Humans of MIT: Lauren Jefferson, 2014
In 2014, four MIT students created Humans of MIT, a Facebook portrait-blog inspired by Brandon Stanton's Humans of New York, that captures life in the MIT community through a single photo and the subject’s own words. Humans of MIT’s first Facebook post is of Lauren Alice (née Jefferson) '14, who offers words of advice for the MIT community:
It took me a very long time to get to the point where I was comfortable setting my own expectations and following those, instead of following all the other expectations that other people have like, "Oh, you're going to cure cancer. You're going to save the world. You're going to do this, you're going to do that. You're going to make tons of money." But try to set your own expectations. When you have so much pressure around you, follow your own standards. That's probably the best thing I've taken away from MIT.
Lauren Jefferson '14, 19 February 2014