What I learned from my friends during my Summer 2008 Boston/NYC vacation
September 2008 (perspective of a Ph.D. student)
I present a collection of observations and lessons about life, work, and interpersonal interactions, each of which I learned from spending time with a different friend during my Summer 2008 vacation to Boston and New York City.
I present a distilled collection of observations and lessons I've learned from friends I talked to during my Summer 2008 trip to Boston and New York City, where many of my college friends still reside.
At the conclusion of my 3-week trip, I tried to write down only one thing I learned from each of my friends, either by them directly telling me or via my indirect observations during our interactions. For some friends, it was difficult to choose just one thing to include, while for others, I had to really think hard about what generalizable statement about life, work, or people that I could extract from our interactions.
I now present selected entries from these notes, with the names of my friends anonymized and some details changed to make the results a bit more generalizable:
On life priorities
On being recent MIT alum
On working life
On Ph.D. student life