what do you do at MIT?

I am an MEng in 6-3 (Computer Science and Engineering), advised by Daniel Sanchez; I graduated with a double major in 21W (Writing) and 6-3 in Spring 2023. My HASS concentration was in Spanish.

I do a lot of things around MIT, including extracurriculars and classes; here are some lists of what I am currently doing and what I have done.

current side projects

  • Blogging for MIT Admissions (since September 2020)
  • Learning how to bootstrap Python using an unholy combination of Go, Rust, C, and Python itself (since October 2023)
  • Writing a new full-length play, tentatively titled Jay v. Jay. (since July 2023)
  • Serving as a TA for 6.190[6.0004], Introduction to Low-level Programming in C and Assembly (since January 2024)
  • Assisting with vocal direction for Next Act’s 2024 production of Legally Blonde (since February 2024)

things i have done

I have written and translated the following plays:

Play Length Production Notes
Hold Me, But Not Too Close 60 minutes Original play, two roles
Professional staged reading, MIT Playwright’s Lab, Spring 2022
Directed by Taneisha Duggan
Remembering Her 90 minutes Original jukebox musical, large cast
Full student production, Next Act, Spring 2023
Directed by three students, including myself
A Doll’s House 30 minutes Translation of a Chinese work by Zhang Xian (张献)
Partial staged reading, MIT, Fall 2023 (world premiere of the piece in any language)
Directed by me

Outside of playwriting, I primarily serve as an orchestra director for musicals. Thus far, I have conducted the following shows:

  • Heathers, MTG (IAP 2023) - 7-person band, pop/rock score
  • The Addams Family, MTG (Spring 2023) - co-position, 15-person band, mixed styles
  • tick… tick… boom!, KAST (IAP 2024) - piano-conductor, 4-person band, pop/rock score

I have been a member of the MIT Chamber Chorus for five semesters; during undergrad, I was also a member of the MIT Concert Choir for four semesters. I was a member of the MIT Asymptones acapella group for all four years of undergrad, where I served as publicity director (Spring 2020, Spring 2023), music director (Spring 2022, Fall 2022), and arranged the following songs:

Additional experiences include:

Position Organization Show Semester
Vocal Director MTG The Addams Family
(auditions only)
Spring 2023
  Next Act Remembering Her Spring 2023
Subtitles Wuming Theatre Club Bus Stop / 车站 Fall 2023
Violinist Musical Theatre Guild (MTG) A Chorus Line Fall 2019
  MTG Pippin IAP 2022
  MTG Best of All Possible Worlds
(a cabaret night)
Fall 2023
Actor Next Act Drowsy Chaperone
(Underling)
Spring 2022

I’ve been on the academic staff for the following courses:

Position # Course Semester
Teaching Assistant CC.802 Physics II Spring 2021
  6.191 Computation Structures Fall 2023
Lab Assistant 6.0001/2 Introduction to Computational Thinking and Data Science in Python Fall 2021
  6.190 Introduction to Low-level Programming in C and Assembly Spring 2023
Grader 6.006 Introduction to Algorithms Fall 2021
  CC.802 Physics II Spring 2022

I’ve also taught classes for middle- and high-school students at a number of Educational Studies Program (ESP) programs, such as Splash, Spark, and Summer HSSP. These classes have been:

Class Description Taught
A Brief History of in rem Cases in the United States A class about absurd cases which fall under in rem jurisdiction; e.g. United States v. Forty Barrels & Twenty Kegs of Coca-Cola Splash 2019
Did We Start the Fire? History from 1949-1989 as Told by Billy Joel’s “We Didn’t Start The Fire” A six-session class about every lyric in the song “We Didn’t Start The Fire” Summer HSSP 2020
Streets! A class about everything to do with streets, including traffic signs, highway systems, etc. Splash 2020
Everything You Never Wanted to Know About South Dakota A class introducing all of the content you might ever need to know about my home state of South Dakota Splash 2019, Splash for MIT 2020, Firestorm 2020, Firehose 2021
Something, Definitely A survey course of short introductions to a variety of mildly obscure subjects Spark 2021
2.97 Seconds Per Pokemon!? A class where we asked people to name ever Pokémon Spark 2023

I’m currently studying computer architectures for FPGA routing under Prof. Daniel Sanchez.

