On the evening of November 17, hundreds of Course 6 students took their second midterms for their chosen foundation courses. Fortunately for them, after they finished their two hour exams, HKN was waiting with cookies to ease their sorrows. The students of 6.006 (Introduction to Algorithms), 6.002 (Circuits and Electronics), and 6.02 (Introduction to EECS via Communication Networks) expressed their thanks for the surprise treats, and while most grabbed a cookie and left to catch up on sleep or work on other problem sets, some stayed around to chat with the HKN event coordinators, discuss the topics tested on the exams, or commiserate with classmates.
The presidential election is a time for students to come together and eat burritos. That is, if you go to MIT. On Election Day, November 8, HKN threw a study break in the Course 6 Undergraduate lounge. Students feasted on burritos, tortilla chips, and guacamole from Anna’s Taqueria, all while they watched the election coverage by the edge of their seats. As the race tightened in key states like Virginia and Florida, you could hear students say “Yes, my vote counted!”, or “How much would it take to bribe an electoral voter?” Approximately 50 to 60 students came for the burritos, with an average of 25 sticking around to watch the coverage, hang out with friends, or work on psets. Those who stuck around for an hour were rewarded with delicious mini cupcakes from Georgetown Cupcakes.
On Thursday, November 3rd, the Course 6 department held a dinner where prospective M. Eng students could enjoy Thai food while asking current M. Eng students questions about different concentrations. Approximately 60 undergraduates came to learn about the different concentrations Course 6 has to offer. The event began with everyone grabbing a plate of food, followed by each of the current M. Eng students introducing themselves and their concentration. Students concentrating in diverse fields such as AI, applied physics, circuits, and BioEECS sat at different tables while prospective students walked around to the various tables to ask about research and studies. One M. Eng talked about concentrating in circuits despite doing signal processing research on optical signals in turbulent media. Another talked about their research in human-computer interfaces.
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This past Thursday, October 27, HKN hosted the Pumpkin Painting study break in the Stata Cafe for the Course 6 community. Despite being cold and rainy, approximately 30 people showed up to enjoy apple cider, cider donuts, and, of course, painting pumpkins. We had people from a variety of backgrounds, from freshman CS to senior EE students, and a similar variety of pumpkins were painted, from Van Gogh’s “The Starry Night” to a Handsome Squidward face. All in all, everyone seemed to enjoy taking a break from studying to partake in these Fall festivities!