“Let us choose for ourselves our path in life,
and let us try to strew that path with flowers.”
-Emilie du Chatelet, Physicist

I love dresses and bows, face masks and makeup.

When I get ready for a day in lab, I avoid it all.

It’s my first semester at MIT, and I wear a skirt nearly every day. I alternate my long hair between chic buns, French braids, and flowing freely — as I have my whole life. Slowly, as I become accustomed to my group, my work, and my building, I realize I am the only one. I am the only one in a skirt. I am the only one with long hair. I am the…