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After second freshman's death, some professors lighten students' workload
Christina E. Tournant ’18, who lived in Maseeh Hall, died last Thursday in Florida while on voluntary medical leave. She was the second freshman MIT had lost in a week.
The 2014 valedictorian of Osceola High School, Tournant was interested in studying biomedical engineering at MIT. Tournant was a sister of the Alpha Phi sorority as well as a diver on the swim team.
“She was that kid that was just happy, ” Tournant’s mother, Tava Wilson, told the Tampa Bay Times. “She wanted to do all kinds of fun things.”
The newspaper reported that minutes before Tournant was found dead last Thursday night, apparently having jumped off a parking garage at Tampa International Airport, she had sent a text message to her mother: “I love you, mom.”
“Sorry, ” she wrote in a separate note, “I couldn’t keep fighting.”
Tournant had been suffering from postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome for the past two years, the reported. The syndrome caused her severe pain and circulatory issues. Her condition worsened in December, and in February, she took medical leave from MIT.
Wilson said it was the physical pain that led to her daughter’s “emotional pain.”
“She was very stoic and didn’t want to let on how horrible she was feeling … She was really stoic to a fault, ” Wilson said.
MIT President L. Rafael Reif notified campus of Tournant’s death in an email last Friday.
“This is a moment when we need each other, a moment for caring, understanding and kindness, ” he wrote. “We will come through this tragic period together.”
Maseeh Hall residents met with their housemasters, graduate resident tutors, and MIT Mental Health representatives last Friday. A larger community gathering was held in Lobby 7 on Saturday to remember Tournant.
“People across our community are feeling the impact of the recent losses and those that came before, ” Chancellor Cynthia A. Barnhart PhD ’88 said at the gathering. “There is no shame in asking for help and support.”
Tournant’s death came less than a week after the death of Matthew L. Nehring ’18, which Reif announced on March 1.
“Four days ago, we gathered in lobby 10 for a similar reason, ” Barnhart said. “Coming so close together, [the deaths] are a terrible blow, ” she said.
Faculty members have also addressed the deaths in lectures and emails.
“These heartbreaking losses are impossible to fathom.” Professor George C. Verghese wrote to 6.011 students. “We are unlikely to ever have the answers we might want, not having walked in their shoes. That doesn’t stop our questions, and our wondering what might have made a difference — and what might still make a difference to others in despair.
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How does the total number of undergraduate students in Top US Tech schools (MIT,Stanford,Harvard,CMU,Caltech and UCB) taken together compare with the total number of Btech students in IITs? - Quora
Couple of points: Most of the students at most of the top Tech Schools are not tech students. Many students also change major after getting brutalized by tech. So you will need students from each school to clarify how many students actually graduate with engineering degrees from these schools.
In terms of admits- the US top 10 tech schools beat the Indian top 10 hollow, lets take the case of just the IITs for now (There are a couple of other schools generally considered to be in the top 10).
What How many students are enrolled at MIT (mass Inst of tech)?
There are a total of 4,172 undergraduates and around 6,020 for post graduate students.