit. I just love how the relationship between these two leading universities in the world goes, and they are just 10 minutes bus riding away.
I also came to a session of a club called OrigaMIT, in which basically you make your own origami for the whole two hour session. I failed to make Android origami, though, so I made a penguin origami instead. The good thing is, they have many books about making different types of origami, step-by-step. I promise you, by the end of your senior year here, you still have lots of origami on those books that you haven’t tried.
Some people have been asking me about how hard studying at MIT is. I’m surviving, honestly; but it’s such a great feeling to learn something new (or not entirely new, hehe, right, IB?) from amazing professors, and actually have contact with them. I’m doing Physics I and Multivariable Calculus (or Calculus II) this semester in ESG, while taking chemistry and writing class in mainstream. My writing class is really great, I learn how to ‘decode’ advertisements, photographs, films, and other types of visual media.
Guess, where my favorite place to study is! Sorry for the pictures though, it was a cloudy day yesterday.