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Who is OME

Alaisha Alexander

Alaisha is a Course 2 Major of the Class of '18.

Tell me about your first encounter with MIT’s OME Office?

My first encounter with the OME Office was through my Interphase EDGE experience. We learned about the office itself, the people that were there to help us, and the types of resources available. I didn’t really think much of it at first.

What were your initial impressions?

I didn’t really have much of an impression of the OME when I first encountered it. I regarded it as just another office within MIT I was unlikely to use.

Did those impressions change over time?

Over time, OME became a valuable resource to learn more about diversity and professionalism at MIT. I see it more of as a first place to go when I need something because if OME can’t help me, they refer me to an office that can.

What programs did you take part in, and how were they helpful?

Interphase EDGE was a wonderful introduction to academic life at MIT. The classes enhanced my study skills and time management skills. Outside of the classroom, I spent a lot of time with the other participants. Interphase has become a very connected family within MIT.

What was your most memorable or valuable experience with OME?

The Interphase EDGE program was definitely the most memorable and valuable experience I’ve had with the OME. It was an exciting prelude to MIT.

If you had to describe OME with one word, what would it be?


What would you want others to know about OME?

I’d want others to know that the OME is available to them. A lot of people don’t know that the OME is a good place to receive support academically and socially.

What are the OME’s best features/resources?

The warm and friendly environment of the OME is one of its best qualities. My most comfortable faculty relationships are definitely within the OME. MIT has become a home for me and the OME has been an instrumental part of that.

If you had to pick one book or comic to take with you to a deserted island, what would it be?

I’d take Shel Silverstein’s Where the Sidewalk Ends. That book has put a smile on my face in the darkest of situations and always amuses and delights me. To be honest though, I’d rather have blank journal. Better to keep track of my thoughts and musings while stranded.