For MIT Admissions Blogs (2010)

System.out.println(“Hello, MIT admissions bloggers!”); //It’s like “Hello, world!” only you’re the world! =)

Blog

While you’re welcome to peruse the rest of my blog, here are some more interesting (I think) posts, some of which are buried in “Previous Entries”:

I also post often on College Confidential. My username is lidusha (the Russian nickname for Lydia). If you’d like another (longer) writing sample, please read my essay on the amphibian extinction crisis (password: adorableaxolotl).

Biography

Major:

I’m planning to major in computer science, and there’s a 90% chance I’ll stick with it. My primary interest right now is genomics (more specifically, sex chromosome evolution)—a mishmash of biology and computer science. The only reason I’m majoring in computer science and not biology is because a computer scientist can always go into computational biology (my favorite kind), while a biologist would have a lot more trouble becoming a programmer. Still, I’m hoping to take a healthy dose of biology classes even if it’s not enough for a major.

I’m also secretly scheming to someday write sci-fi novels (and mystery novels, and miscellaneous commentaries on the human condition), and am thus also secretly scheming to take a lot of writing classes.

Research and Activities:

Currently I’m studying the evolution of the Y chromosome in Dr. Makova’s lab at Penn State, and I would like to continue studying it through projects at MIT. My dream is to work at Dr. David C. Page’s lab, with whom we have a “healthy competition.” However, I’m waiting to apply to work at his lab until after I get a more sturdy biology background through at least 7.012 (which, by the way, is taught by Dr. Eric Lander! He’s another dream P.I.). Meanwhile, I might explore other fields through a smaller UROP project in computer science during my first semester (assuming I am capable of feeding myself and also getting my homework done, and find said UROP project).

I’m also slightly obsessed with frogs. If I can find an interested professor or activist group at MIT, I would like to spend time spreading awareness of the amphibian extinction crisis and, if possible, join a group to do related field work or research on spring break.

Outside of classes and lab work, I’m planning to join MIT’s outing club and the Russian club. Hiking, camping, skiing, nature photography, old Soviet movies, and especially canoeing are a big part of my life, and I don’t plan to leave them behind in Pennsylvania. I also want to sustain my connection to Russian culture even after I stop living at home.

Dorm:

I’ve been temped in Random Hall, and that is probably where I’ll stay. This, of course, is subject to change in the first days after moving in.

Quick answer

YouTube Video of the Now:

A City on the Edge of Forever was of the now 43 years ago, and will remain of the now for as long as Star Trek remains awesome (forever).

Little Known Fact About Me:

I watched Teen Titans (and daydreamed I was Raven) until I was 13.

Littler Known Fact About More Important Things:

Atrazine, a common herbicide, causes developmental problems and cancer. It was banned by the European Union in 2004, but it’s still the most common contaminant in American drinking water. Help?

Short answer

Why I Want to be an Admissions Blogger:

I blog because it makes up for my lack of height or upper body strength, and because I already narrate my life in my head anyway.

I started reading the MIT admissions blogs when I first decided that I want to go to MIT—in seventh grade. I’m excited for the potential to be on the other side of the curtain. I’d like to show prospective students that MIT is the energetic community I discovered at CPW, and—since I come from a family that still speaks only Russian at home and spends every other weekend hiking/skiing/camping/canoeing—that living at MIT doesn’t have to eliminate your connection to nature or to your culture. Also, having spent a year at Penn State in lieu of my senior year of high school, I could share why MIT’s personality and opportunities can make it a better choice than a less expensive school that accepts more AP credits.

While I can’t say I’m very good at it, I like to take photos of interesting or pretty things and post them on the Internet; if I were an MIT admissions blogger I would certainly maintain that habit (and incorporate more of those photos in my blog entries). I am also assimilating iMovie—expect several bizarre short films and time-lapse videos on my blog in the coming weeks.

Team Edward vs. Team Jacob:

Jacob has trouble controlling his temper, doesn’t take no for an answer, and is a member of “a strong male social group.” According to the Student Success Sexual Assault Prevention Program, he’s likely to be a sexually aggressive male.

Edward, on the other hand, respects boundaries. He makes decisions based on more than emotion—kind of like Spock. Also like Spock, he’s intelligent. He’s been alive (well, sort of alive) for over a century and doesn’t sleep at night, and therefore has had time to enrich his mind. He’s travelled, read good books, listened to good music, learned how to play piano, and endured the American school system longer than most high school teachers.

Even more important, I think, is the universe each brings with him. Edward’s world is impossible, extraordinary; Jacob’s world was borne out of normalcy in retaliation.

My alliance, I think, is inevitable. Because I personally prefer the extraordinary, because I’ve had a crush on Spock since the latest Star Trek movie, and because large dogs with big teeth scare me, I choose team Spock Edward.

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