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Spring semester in full swing

By: Mitsuhiro Nomura


After the internship in Japan and Vietnam last month,  spring semester is in full swing. Our new classes and classmates have made us excited again.

Real Estate Development Studio

In this class, we were assigned team projects to analyze urban development. Students in the class are not only from the MSRED program, but also from MIT Sloan Business School, and MIT School of Architect & Planning. In the middle of February, 2014  Peter Roth took the class to New York City to look at a couple of development sites  at which The Related Group presented their development and leasing strategies to the group .

The top picture that is showing on the screen explains the positioning of the development and leasing strategies of Rockefeller Center. They also gave us a tour through their most successful mixed – use development building, Rockefeller Center, and explained  their design and tenant strategies. We were then divided into seven groups and were asked to  analyze developments in Boston. My teammates were: Alba Flores MedinaClaire Wang, and Sangwook Nam , which all have different backgrounds and we combined all our knowledge and prior experiences on this project.

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Real Estate Capital Markets

During Real Estate Finance and Investment class in fall semester, Professor David Geltner showed us how to develop Commercial mortgages, Portfolios, and REITs. Students spontaneously made up study groups; mine is comprised of Matt Wallace and Sangwook Nam. The three of us usually study in one of the Center of Real Estate student lounge conference rooms, which each have monitors to utilize. It lends itself as a great environment  for classmates to study together.


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Outside Class

The MIT graduate soccer club allows me play soccer  year round, even when there is snow on the ground! We usually play soccer on the outside field, but in winter time, the club plays indoor soccer at MIT Zesiger Sports and Fitness Center. The club is open for all MIT graduate students and gives us opportunities to make grammar checker friends beyond each persons own group of peers from ones majors!

One of my most favorite places at MIT is Barker Engineering Library which is located under school-symbol dome! I am always studying in the reading room that has an incredible high ceiling and comfortable sofas.