Classes start in five days

What I’m Taking: 18.022, 8.01, 3.091, 21L.001, and 6.0001.

Non-MIT people are probably raising an eyebrow or mouthing “what the fuck?”

So MIT likes numbers, and it’s much easier to tell other classmates about their classes using building numbers or course numbers instead of actual descriptive words. Here is a cheat sheet for all the courses (MIT calls majors courses for some reason) that are available:

  1. Civil and Environmental Engineering
  2. Mechanical Engineering
  3. Material Science and Engineering
  4. Architecture
  5. Chemistry
  6. Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
  7. Biology
  8. Physics
  9. Brain and Cognitive Sciences
  10. Chemical Engineering
  11. Urban Studies and Planning
  12. Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences
  13. [redacted]
  14. Economics
  15. Business and Management
  16. Aeronautics and Astronautics (AeroAstro)
  17. Political Science
  18. Mathematics
  19. [redacted]
  20. Biological Engineering
  21. Humanities and Arts (there are a lot of subcategories here)
  22. Nuclear Science and Engineering
  23. [redacted]
  24. Linguistics and Philosophy

There are other courses that aren’t numbers like WGS or CMS but you get the general gist of it. So when I say 18.022, I mean that I’m taking a class from the department of mathematics. Usually, the first digit indicates the general level of a course, so 18.0x(x) usually indicates a basic sequence or an introductory level course in that department. And indeed, 18.02x is multivariable calculus, a class everyone at MIT must pass to graduate.

What’s the extra 2 at the end? It’s just a little harder and more theoretical. Will I drop from 18.022 to 18.02 in a few weeks after I realize that I’m boned? Probably.

8.01 is introductory mechanical physics, 3.091 is introductory solid-state chemistry, 21L.001 is about poetry, and 6.0001 (an unusual course number usually pronounced six-triple-oh-one or 6-thousand-one) is intro to programming using Python. I think numbers are a lot faster than actually having to write all these words out. Oh well.

Where I Live

Fifth West, East Campus.

I literally just moved in permanently so I’m kind of in the middle of a huge mess right now where my bed is not even close to being fully made and my furniture and suitcases are in diagonal messes on the floor. Starting tomorrow I’m going to clean things up and really start to take some ownership of my single room. I have a door to paint, walls to decorate, and a huge whiteboard to hang up.

As for Fifth West, the hall seems pretty chill. So what happened in the past week was something called REX aka “Residence Exploration” aka “dorm rush.” I got temped (temporarily placed to live) in East Campus’ Third West (aka Floorpi) during REX and decided to stay on East Campus. However, if you don’t like your dorm and would like to try and lottery out for a new one, you may do so with FYRE, which I think stands for Freshman Year Residence Exchange but I’m not entirely too sure. After REX is over, there is “hall rush” for some dorms, especially East Campus where there are so many unique personalities and cultures for all ten halls/floors. Although I didn’t get my top choice hall, I don’t see anything wrong with Fifth West and I’m more than happy to give it a chance.

What I’ve Done

These are blog posts that merit their own, but let’s just say that I did a lot of stuff. And another thing: I am now an MIT Admissions blogger, which is extremely cool and gratifying to say the least. (Well I guess I’m not one yet since I haven’t even written a single post, but I will soon!) My point is that when it comes to MIT-related stuff, I’m going to try and write in a lot more narrative style and post new updates on the MIT Admissions website at mitadmissions.org, and not here. But I’ll probably mirror posts that I make there and post it again here for continuity.

So it’s very very late at night and I would like to get some sleep, so I will stop for now. Until next time…

 

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I am a double agent (kind of)

Subtitle: I have so many things I want to do with my life and there’s no time to do any of them in time because I’m leaving for college in less than a month.

Why the title? I’ve been looking for a good proofwriting course that is pretty easy to get into so that I could have an easier time learning some higher-level math courses if the time comes. That search is finally over thanks to many of my friends that decided to go to Caltech instead of MIT (I will miss them so much and it makes me a little sad every time I think about it). Caltech’s curriculum is theoretical from the start, and it shows since they have an into math class that freshmen can take over the summer called Math 0.

The full class apparently comes equipped with video lectures and the ability to send assignments to graders that give super helpful, detailed replies and annotations. But I was only able to get my hands on the PDF notes and problems, which honestly is more than enough seeing as I’m having a lot of fun figuring out the problems on my own and I’m halfway done. If anyone’s interested in the PDFs, Caltech or some administration would probably shoot me, so just give me a private message or email me (found in my About page).

