Blogs: Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Waiting for Rejection, Finding Empathy

How my choice to pursue research at MIT has influenced my personal life

SPRING 2017
Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
A PhD is lonely. It’s especially lonely when all of your friends are getting married, when you are a perpetual bridesmaid watching your closest friends enter a new chapter while you are literally stuck in the same place. Most days, my life is stagnant: my code doesn’t work, paper writing is in the...

Visiting Olde Boston

The best tourist attractions in the Boston area

SPRING 2017
Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
My dear family and friends, I am so delighted to learn of your intention to visit! It would be wonderful to see you again and show you around this beautiful city that I’ve come to call home. Although I’ve lived here for a few years, it often takes the special occasion of visitors to create a...

East Asian Food Odyssey

Places to visit for quality East Asian food in the MIT area

SPRING 2017
Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
The saying, “a way to a man's heart is through his stomach," rings true to me. I inherited the joy I get from food and the importance I put on it from my late grandfather. On family trips he would pick out amazing restaurants that brought back memories of when he was young, and where the food was...

Human Touch

Embracing what you need in graduate school

SPRING 2017
Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
As native Californian, choosing to attend MIT came as a shock to my family. When I moved to Boston, they started placing bets on whether I would stay past the first blizzard, and how long I would last in general. Luckily for me, I moved to the east coast during one of the tamest Boston winters. For...

My Road to Yelp Elite

Eating and reviewing through grad school

SPRING 2017
Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Fact: The quickest way to attract students (and usually professors) is to promise food of any kind. Whereas I should be asking, "Interpretable natural language models talk vs. a mentorship lunch for women in computer science?" ... I find myself asking, instead, "Do I want free Brazilian BBQ or free...

The Case for Quantum Morality

A thought experiment in support of the many-worlds philosophy

SPRING 2017
Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
I should start by saying that everything that I'm about to write may or may not be completely bogus. Still, I haven't convinced myself that it's not bogus, so I guess I'll share it anyway.   I want to make the claim that our understanding of physics should influence our ethical decisions. To ease...

Community Health

Community as an essential component of mental health support

SPRING 2017
Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
This past October my wife lost a family member—someone who was very close to both of us. We quickly jumped on the first plane to California. I hastily composed an email to my advisor, letting him know that I would have to leave town for a few weeks. His message back was succinct—short enough to be...

Why Choose MIT?

The reasons I came to MIT, and the reasons I'm glad I stayed

SPRING 2017
Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
When asked the entitled question ("Why Choose MIT?"), especially by prospective students whom I haven’t gotten to know well personally, I’m often at loss as to how to respond. The follow-up question that I’ve always secretly wanted to ask back is this: When your initial reasons for going to MIT are...

Did You Walk from Korea?

Troubles and misunderstandings that I had on my first arrival to MIT

SPRING 2017
Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Arriving in from the sweltering heat of a typical Korean summer, the crisp cool weather and matching blue sky which Boston greeted me with was the perfect weather for my start as a new graduate student. And as a graduate student should be, I decided to be frugal and take the T (subway of the...