ESP Biography



ALAN ZHU, Very confused MIT student studying Math/Writing/CS




Major: 21S (21W/18), 6-2

College/Employer: MIT

Year of Graduation: 2023

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Brief Biographical Sketch:

Are you looking for a serious teacher of important subjects? When necessary, this could be Alan, but, in general, tends not to be.

Alan was born in the glorious state of New York, only to be quickly whisked away by his family for a brief residence in Illinois, followed by a longer stay in the barren land known as Rapid City, South Dakota.

Having found himself in such a place, Alan quickly developed an interest in getting out as quickly as he could. Despite this, however, he has only now arrived in a different place—Cambridge, Massachusetts.

As a rising sophomore at MIT, Alan's life lacks a general sense of direction, and pursues whatever whimsy catches his fancy on any given day. His interests include, but are not limited to: writing, mathematics, computer science, music, airports, trivia, high-speed rail, making new plans for the future, subway systems, singing and playing random showtunes, reading about international politics, consuming fruit, belting the song “Country Roads,” real pianos, complaining about biology, Supreme Court cases, talking about South Dakota, et. al.



Past Classes

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X14330: Streets! in Splash 2020 (Nov. 14 - 15, 2020)
Streets! What are they? Well, hopefully you have some idea of what a street is, but perhaps you want to know more about highways systems, the Manual on Unified Traffic Control Devices, or just big/long streets around the world. If so, look no further than this class.


X14088: Did We Start the Fire? History from 1949-1989 as Told by Billy Joel's "We Didn't Start The Fire" in HSSP Summer 2020 (Jul. 11, 2020)
Ever wanted to learn the history of the world from 1949 to 1989 but never had any idea how? Well, fortunately, in "We Didn't Start the Fire", Billy Joel meticulously lists every important event which occurred during those four decades [citation needed]. In this class, we'll go through each and every reference made by Billy Joel in a song that he notoriously called "like a dentist's drill," and hopefully learn something about history along the way.


X13239: Everything You Never Wanted to Know About South Dakota in Splash 2019 (Nov. 23 - 24, 2019)
Ever wanted to know anything about the 46th most populous state in the Union? No? Well, too bad, because, in this class, you'll be able to learn everything (and we mean everything!) about the godforsaken land known as South Dakota. Taught by two South Dakotans, this class will discuss topics as strange and varied as cows, The World's Only Corn Palace (TM), Mount Rushmore, and why is our state is better than North Dakota.


X13317: A Brief History of in rem Cases in the United States in Splash 2019 (Nov. 23 - 24, 2019)
Have you ever heard of the Supreme Court case "United States v. Forty Barrels & Twenty Kegs of Coca-Cola"? How about "United States v. One Book Called Ulysses"? In rem jurisdiction refers to when a court exercises power over an object, instead of a person or other entity. This can lead to some relatively ridiculous outcomes—what are they? Find out in this class!