01. Finally Getting Started

tldr: thanks for the homework assignment, snively.

So, the infamous “one blog-post every two days” MIT alum Snively recommended that, if I wanted to become an MIT blogger, I should actually start a blog of my own. If for nothing else, it’d be something to turn in with my application to show that I can (and will) actually write blogs and not stop after a few days. So here I am, an hour later, 48$ down on a domain name that lasts for a year that I am not going to let go to waste.

Since this is my first post, I guess an introduction is in order:

My name is Paige, and I am from Central Valley California (AKA, an hour away from everything, yet with nothing here to do)- and I got accepted into MIT much to my surprise. I hope to double major (I can already hear Petey saying something along the lines of “you and every other prefrosh”) in Mathematics and Philosophy. But more on that in another post.

Growing up I really wanted to be a VlogBrother– with new vlogs up every few days and talking very quickly. Much to my dismay, talking quickly is difficult to do when you have a speech impediment in second grade. And posting vlogs frequently when the only access to technology you have is a Blackberry is laughable. Don’t worry about me though: I managed to fix my impediment, and am ironically told I talk too quickly.

Besides, in the long run, I realized I liked typing blogs more than the concept of having to film and edit videos of myself nonstop. I find that I write with way too many commas, hyphens, semicolons, and parentheticals. That is what happens when you try to write in a cohesive stream of consciousness that happens to make sense (at least it does to me, and I hope it does to you). To say the least, Grammarly hates me. Meanwhile, my favorite Russian Novelists are proud that their writing styles live on.

I like drinking way too much coffee, writing with pen and paper, and feeling productive whether or not I actually am (*cough* making a blog in the middle of quarantine *cough*). I have way too many math books to read in one lifetime, started learning LaTeX, and have wanted to be a math teacher for the last 6 years. I have been told many times that if I like math (and I do), I can go into any field and make more money than a teacher ever will. But, I like communication. Conveying concepts through words and visualizations (whether that concept is Algebra 1 or what my horrendous writing style is like).

Who knows- maybe you, like Grammarly, will hate my writing style too. Either way, I am going to blog for the next year if it kills me. One could make the argument that this is because of the 48$ deposit on the domain. One could also equally make the argument that it is so I can keep in contact with my friends from around the country when we are all at college. Guess we will find out together.


Published by Paige Bright

Hi- my name is Paige Alexandria Bright. I am a rising junior at MIT interested in mathematics and philosophy. I have been writing this blog since the beginning of COVID. Lets see where this goes.

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