I could write so so so much about the “East Side,” about all of the wonderful assholes who are part of it, about the willingness of people to do whatever random, stupid shit you can come up with, about its culture that doesn’t accept your views because it didn’t care in the first place, about how it’s made someone who’s always felt isolated feel so much less so than ever before, about the fact that I consider the East Side, not where I’m from, my home, but alas, I have work to do. Instead, I’ll just say this.
I’m afraid. So many of us are. We fear that in the very near future, this habitat won’t exist any more–that students like us won’t find their places at MIT. MIT’s dorm’s shouldn’t all have an “East Side” culture, but MIT does need some with it. Other posts on this site prove that.
This is about more than just where we eat, sleep and shower. The East Side is where we live and grow and experience.
It’s our home. Here I undress—whether I want to walk around wearing a sparkly leotard or strip off the mask that shields me from the world. Where there’s no one to judge. Where I know people who care are. I laugh here. I cry here. I curse the world here. It’s my home.