Welcome to my study away blog!
A few meta things first.
Why I'm writing my first blog
I want my family and friends to know what I'm up to. Otherwise my mom will try to call me everyday :). Also, in 5 years, I want to look back and see all the silly things I did.My writing style
I'm going for quantity over length of posts (hopefully the quality will still be there). So my posts will be short. I'm not going to write down everything I did, but rather present one or two interesting cultural/sociological/whatever things I learned that day/week. If you know me (which presumably, you do if you're reading this), you probably know I like writing very informally (with lots side comments). Improper grammar/spelling is a guarantee.
...All right more about France!
More about my study away experience.
Here's where I'm going:
École Polytechnique, right outside of Paris, France. Ecole Polytechnique's nickname is "X"
Let's do a quick comparison between X and Olin (my home institution)
|Location||Needham, MA, US||Palaiseau, France|
|Number of students||~350 undergrad||2000 undergrad|
|Types of majors||Engineering||Engineering, Math, Science|
|Famous alumni||No one... yet!||Nicolas Carnot (X1812): the heat engine/2nd law of thermo guy|
Henri Poincaré (X1873):he formulated the Poincaré conjecture
Benoit Mandelbrot (X1944): Father of fractal geometry
Serge Dassault (X1946):CEO of Dassault Group... you know the guys who make Solidworks and cool fighter jets.
Joseph Fourier (Faculty): no explanation needed!
André-Marie Ampère (Faculty): see above!
This will definitely be an interesting experience for me!
Your job as the reader
...is to ask me questions (Steven, how well do you speak French? Answer: pas mal) ! Post them in the comments.
That's it for my first blog post!