Hannah Harens

Favorite Course 20 subject(s) and why?

20.309–Instrumentation and Measurement for Biological Systems. I took 309 the first fully virtual semester (Fall ’20) and despite not having the full in-person experience, I was so impressed with how interactive, approachable, and exciting the instructors made the content. Beyond that, I learned about topics that were very different than any other course I have taken at MIT and the instructors were incredibly supportive throughout the semester.

What will you miss most about being an undergraduate at MIT?

The MIT community! It is such an inspiring environment to be in when everyone around you is working so hard toward their goals, both inside and outside of the classroom, and I’m constantly pushed to do my best and improve myself. I enjoy learning about the many diverse interests of my peers, their backgrounds, and how that has shaped where they are now and their plans for the future. MIT has allowed me to pursue my passions for science/engineering and competitive clay target shooting at the highest level, an opportunity I will forever be grateful for.

Where will you be next year?

I will be just across the river, beginning my PhD in Bioengineering at Northeastern University!

Who deserves a shout-out for inspiring/helping you to get to this point, and why?

First and foremost, my family and my friends that are basically my family. They have supported me endlessly and helped me realize that the dream I formulated when I was 8 years old to attend MIT could be a reality. Also, a special shoutout to my coaches and my shooting family for helping me find my home in the shooting sports, always being there for me, and helping me find the balance to advance my education, grow MIT Sporting Clays Association, train, and compete across the country.