Favorite Course 20 subject and why?
20.309!!! I really loved Instrumentation and Measurement for Biological System–it was just so fun and cool. I don’t want to do 309 like things in the future, but I deeply appreciate the knowledge I now have of microscopes, the data they produce, and how to best analyze said data which I just think is amazing. The 309 teaching staff are also some of the kindest and best teachers and mentors I have had at MIT (@steve and maxine and julie 🙂 ). I also want to give 20.320 Analysis of Biomolecular and Cellular Systems an honorable mention because it’s the only class I took twice (yes, you can drop a class on drop date and still graduate!!) and by the end of the second time I loosely decided to pursue a computationally focused PhD.
What will you miss most about being an undergraduate at MIT?
THE PEOPLE. Yes, everyone says this. And there’s a reason! I have never been surrounded by so many people from so many different backgrounds with so many different interests (inside Course 20 and outside) that exist and grow and learn and love together. The people here are genuinely some of the coolest people I have ever met.
Where will you be next year?
Next year I will be in Dublin, Ireland getting my master’s in global health as a Mitchell Scholar!
Who deserves a shout-out?
There are countless people who have mentored me, offered me kindness and patience, and given me the tools to become the person I am today and continue growing. I want to specifically shout-out my parents, Jane and Kim Davis, because I (very literally) couldn’t be here without them. And also, my incredible partner, who has held my hand through all that life and MIT have hurled at me.