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Afeefah K. '21

Sep 7 2018

8,726,400 SOS: And That’s A Wrap!

Posted in: Miscellaneous

It’s been four days since the beginning of sophomore year. That means a few different things in my already congested brain. One, things are about to get incredibly busy again (and after three months of relative relaxation and down activity, I'm not entirely sure I’m ready for that). And two, summer is officially over. And with that, it is time to bid the 8,726,400 Seconds of Summer guest series adieu (not going to lie, it’s a bittersweet feeling).

Approximately three months ago, I stepped out of a six hour safety training session. As I sat, wheeling my chair back and forth, my mind had ran thought marathons of all kind. It was in that auditorium-style hall that the idea for 8,726,400 SOS first sparked. Since then, seeing it coming into fruition has been an enlightening journey.

The Journey of 8,726,400 SOS

When I look back at the blogger I was at the beginning of freshman year and the blogger I was at the end, I notice a huge difference. While I had started off with the... read the post »

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Aug 23 2018

8,726,400 SOS: What do those ROTC kids do during summer…?

Posted in: Life & Culture

...Don't they have bootcamp or something?

*written by Karen C. '20 as a part of the 8,726,400 Seconds of Summer guest post series*

Everyone knows the deal - MIT is a constant whirlwind of PSETs, exams, lectures, and the occasional puppy labs. For several of us, there’s so much more on our plates as well - training to become officers in the United States Air Force. If you’re a current MIT student, you may have seen us around campus, dressed up in our Air Battle Uniforms (you know, the green ones) or in our blues (they’re quite spiffy, I know). You probably didn’t spare us much thought besides the usual “Oh, I didn’t know they were ROTC” before moving on with your day, but have you ever wondered - what exactly do we do? While I’m sure you’re dying to know all about of our leadership labs, physical training sessions, and field training preparation throughout the semester - I’ll spare you the details, for now anyways. Instead, I’m here to introduce you to a few of our MIT and... read the post »

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Aug 15 2018

H I C C U P S

Posted in: Miscellaneous

A few Fridays ago, I sat down (as I normally do at the end of a long and tiring week) to watch a Bollywood film. All I was really looking for was a good-old three hours of minimal brain activity and the occasional musical sequence. When my younger brother hit the play button, I was already half-asleep. It’s been a while since a movie has kept me up past my internally strict bedtime. It’s been even longer since a movie has lingered with me past a good night’s sleep. Hichki (which roughly translates to hiccup in English), however, has had me scrambled in thoughts for days now. And as I’ve navigated my way through those dangerous waters, I like to think I’ve approached something meaningful.

(might want to turn on english subtitles for this)

In short, the film follows Naina Mathur, an aspiring teacher with some pretty heavy baggage: Tourette syndrome. A nervous system disorder in nature, Tourette’s causes her to make uncontrollable noises and movement. For a career as... read the post »

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Aug 13 2018

8,726,400 SOS: The Conscious Subconscious

Posted in: Academics & Research, Life & Culture

*written by a '21 as a part of the 8,726,400 Seconds of Summer guest post series*


After finishing my freshmen year, I followed the common path of UROPing on campus this summer. I lived at home (about 35 minutes on a good day) and commuted into Cambridge, resulting in the traffic survivor I am today. My UROP was in one of the biotech labs and this initiated me into the 9 to 5 world, something I thought would be easy. At the beginning of this initiating process there was a lot to get used to and a lot of conflicting feelings, now nearing the end of my UROP I have truly enjoyed my time, but it took the beginning weeks to appreciate it. Here I illustrate some of the thoughts I have felt this summer.


The Conscious Subconscious

Lab coat goggles gloves, lab coat goggles gloves,
What will I do today? I hope I don’t mess up
Ethanol, check cells, please don’t die, please don’t die
Split cells
Aspirate, don’t touch anything, stay sterile
Quick but sterile, quick, but sterile... read the post »

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Aug 6 2018

8,726,400 SOS: Got Solar?

Posted in: Miscellaneous

*written by Peter C'20 and Ashisha P'20 (members of MIT SEVT) as a part of the 8,726,400 Seconds of Summer guest post series*

We did it! Over the past three weeks, the MIT Solar Electric Vehicle Team competed at the 2018 American Solar Challenge (ASC). Our newest vehicle, Flux was tested, scrutinized, and pushed to its limits and after many stressful nights and over 1,700 miles on the Oregon trail, the finish line was crossed!

Unbelievable Scenery at Scottsbluff, NE PC: Ashisha Persad

On the afternoon of July 3rd, the team members frantically packed up every tool and potentially useful item we had in our shop at the Edgerton Center- no matter how heavy or dirty it seemed, and we began the long drive to Hastings, Nebraska, with Flux securely loaded into our trailer. Several gas station lunches and toll plazas later, we finally arrived at our destination, where we met more team members who flew in for the competition. After a few team discussions and a long night of last... read the post »

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