Grad Life

Grad Life blog posts offer insights from current MIT graduate students twice a month on Slice of MIT.

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Grad Life: Dreams of MIT—On Becoming a SciWriter

“MIT’s Graduate Program in Science Journalism, or SciWrite, is less about scientific journals than science journalism,” explains Bennett McIntosh “…the all-important, oft-neglected task of communicating the facts and stories of science to the general public.”

Author: Bennett McIntosh is a science writing graduate student.  

 

 

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Grad Life: Bringing the Lab to the Field

“GOV/LAB demonstrates that rigorous scientific research can be accomplished in the absence of white lab coats, beakers, and sterile environments,” explains Leah R. Rosenzweig. “My political science research with GOV/LAB, since its inception in 2013, has taken me to poor rural villages in Tanzania, urban slums in Kenya, and youth hangouts in Uganda.” Read more.

Author: Leah R. Rosenzweig is a political science PhD candidate. 

 

 
katiearthur_featuredMIT Helped Me Tackle My Technophobia—and Push Disciplinary Boundaries

Katie Arthur admits that starting at MIT was overwhelming for her. I was one of those people. Self-confessed technophobe and analog extraordinaire, MIT seemed worlds apart from my undergraduate study in an institution that was over 565 years old (and in a castle). I was used to first editions of Shakespeare, not first glimpses at Oculus.

Author: Katie Arthur is a comparative media studies graduate student. 

 

MIT_CrossThe Magnetism of a Campus in a Digital Era

Matthew Claudel’s thesis involves studying the MIT campus and pathways for collaboration. “There must be a certain magnetism that drew us to campus. It’s an air that we’ve been breathing from day one, co-respirating with some of the brightest minds of our generation and previous ones. We brush shoulders with our peers and mentors and heroes—that’s the magic of being here.” Read more.

Author: Matthew Claudel is an urban studies and planning graduate student. 

 

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The Best $75 I’ve Ever Spent

Shelby Doyle almost didn’t apply to MIT because she thought it was a waste of money. “I thought to myself, ‘If I send this application in, I’d be like paying $75 for someone to print it out and throw it away. Now, I know I’m not the first MIT graduate student to experience some degree of self-doubt, but this early onset pessimism was a bit extreme. ‘” Read more.

Author: Shelby Doyle is a biological engineering PhD candidate and is a fellow in the biological engineering communication lab.

 

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Unexplored Worlds—the History of Blacks in Medicine

“…a week into a semester of required classes…I found myself still waiting for an opportunity to engage with my beloved worlds. What’s more, I had recently found out that my lab work would likewise not focus on my research interests. I would instead be working on an archive known as Blacks in American Medicine.” Read more.

Author: Evan Higgins is a comparative media studies graduate student. He works in HyperStudio, the digital humanities lab, where he researches the history of black physicians in America. 

 

09-15-16_jenniferballen2_featuredimageMy First Year at Sloan Led Me Around The World

“It is rare that one has the same exact vacation schedule as hundreds of amazing, like-minded yet entirely different, people. This is the beauty of the full-time MBA program. After Panama, I traveled to Cape Cod, Istanbul, Cartagena, Breckenridge, Newport, Japan, and Israel…My deepest bonds at Sloan have been formed through traveling.” Read More.

Author: Jennifer Ballen MBA ’17 is founder/contributing writer of a sustainable business blog and recently interned at the National Hockey League, with the NHL Green Team.

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