Every year MIT announces their admissions with a student made film, and this year’s Marvel inspired movie isn’t just inspiring perspective students, but potentially a generation of inventors.
While the admissions videos boost excitement for those awaiting their own “admit tube,” this year’s trailer has spread around the internet, making its way to educational sites all over social media, and hopefully inspiring the next generation to consider the school.
Though Riri Williams is a fictional character, a super-genius also known as Iron Heart from the Iron Man comics, she is portrayed by a real-life MIT student, Ayomide F. ‘18, who was also featured in some MIT publications sent to prospective students earlier this year. The film was shot on campus for realism, that’s even a real live lecture in the video, and Robotics major and co-director Selam G. ’18 talks about the importance of that realistic approach when it comes to bringing a positive representation of black women,
“…Riri Williams is a fictional MIT black woman, she’s played by a real MIT black woman, directed by a real MIT black woman, and “lives” in a real MIT black woman’s dorm room, something I thought was pretty awesome. It shows that all of Riri’s characteristics can be found, collectively, among all of the black women at MIT, and I’m glad that there’s now an additional story among all the fictional stories where people can witness this identity.”
STEM field is becoming ever more equal, and the nearly 50/50 split of the MIT student body is a sign that we are moving in the right direction.
200,000 students apply to receive their own “admit tube,” which is sent to accepted students and contains a variety of fun items (Check out this “Untubing” by class of ’17 student), but only 8% of them will receive their tube this coming Pi Day, 3/14.
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