So another thing that I’ve really put off but I really want to do is review 18.02, something I touched on last blog post. Denis Auroux is honestly such a wonderful human being and I love listening to his lectures and his amazing accent and his perfect handwriting and speed-erasing. I’m really sad he’s not at MIT anymore (he teaches at Berkeley now). ASEing out of 18.02, a.k.a. getting full credit for it after passing an equivalent final exam, would mean I could pursue math a semester early like differential equations or linear algebra instead of reviewing what I already know (or maybe even take an introductory engineering course or other elective). I’ve gone through most of 18.02’s material once, and I took a course on the differential half of multivariable calculus last summer, so I’m hoping I can just pass by winging it at this point.

Other weird things that I committed myself to:  a real estate salesperson license. It shouldn’t be that hard, just a lot of time to learn the material so I can pass the exam. And I have to slog through a 75 hour timed course online before I take that. The good thing is I technically have until December until the online course times out, so I’ll be doing that when I have truly reached the pinnacle of boredom.

Speaking of boredom, some other goals and activities I’ve been trying to do when I have free time this summer: get a 99 on Oldschool. I have no idea why I started playing again (I checked in-game that I first made my account over ten years ago) but one thing led to another and me and three other school friends memed our way back into Gielinor. I’m talking we would Skype almost all day for a period of several weeks just grinding out the early game, fueled by our desire to simply keep up with each other. Now there is much less unity, but me and my very close friend still play from time to time. Since I’m at 87 fletching right now and it’s profitable (if only by a small amount) to fletch magic longbows until 99, I’m just going to string those anytime I have a few minutes of free time. Those minutes add up.

Another videogame-related activity that I seem to have lost all desire for: League. The only time I play is usually very late at night if friends are on. When I get to college, I’m assuming that I will get my ass handed to me with all the coursework, so that coupled with the fact that the game doesn’t really appeal to me much anymore means that I’ve weaned myself off pretty effectively. It’s still fun to watch LCS, though, don’t get me wrong. (Congrats to Doublelift for getting 1000 season kills!)

And finally, I got a DSLR. My first one, actually; it’s the Canon Rebel T6i. I literally just got it and haven’t even read the manual yet, and I’ve just taken a couple practice shots, but I feel like I’m already starting to fall in love. That coupled with two new whiteboards that I bought (a smaller one for my house and a huge one for my dorm room) would probably make for a revitalization in Youtube videos.

And I also want to learn Java further, but at this point when I finally get to doing that I’ll probably be learning it for my major anyway.

THERE’S NEVER ENOUGH TIME.

Okay, I’m going to end this blog post here because I really want to tackle this Math 0 problem: Let a,b\in\textbf{R}. Show that if a+b is rational, then a is irrational or b is rational.

 

 

Campus Preview Weekend – Part 1

MIT’s welcome weekend is insane. With 666 events spread out over three and a half days, there’s no way you can get to even a quarter of them. Because my phone had a serious battery issue, I wasn’t able to get everything on camera, but I have enough to give you a glimpse of what it was like.

 

dan and joon
Me and fellow EA admit Daniel Gonzalez meeting up just after orientation
room 2
The frat I stayed in for CPW (Theta Xi) was pretty nice, and my host (Josh) was extra nice. 😀 The only downside was that it was across the river, which made getting to campus a pain.

room

kresge cooking
It was pouring on the first day. Didn’t stop some people from grilling burgers, though.

outside

stata steps
MIT’s iconic Stata building.
tunnels
Me and Daniel used the tunnels a lot on the first day to get around.
next lounge
Next house event.
next ln 2
Next house making LN2 ice cream!
ball pit simmons
I think our Caltech refugees + Daniel group went to the Simmons ball pit, like, five times during CPW.
ball pit
In the pit from left to right: me, Craig, Sarah, Mayukha, and Cayla. ❤
opening 1
The opening ceremony was packed and featured a lot of cool things, like Ceri ’16, Stu, and the Logarhythms (one of MIT’s acapella groups).
movie mccormick
McCormick Hall had a Harry Potter movie night with butterbeer!
physics until we die
This was one of the room schedules at Firehose, ESG’s event. Of course.
w20 green
Campus is pretty. ❤

boston 1

boston 2
Boston is pretty. ❤

(edit: here’s a really good video by Daniel that captured the event nicely. ^_^)