During undergrad, I participated in the following UROPs:

Project Advisor(s) Term
Studying optimal path planning for ocean vehicles with energy collection, using partial-differential equations Pierre Lermusiaux Fall 2019
Studying pre-historic artifacts displaying abstract patterning for linguistic understanding Shigeru Miyagawa, Christine Ortiz, Ellan Spero Summer 2020
Using Referring Expression Generation to Model Literary Style Nick Montfort Spring 2021
Studying the political and technical possibilites and ramifications for social media regulation (SuperUROP) Aleksandr Madry Fall 2022 - Spring 2023

During my undergrad, I took on a number of different roles in student government, and dorm government in particular. I was elected to the following positions:

Position Organization Responsibilities Term
VP of Relations Next House Running Next House on a day-to-day basis; assisting the president; maintaining the community after COVID 2021
President Next House Leading Next Exec; working with the house team and representing Next House to external organizations, such as the UA and DormCon 2022
Judicial Committee Chair Dormitory Council (DormCon) Intepreting the Constitution; running elections; providing input on DormCon decisions Fall 2021 - Spring 2022
Vice President DormCon Running DormCon meetings; working with MIT administration on dorm issues, especially the Dean of Student Life Fall 2022 - Spring 2023

I was appointed to the following committees:

Position Organization Responsibilities Term
CPW Committee Next House Planning welcoming activities for MIT Campus Preview Weekend; adapting the program to be virtual in two weeks Spring 2020
REX Committee
(Co-chair)
Next House Planning welcoming activities for Residence Exploration; creating a new program to support first-year communities during COVID Summer 2020
GRA Hiring Committee Next House Reading applications and intervewing candidates for Graduate Resident Advisor positions Spring 2021 - Summer 2021
REX Committee Next House Planning welcoming activities for Residence Exploration; running the first large gatherings of undergraduates post-COVID Summer 2021
Thanksgiving Committee Next House Organizing a large (hundred-person) Thanksgiving dinner for residents who stay on campus over break 2019, 2021, 2022
Undergraduate Advisory Group Schwarzman College of Computing (CoC) Providing feedback to the leadership of the newly-formed Schwarzman CoC Fall 2021 - Spring 2022

I did a number of other things during my time at MIT!

  • Mystery Hunt (2020 - 2024): I hunt with a team that has a different name every Mystery Hunt, but which was most recently named ​; I organized the team for the 2024 hunt!
  • Quizbowl (2019 - 2023): An activity where college teams compete to answer more questions in all sorts of academic fields.
    • Team Member: I participated in a number of regional quizbowl tournaments throughout my time at MIT, trailing off over the period.
    • Vice President (Fall 2020 - Spring 2021): I was responsible for running social events for and generally providing input on decisions made by the quizbowl team; I was also responsible for directing one college tournament.
  • THINK (2019 - 2021): A high school research proposal competition, which funds six proposals each year and mentors them through project completion, including a trip to MIT!
    • Team Member: I helped judge and mentor projects in the competition.
    • DevOps Member: I helped support the website needs for THINK, in both the main website and the application website.
  • lean0nme (2019 - 2021): An anonymized text support hotline for the MIT community writ large.
    • Supporter: I responded to texts on the hotline as they came in.
  • Next House Desk (2021 - 2023):
    • Worker: I sorted mail and distributed packages at the front desk.
  • MIT Science Bowl (2019 - 2023):
    • High School Science Bowl Invitational: I volunteered in a number of different roles in Fall 2019 and Fall 2020.
    • Northeastern Regional Middle School Science Bowl: I volunteered in a number of different roles in Spring 2020, Spring 2021, and Spring 2023.

classes i am taking this semester

  • 6.S984 - Datacenter Computing

classes i have taken

Classes at MIT are usually 12 units. All classes below are 12 units unless otherwise noted.

This section is organized many different ways:

by category

# Course Term
6.THM Master of Engineering Program Thesis Fall 2023
6.5810 Operating Systems Engineering Fall 2023
6.1220[6.046] Design and Analysis of Algorithms Spring 2023
6.S983[6.888] Secure Hardware Design Spring 2023
6.5830[6.830] Database Systems Fall 2022
6.5900[6.823] Computer System Architecture Fall 2022
6.170 Software Studio Fall 2021
18.404 Theory of Computation Fall 2021

# Course Term
6.9900 Teaching Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (24 units) Fall 2023
6.UAR Seminar in Undergraduate Advanced Research (6 units) Fall 2022, Spring 2023
6.9830[6.997] Professional Perspective Internship (1 unit) Fall 2022
6.033 Computer Systems Engineering Spring 2022
6.036 Introduction to Machine Learning Spring 2022
6.004 Computation Structures Fall 2021
6.031 Elements of Software Construction (15 units) Spring 2021
6.006 Introduction to Algorithms Fall 2020
6.009 Fundamentals of Programming Fall 2020
6.08 Embedded Systems Spring 2020
6.042 Math for Computer Science Fall 2019
6.0001 Introduction to Computer Science and Programming in Python ASE

