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Natnael G. '15

Apr 1 2015

Sounding Stupid

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How To Avoid Sounding Stupid*

*All advice should be taken with a grain of salt/pepper/Adobo and a pinch of parsley.

  1. Don’t ask questions in class; everyone around you will think you’re stupid for not understanding the concept on the first try.
  2. Don’t ask the person sitting next to you to clarify what’s on the board; they’ll ridicule you for poor eye sight and tendency to zone out.
  3. Don’t ask for clarification in an argument; that’s a sign of weakness that will immediately result in losing.
  4. Don’t go to office hours; you don’t want the TAs to put a name to a face and judge all of the stupidity that ends up on your psets.
  5. Don’t admit you’re wrong, even in the face of undeniable evidence. You can always question its legitimacy later.
  6. Don’t ask your professors to proofread your essays; you don’t want to be there when they find out you can’t remember the difference between affect and effect.
  7. Don’t voice any of your opinions; chances are you haven’t thought it... read the post »


Mar 25 2015

Jigsaw Puzzle of Opinions

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A year back I developed a deep interest in understanding what made me who I am. This all started when moving to Cambridge for a year caused a bit of a culture shock that made me want to better understand my personal biases and cultural influences. It wasn’t until I took a moment to sit down and write my opinions on personal and political matters and create a map of what influenced those opinions that I had a better understanding of how my Ethiopian and American roots played a part. For example, I get disproportionately disappointed when a friend is eating near me and doesn’t offer me a bite. 99.999% of the time I don’t actually want the food but the Ethiopian side of me is so used to people begging you to eat their food that it’s become deeply engrained in who I am. The other side of the coin was about understanding where a lot of my opinions actually come from. Growing up, and up until recently, I was a serial flip-flopper. No opinion I held was ever set in stone. All it took was a... read the post »


Feb 16 2015

Blizzard Barbecuing

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Yesterday Spanish House celebrated Boston's record breaking snow fall with the WTF(Winter Time Fun) Barbecue! Who says a few feet of snow signals the end of outdoor activites.

Photo Credit to Hollie O. '15


Dec 28 2014

HT@MIT: Department Lectures and Final Presentations

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Hello all, it's been a while since I've done a Hidden Treasures at (and around) MIT so I thought I would bring it back with something I've taken full advantage of this year.

Department Lectures

For anyone that's used the elevators in Stata this is a common sight that's usually ignored. The titles are in another language, the paragraphs of text are incomprehensible and there's a severe lack of the word FOOD in bright red text. To be fair these posters are targeted to professors and graduate students but they present a learning opportunity for undergrads that you can't find in most classes.

The first opportunity is an insight into what's actually happening in the fields that you are interested in. A lot of the research that is being done is years from becoming practical and even longer from being taught in classes. I see it as a glimpse into the future and a look at what you might be working on if you go to grad school.

The second opportunity is through communication... read the post »


Nov 4 2014

Home Away From Home

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(Click to zoom)

Panoramic look at my room in Random Hall, let's zoom into some of the more interesting parts!

On top we have a couple of props from my favorite movies/comics.

The first shelf holds the crux of my media collection. It starts off with some classic newspaper comics, Calvin & Hobbes and Dilbert. From there it leads into the defining book of my childhood Squids will be Squids. From there we have a nice split of comics from the big two and independent distributors. Next we hit a series of novels that starts with The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, my favorite series of all time. Last is a series of DVDs (and the occassional Wii game) that I've always loved, from A Knight's Tale to Terminator 2.

The second shelf has a pair of blank white cardboard boxes that hold individual comics and various CCG cards. In the back there are a couple of CDs that mean a lot to me (from Regina Spektor's What We Saw From The Cheap Seats to Outkast's Speakerboxxx/The Love Below)... read the post »