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Anelise N. '19

Sep 3 2018

Labor Day, literally

Posted in: Prepare for MIT, Life & Culture

Today was moving-in day, where I moved all of my stuff out of storage and back into my dorm room. Moving-in day is my second-least-favorite day of the year, after moving-out day (which additionally involves cramming all of your things into a bunch of tiny boxes).

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Me driving my stuff back to my dorm in a giant U-Haul truck

I always dread having to move my stuff. I'm not entirely sure why. I always think that moving is going to take much longer than it does (usually I split a storage unit with a friend and it takes around 3 hours). I think it's because there are so many steps to the process, and all of them are inconvenient and involve lots of sweating. It's also pretty sad to think about all the effort you're expending to move an entire dorm room's worth of stuff back and forth, back and forth along a one-mile stretch of road every summer for four years.

But regardless, moving is a perennial part of my back-to-school experience, so this year I decided to document the process.... read the post »

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May 28 2018

Why the title of this post is really important

Posted in: Miscellaneous

For the last 6 days, I’ve been at the Vision Sciences Society conference in Florida!

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The view from our hotel room.

As its name indicates, this conference is dedicated to the study of human vision—figuring out how and why the human visual system works the way it does. The conference covers everything from computational models for describing human behavior in response to visual stimuli to neuroscience experiments to tease out what parts of the brain process which visual cues.

The conference lasted for six very intense days. Each day, there were two different poster sessions and eight presentation sessions, with one poster session and two talk sessions all running concurrently. 

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Part of the schedule for last Tuesday...there was a lot going on!

Topics of the presentation sessions included perception (how the visual system actually represents visual stimuli inside our brains), memory (how the brain retrieves information once it has been viewed and absorbed), attention (what... read the post »

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Apr 4 2018

Spring break in Canada

Posted in: Miscellaneous

This year, for spring break my friend Yida and I decided to head to Canada!

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My friend Yida, showing off the giant ramp of the snowboarding Jamboree in Quebec City.
 

We spent three days in Quebec City and four days in Montreal. Montreal is pretty easy to reach from Boston and as such is a popular spring break destination for MIT students. We decided to visit Quebec City as well because I was really amped to practice some French and I wanted to see more of the francophone part of Canada. :D

We flew into Quebec on Saturday right after classes ended. The whole trip from take-off in Boston to touch-down in Quebec City was around 5 ½ hours because we had to fly through Newark airport.

We got a hotel room in the center of Quebec’s old town, but really it was more like a small apartment. We made sure to get one with a kitchen so we could cook food if we wanted to.

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Me in our kitchen in Quebec.
 

It was a really short walk to a lot of bustling areas and tourist sites in... read the post »

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Mar 28 2018

The middle of the semester

Posted in: Academics & Research, Life & Culture

I took too many classes this semester.

It was an accident. Usually five classes or four classes plus a UROP is a reasonable workload for me. Typically at that level, there are some stressful weeks, but generally I feel like I’m on top of my work and can keep everything under control.

This semester I loaded up on project classes. All three of my technical classes have semester-long group projects. My French class is also an uncharacteristic amount of work. So what ended up looking like an average semester is turning out to be really hectic.

I’ve felt pretty overwhelmed lately. I’ve had several weeks where I have deadline after deadline and it’s hard to keep up. Last week was really busy. It was the week before spring vacation and professors were trying to get to a stopping point before everyone headed out for the break. There were a lot of preliminary project deadlines. I gave a presentation for the Multimodal User Interfaces class where we had to lay out a detailed game plan... read the post »

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Feb 27 2018

A reading list for a week at MIT

Posted in: Academics & Research, Information, Life & Culture, Majors & Minors

Something unexpected has happened with my classes this semester. Up until this point, my homework has been pretty predictable: read some lecture notes, do a pset, repeat.

This semester, none of my classes have regular psets, but almost all of my classes have assigned reading!

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A week's worth of reading...even in technical classes! :O

Recently a big chunk of my time on weekday nights has been dedicated to studying scientific papers, pieces of literature, or system specifications. Even though a lot of it is technical, it’s a really sharp break from the math-and-coding heaving schedules I’m used to. In a way, it’s really nice—I’m being regularly exposed to challenging and cutting edge ideas and being asked to reason about them.

So I thought I’d take the opportunity of doing something I never thought I’d do at MIT—giving you an intro to my classes, literary style.

6.835: Intelligent Multimodal User Interfaces

This is a graduate-level UI class about designing systems that... read the post »

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