Angles 2018: Table of Contents

The following essays, written by students in the introductory writing subjects at MIT, were selected for publication in Angles 2018 by an editorial board of lecturers. The ten works are categorized by theme and linked below. For more information on Angles see our About Angles page.  For an overview of this edition of Angles and an explanation of the thematic categories chosen for this edition, please see our Editors’ Note.


Exploring Identity and Experience

Momentum  by Maisha Prome

The streets of Dhaka are unrecognizable today. A countrywide political strike was announced last night, causing the roads to empty out.


Because I’m Black  by Kenny Egbuonu

It stings. The cold wind is like pinpricks on my skin, sucking the moisture out of my lips and sending shivers throughout my body.


War  Published Anonymously

My war against my back began at the end of fifth grade at a normal checkup.



Their Bodies, My Choice: the Paradox of a Compassionate Meat Eater  by Tafsia Shikdar

A short grunt was the only acknowledgement I got as the wet snout of this stubborn KuneKune pig continued exploring the grass around my Wellingtons.


Confessions of a Bible-Believing Bisexual  Published anonymously

“I’m straight.”  As soon as the words left my mouth, my heart froze.


Investigating Issues in Science and Technology

More Than a Village  by Rana Besada

It takes a village. An African proverb originally applied to child-rearing, this piece of wisdom holds true not only in childhood but for all our lives.


3D Printing – Is It Safe for the Earth? Is It Safe for Us?  by Julius Hoang 

Wouldn’t it be cool to live in a 3D-printed house?



Saving the Coral Reefs  by Jenna Himawan

Imagine a world in which fish are getting more and more difficult to find. Global population is increasing, and one of its major food sources is disappearing.


Can Carbon Capture and Storage Help Us Curb Climate Change?  by Darla Earl

Since the start of the Industrial Revolution, steadily growing carbon dioxide emissions have contributed to significant warming of Earth’s atmosphere.



Karen Boiko
Susan Carlisle
Cynthia Taft

Brin Harper

Jared Berezin
Louise Harrison Lepera
Cynthia Taft
Andrea S. Walsh