The following essays, written by students in the introductory writing subjects at MIT, were selected for publication in Angles 2016 by an editorial board of lecturers. The eleven works are categorized by theme and linked below, each with an enticing excerpt and image. For more information on Angles and the thematic categories chosen for this edition, please see our About Angles page.
Exploring the Self
“So are you all set for America?” I overheard my grandfather ask my father. I remember my heart sinking into my gut.
There he is. The one queer Asian that I discovered in high school, the one that helped me realize that I wasn’t alone, that I might be just as normal as the next person.
Each step pushed me higher and brought me further into another world, a windswept landscape so entirely elemental and wild.
Exploring Science and Society
Imagine a world without fossil fuels, where humans can produce an emission-less, inexhaustible, and completely renewable source of energy. This is the utopian world of fusion energy.
The Swedish Social Democratic Party (SAP), the largest and oldest political party in Sweden, introduced parental leave insurance in 1974.
The MVL’s BioSuit™ concept, which aims for a “second skin” design, utilizes shape memory alloys—metals that assume their “remembered” shape at a set temperature.
T. L. Taylor explores new worlds. Unlike traditional explorers, Taylor does not traverse oceans, scale mountains, or shoot between galaxies at warp speed.
Before my nose is an array of shapes: squares, circles, stars, rectangles. These shapes form the mold that slowly creates and instantly destroys a toy chair.
Food for Thought
The scents would get stronger as I got close, and I would smell the usual suspects: garlic, soy sauce, and ginger.
Instinctively, I spat out the villain in my mouth and ran to a water cooler in the corner, allowing the icy water onto my face to extinguish the fire.
Life is studded with little pockets of magic. These are the moments with mysterious emergent qualities, when the whole is greater than the sum of the parts, when one plus one somehow equals three.