Friday, August 22, 2008

Eamon Sullivan pawed my pants.
I took a bunch of photos, but will only post one here.

-le sigh-

The number of international applicants for MIT went up in 2008.
Which meant the international acceptance rate went down.

I'm trying to do different things, because all the MIT sites talk about how they want students with different activities.
Although most, if not all of them, are things I want to do, I'm worried that everything I'll be working towards in the next 2 years (an MIT acceptance letter) won't become a reality.
All my friends keep saying they'll push me, but in the end, it seems that it's almost just chance.
Nearly everyone who applies is as brilliant as the next person, but it all depends on who reads your application and whether they like you better than the next applicant.

Lastly, I picked my subjects for next year.
- Literature
- Introductory Calculus
- Geometry and Trigonometry
- Physics
- Chemistry
- Human Biological Science

I was pretty confident about doing six TEE (university pathway subjects).
Until teachers told me I was probably going to burn out.


Jess said...

Don't you ever just feel like no one reads your blog?
I've just read your blog and want to wish you luck. It sounds like you're really passionate about your school so I think if you continue you will get in.
I hope this comment gives you some comfort and you continue to post such easy-to-read posts.

Anonymous said...

MIT does want students with plenty of different activities, but if you just load yourself up with a ton and don't excel in all of them, it's going to look rather desperate. I suggest you focus specifically on a few things that you're really passionate about, and soar with them. And of course, always remember that the more unique they are, the better ;)

And to tell the truth, you can do as much as you want to try to assure yourself an MIT acceptance, but once that app is sent off, it IS just chance. As you've said, there are a ton of applicants who are brilliant and amazing. What you need to do, then, is stand out. Show more than typical intelligence; show your passion, show your personality, show how you shine. As Ben Campbell would say, show something that "dazzles" them =)

Don't burn yourself out before you get to MIT =D You'll have plenty of opportunities to do that here.

-- Vivi, MIT'12