ESP Biography



CLARISSA TOWLE, MIT senior studying Materials Sci & Engineering




Major: Materials Science & Engineering

College/Employer: MIT

Year of Graduation: 2016

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Brief Biographical Sketch:

Hi! I'm Clarissa. I'm a senior studying Materials Science & Engineering and earning a Minor in Applied International Studies. I love learning languages and traveling (I speak English, Spanish, and some French), and I've studied and worked in Spain and Portugal through MIT programs! I dance with MIT's DanceTroupe, and I bike all around the Greater Boston Area (like to Walden Pond). I'm always involved in research on campus and love working with the Grossman Group. I'm an MIT tour guide, I tutor high school kids, and I'm involved in some event organizing with MIT. In my free time (haha), I cook, dance, and advocate for equality :)



Past Classes

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L9844: Intro to Etymology: Learn Languages, Ace the SAT, Take Over the World. in Splash 2015 (Nov. 21 - 22, 2015)
Ever notice that words like universe and reverse seem similar but have totally different definitions? How did that happen? What are prefixes and suffixes? What's a cognate and how can you learn romance language vocabulary rapidly? This course will teach you how to identify and exploit word families, primarily focusing on Latin and Greek roots.


Z9851: The Sex Education You Never Had (but definitely need) in Splash 2015 (Nov. 21 - 22, 2015)
Communication. Contraception. Consent. This course covers many aspects of relationships, from healthy to abusive, and introduces the various methods of contraception and protection. This is a broad and discussion-based class, so come with open minds, ready to tackle some incredibly important and relevant topics. Bring your questions, too!


L7571: Improv Spanish for Beginners in Splash! 2013 (Nov. 23 - 24, 2013)
What do you say when your burrito suddenly explodes into interstellar space? If you'd like to take a bus through Sevilla, Spain, but it's currently levitating ten meters off the ground? Come learn some basic and some not-so-basic Spanish phrases to help you describe the ordinary and the extraordinary in this crazy existence of ours.


P7573: Sassy Hip Hop Workshop! in Splash! 2013 (Nov. 23 - 24, 2013)
Learn how to WORK IT! We'll learn some super fun, loose choreography to a ballin' song. Topics covered: body rolling, droppin' it low, hips that don't lie, the dougie, whipping yo' hair, &more.