Kristen Overly

Favorite Course 20 subject and why?
Controversial choice but 20.320! I met some of my closest friends in the major from this class, and I also loved having Forest White and Dane Wittrup as professors. Though modeling in MATLAB was really difficult, the hours upon hours I spent in office hours helped me to meet new people and learn the material. One of the best feelings at MIT was finally turning in that 20.320 pset at 2am with my pset group.

What will you miss most about being an undergraduate at MIT?
I’m definitely going to miss all of my friends, both within course 20 and outside. I really enjoyed sitting in the student center and talking with friends who cycle through throughout the day, and I have yet to find a job where you can sit in a singular spot for 10 hours, chat with friends, and do nothing productive – let me know if you know of one! The people made MIT both easier and more enjoyable. Finding ways to be happy is definitely a key to success at MIT, and my friends, mentors, classmates, and professors all contributed to my happiness during undergrad.

Where will you be next year?
I will be working at Back Bay Life Science Advisors, a boutique life science focused strategy consulting and investment banking firm. I interned there two summers ago and absolutely loved it. I am looking forward to staying in the Boston area and staying connected to MIT.

Who deserves a shout-out?
My course 20 squad! @ Emily, Allie, Abby, Joe, Andres, and Shea – these guys got me through Course 20! I will miss this them so much, but I’m trying to get them together for a 20.001–Introduction to Professional Success and Leadership in Biological Engineering career panel in the future! Also, my advisor, Angela Koehler – she has been such a great friend and confidant over the past 4 years.