Jenny Gao

Favorite Course 20 subject(s) and why?

20.309–Instrumentation and Measurement for Biological Systems and 20.109–Laboratory Fundamentals in Biological Engineering, I really loved both lab classes because it was super cool to get real hands-on experience (even though I ended up taking both in somewhat virtualized versions). The comm skills I got from 109 is one of the most useful things I learned during my time here, and the staff for 309 is amazing, so much so that I joined the teaching staff as a TA even in my last 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 wDefinitely the people, my friends and classmates kept me sane and functional at MIT. Whether it’s clowning around to destress or late night walks or grabbing a meal to chat about the past/future, the people here are some of the most supportive, inspirational, and downright awesome human beans I’ve been lucky enough to meet.

Where will you be next year?

An Amtrak ride away in NYC starting my PhD at Columbia University in the biomedical engineering program.

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

Honestly so many people as I like to consider myself an amalgamation of everyone in my life. My parents for sure for being steadfast pillars of encouragement and understanding. My friends for reminding me to have fun and giving me all sorts of perspective, and hauling me through my psets. My mentors for answering all my dumb questions about the future.