# Course Term
21M.716 Play Translation and Cultural Transmission Fall 2023
21L.486 Modern Drama Spring 2023
21W.ThU Writing Program Thesis Spring 2023
ENG CNL Novel Lab (at Harvard) Spring 2023
21W.ThT Undergraduate Thesis Tutorial (6 units) IAP 2023
21W.740 Writing Autobiography and Biography Fall 2022
21M.785 Playwrights’ Lab Spring 2022
21W.771 Advanced Poetry Workshop Spring 2022
21M.780 Writing the Full-Length Play Fall 2021
21W.762 Poetry Workshop Spring 2021
21W.757 Fiction Workshop Fall 2020
21W.765 Interactive Narrative Fall 2020
21W.755 Reading and Writing Short Stories Spring 2020

# Course Term
7.05 General Biochemistry Spring 2022
7.03 Genetics Fall 2021
CC.512 Organic Chemistry Spring 2021
18.03 Differential Equations Fall 2020
18.701 Algebra I Fall 2020
18.100B Real Analysis Spring 2020
CC.802 Physics II Spring 2020
18.022 Calculus Fall 2019
CC.5111 Principles of Chemical Science Fall 2019
2.UR Undergraduate Research (3 units) Fall 2019
7.012 Introductory Biology ASE
8.01 Physics I AP Physics C
18.01 Calculus AP Calc BC

# Course Term
21M.405 Chamber Chorus (6 units) Fall 2023, Spring 2023, Fall 2022, Spring 2022, Fall 2021
CC.012 Continuing Conversations (3 units) Fall 2021, Fall 2020
21M.401 Concert Choir (6 units) Fall 2021, Spring 2021, Fall 2020, Spring 2020
21G.784 Introduction to Latin American Studies (13 units) Spring 2021
21M.301 Harmony and Counterpoint I Spring 2021
21G.704 Spanish IV Fall 2020
21G.703 Spanish III Spring 2020
CC.011 Seminar II (3 units) Spring 2020
CC.110 Becoming Human: Ancient Greek Perspectives on the Good Life Fall 2019
24.93 The Search for Meaning (2 units) Fall 2019
CC.A10 Concourse Seminar (3 units) Fall 2019
GEN.APCR AP Elective Credit (45 units) various

by semester

  • 6.5810 - Operating System Engineering
  • 21M.405 - MIT Chamber Chorus (6 units)
  • 21M.716 - Play Translation and Cultural Transmission
  • 6.9900 - Teaching Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (24 units)
  • 6.THM - Master of Engineering Program Thesis

  • 6.1220[6.046] - Design and Analysis of Algorithms
  • 6.UAR - Seminar in Undergraduate Advanced Research (6 units)
  • 21M.405 - Chamber Chorus (6 units)
  • 21W.ThU - Writing Program Thesis
  • 6.S983[6.888] - Secure Hardware Design
  • 21L.486 - Modern Drama
  • Harvard ENG CNL: The Novel Lab

  • 21W.ThT - Undergraduate Thesis Tutorial (6 units)

  • 6.5831[6.814] - Database Systems
  • 6.5900[6.823] - Computer System Architecture
  • 6.9830[6.997] - Professional Perspective Internship (1 unit)
  • 6.UAR - Seminar in Undergraduate Advanced Research (6 units)
  • 21M.405 - Chamber Chorus (6 units)
  • 21W.740 - Writing Autobiography and Biography

dropped:

  • 6.1600[6.053] - Foundations of Computer Security
  • 21M.283 - Musicals

  • 6.033 - Computer Systems Engineering
  • 6.036 - Introduction to Machine Learning
  • 7.05 - General Biochemistry
  • 21M.405 - Chamber Chorus (6 units)
  • 21M.785 - Playwrights’ Lab
  • 21W.771 - Advanced Poetry Workshop

dropped:

  • 18.704 - Seminar in Algebra
  • 21M.405 - Vocal Repertoire and Performance (6 units)

  • 6.004 - Computation Structures
  • 6.170 - Software Studio (15 units)
  • 7.03 - Genetics
  • 18.404 - Theory of Computation
  • 21M.401 - Concert Choir (6 units)
  • 21M.405 - Chamber Chorus (6 units)
  • 21M.780 - Writing the Full-Length Play
  • CC.012 - Continuing Conversations (3 units)

