The following essays and visual memoirs, written and illustrated by students in the introductory writing subjects at MIT, were selected for publication in Angles 2015 by the editors and a review board of lecturers. The 21 works are categorized by theme and linked below, each with an enticing excerpt. For more information on Angles, including the thematic categories, please see our About page.
While others sat calmly, moving their pencils in measured strokes, I jerked my hand across my paper pad.
What part of my younger self have I left behind?
The cube provided me with comfort and confidence throughout freshman year.
I feel more like a good wiffle ball, in unpredictable motion, than a good wiffle baller.
Examining Self and World
I felt myself growing more comfortable with the idea that I was Black.
…a language is more than a set of words to communicate with; it is also the perception with which we see the world.
That day, that conversation, was the last time I made myself vomit food I had just eaten.
The over representation of black athletes in college and professional sports is a complex issue.
There were no coordinates for her soul from which to extrapolate the distance between mind and body.
Parents want their children to excel in music—but Lord forbid the kid harbor dreams of becoming a musician.
By producing an artificial calmness, beta blockers dull the general expressivity and emotional passion of a performance.
Infinity is not a fixed number. It refers to the continuously increasing state.
Her description of people with autism, as those who have trouble understanding other people’s feelings or talking about their own feelings, especially sticks with me.
We landed during the winter, but the bitter cold of the temperature did not shock us as much as the coldness of our new neighbors.
I was in a warm paradise of grandma’s love and good food.
I realized that I had an entire repressed memory of my dad’s affair.
Science and Technology Fascination
It might surprise you, as it surprised me, that according to the FAO, insect-eating is practiced regularly by at least 2 billion people worldwide.
Physicists are not the only ones keen to reap the benefits of quantum computing; agencies like the CIA and NSA might be on its tail too.
…traditional cell culture protocols are often insufficient to faithfully recapitulate delicate biological structures outside of animal bodies.
Despite all of the promising breakthroughs scientists are making, it is still difficult for them to study psilocybin due to restrictive laws.
Ultimately, the goal of particle physics research is to better understand the world we live in.