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Kevin S. '19

Aug 28 2018

Fig. 6: Eigenverantwortung

Posted in: Best of the Blogs, Miscellaneous, International Applicants

They're not kidding when they say the Swiss are some of the most On-Top-Of-It people in the World.


During the exchange orientation session at ETH, the word Eigenverantwortung popped up during one of the slides—throwback to 18.06. This 18-letter word—a combination of "autonomy," "self-reliance," and "individual responsibility"—served as a preemptive warning for us to get our sh*t together learn to become highly-responsible, functioning, independent Adults (if that wasn't already expected of us to begin with).

Just for kicks, let's revisit Junior Fall for a sec, and see how all that Eigenverantwortung Adultness panned out. I had received the offer to study abroad at ETH, and all I needed to do was fill out some required forms and I would be on my way to living that dream Suisse way of life. Simple as that. Or so I thought.

Here's the progression of my todo list leading up to orientation and all the Adult things I needed to keep track of:

 Accept the offer to study at... read the post »


Jul 18 2018

Fig. 5: Zimmer- und Wohnungsvermittlung Universität/ETH Zürich

Posted in: Miscellaneous, International Applicants

Hoi zäme

I'm finally back in the US of A after 6 continuous months abroad, and it's been refreshing to not have to rely on my broken A1.2 Schwiizerdütsch to get around on a daily basis. Random things I've dearly missed: In-N-Out, Asian food, sourdough bread, cheaper prices, and Home

The past few weeks, I've been settling in to my summer studio apartment, interning the 9-to-5, cooking, and adulting (read: making sure I pay my bills on time). Oh, and studying. I finished and turned in one final paper for Human-Computer Interaction, but I still need to prepare for my Intro to ML and UbiComp finals in a few weeks. I'm also half-way thru with my 12-week internship (time flies!), and am also preparing for the collegiate championships during the first weekend of August. 

In the meantime, I've somehow taken over 138 GB of photos this year, and I've been slowly going through all my pics and videos. I put together a short tour of my dorm and room in Zürich with the help of my fellow... read the post »


May 30 2018

Fig. 4: Study with me!

Posted in: Miscellaneous

Grüezi mitenand! 

Thought I'd give you all a quick update on how life is 6'014 km away from the 'Tvte. Time flies (seriously), and I'm already returning back to the US end of next week. 

This week is also the last week of lectures here at ETH Zürich. But, the semester technically doesn't wrap up until the 31st of August. 

You're probably thinking, what? Ich auch. There are two main exam periods at ETH: the End-of-Semester and the Session Examination block. Most courses have exams during the Session Examination block that falls throughout the month of August, offering students the luxury of having the entire summer to revise and giving the school enough flexibility to schedule everyone's exams so that none will conflict. That is a far cry from the "reading period" of one day we get at MIT. However, that means that students at ETH don't necessarily get a summer break -- or have the opportunity to do internships, MISTI, or UROPs

For the 6 courses I'm taking this semester, I... read the post »


Apr 23 2018

Fig. 3: La dolce vita

Posted in: Miscellaneous, International Applicants


Earlier this month, here at ETH, we had our spring break a week after MIT's. But, I ended up taking an additional 2.5 days off and embarked on a journey to warmer, sunnier lands down south.

Two weeks before, however, my exchange friends and I did a pre-Spring Break weekend trip in Amsterdam, to an even colder city up north. I guess I'll count that as part of my holidays too?




To kick off the spring festivities, I joined up with Sandra G. '19 — studying abroad this term at Imperial College, London — in Italy for 5 days. We adventured around Rome and the Amalfi coast, hitting a few towns along the Mediterranean, including Naples, Sorrento, Positano, Capri, Amalfi, and Pompeii.









We then parted ways, she going to Vienna and Budapest, me spending 5 more days in Italy and 2 in Prague. I've traveled solo before, but this was the first time I'd done it for an extended, multi-city trip. In the following week, I went... read the post »


Mar 24 2018

Fig. 2: Frühlingsgefühle

Posted in: Miscellaneous, International Applicants