  • 6.031 - Elements of Software Construction (15 units)
  • 21G.784 - Introduction to Latin American Studies (13 units)
  • 21M.301 - Harmony and Counterpoint I
  • 21M.401 - MIT Concert Choir (6 units)
  • 21W.762 - Poetry Workshop
  • CC.512 - Organic Chemistry

  • 6.006 - Introduction to Algorithms
  • 6.009 - Fundamentals of Programming
  • 18.03 - Differential Equations
  • 18.701 - Algebra I
  • 21G.704 - Spanish IV
  • 21M.401 - MIT Concert Choir (6 units)
  • 21W.757 - Fiction Workshop
  • 21W.765 - Interactive Narrative
  • CC.012 - Continuing Conversations (3 units)

  • 6.08 - Embedded Systems
  • 18.100B - Real Analysis
  • 21G.703 - Spanish III
  • 21M.401 - MIT Concert Choir (6 units)
  • 21W.755 - Reading and Writing Short Stories
  • CC.011 - Seminar II (3 units)
  • CC.802 - Physics II

  • 2.UR - Undergraduate Research (3 units)
  • 6.042 - Math for Computer Science
  • 18.022 - Calculus
  • 24.93 - The Search for Meaning (2 units)
  • CC.110 - Becoming Human: Ancient Greek Perspectives on the Good Life
  • CC.5111 - Principles of Chemical Science
  • CC.A10 - Concourse Seminar (3 units)

  • 6.0001 - Introduction to Computer Science and Programming in Python, from ASE
  • 8.01 - Physics I, from AP Physics C
  • 7.012 - Introductory Biology, from ASE
  • 18.01 - Calculus, from AP Calc BC
  • GEN.APCR - AP Elective Credit, from AP classes in HASS (45 units)

by requirements met

Calc 1 AP credit
Calc 2 18.022
Chem CC.5111
Physics 1 AP credit
Bio ASE

+ denotes double-counted. * denotes CI-H.

Humanities CC.110*
Arts 21W.755+
Social Sciences 21G.784+*
Concentration 21G.703
  21G.704
  21G.784+*
Electives 21M.301+
  21M.401+ (x2)

RESTs 6.042+
  CC.512+
LAB 6.08+

* denotes CI-M. + denotes double-counted.

Nine Classes 21W.755+
  21W.765*
  21W.762*
  21M.780
  21M.785*
  21W.771*
  21W.740
  ENG CNL
  21L.486
CI-M 21W.757*
21W.ThT 21W.ThT
21W.ThU 21W.ThU*

6-3

Italics denotes classes tentatively scheduled for next semester. * denotes CI-M. + denotes double-counted.

Introductory 6.08+
Programming Skills 6.0001
Discrete Math 6.120+
Foundation see below
6.004 6.004
6.006 6.006
6.009 6.009
Header see below
6.031 6.031
6.033 6.033*
6.034/6.036 6.036
6.045/6.046 6.1220[6.046]
CI-M 6.UAR* / 6.UAR*
AUS2 6.170+
AUS2 6.5830[6.830]
II 6.170+
EECS 6.S983[6.888]

AAGS 6.5400[6.840]
AAGS 6.5900[6.823]
AAGS 6.5810
AAGS  
Math Elective 18.03
Math Elective 18.100B
6.THM 6.THM
6.997 6.9830[6.997]

by personal tier-ranking

S 6.004, 21L.486, 21M.405, 21M.780, 21W.762, 21W.771, CC.512
A 6.08, 6.S983[6.888], 6.5810, 7.05, 18.404, 21M.401, 21M.785, 21W.740, 21W.765, 21W.ThT, 21W.ThU, CC.012, Harvard ENG CNL
B 6.009, 6.1220[6.046], 6.5830[6.830], 6.5900[6.823], 7.03, 18.100B, 18.701, 21M.716, 21W.757, CC.110
C 6.006, 6.031, 6.033, 6.036, 6.UAR, 21G.703, 21M.301, 21W.755, CC.5111
D 6.042, 6.170, 18.022, 21G.704, 21G.784, CC.011, CC.802
F 18.03, CC.A10

exams I have aced

  • 18.022 Exam 1
  • 6.042 Exam 2
  • CC.5111 Exam 2, Exam 3
  • 6.009 Quiz 1, Quiz 2
  • CC.512 Exam 4
  • 18.404 Midterm
  • 6.036 Final
  • 6.5830 Quiz 2

honorable mentions (1 pt/1 question away)

  • 6.042 Final
  • 6.006 Final
  • 7.03 Exam 2
  • 7.05 Exam 3
  • 6.1220 Exam 2

classes I have finished with over 100% of the points

  • 6.042
  • 18.100B
  • 18.03
  • 6.036
  • 6.S983