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Photo of Bill Hecht teaching how to tie a bow tie

In praise of IAP

For 50 years, Independent Activities Period has provided MIT community members with a respite from the firehose.

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Video game rendition of MIT's McDermott Court with a building covered in icing and rainbow sprinkles

Scene at MIT: Mystery MIT

Held virtually for the first time due to the pandemic, this year’s MIT Mystery Hunt took the form of a puzzle-filled multiplayer game on an alternate-reality MIT campus.

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“I’ve been drawn to [international] experiences mainly because I love school, and I love the classroom experience, but it just can’t compare to living with people and understanding their way of life and the issues they face every day," says senior Kendyll Hicks.

A force for health equity

Through on-site projects in developing countries and internships in the business world, Kendyll Hicks explores the political and economic drivers of global health.

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Carolina Ortega, a third-year mathematics student at MIT, talks with students as part of a MISTI-Africa program to connect MIT mathletes with their Ghanaian counterparts.

It all adds up

MIT students train teams in Ghana and Uganda for the International Mathematical Olympiad through MISTI-Africa.

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