My favorite biology class was 7.06 (细胞生物学), with Professors Cheeseman and Orr-Weaver. Prof Cheeseman broke our recitation into four Hogwarts Houses, and held an inter-recitation House Cup. (Our team was Hufflepuff, which I found quite fitting.) He’d show us slides and we’d have to work together to figure out what was being shown in order to earn House points. It was a great learning experience and a super creative way to get us all engaged in the subject matter.
The critical thinking and problem solving I learned at MIT — combined with real-life experiences — has inspired me to think of my education as a gift I should put to use. Whereas fermentation engineers worry more about physical variables like oxygen transfer and think of organisms as black boxes, MIT gave me an empathy for microbes. It’s an approach that has been key to my success. When I walk through campus, I still get goosebumps from all the memories. It is such an amazing place.