Yuliya K. '18
Jan 6 2017
This fall, I took SOC-STD 98LH Education and American Society at Harvard. It was a wonderful course, with fascinating readings and discussions, an incredibly helpful professor, and ample writing practice. I miss the class now. 98LH was one of the required junior tutorial options for Harvard Social Studies concentrators (i.e. majors), intended to prepare students for their senior thesis. Thus, we read one long book or several long articles every week (for a total of ~300 pages a week) and wrote a 25-page final research paper. The amount of work took some getting used to, but I can definitely say that I learned a lot and improved in both reading comprehension and academic writing and research.
For the final paper, I chose to research the history of gender discrimination and Title IX at MIT. I first learned about MIT’s committment to gender equity during my summer research on immigrant students at the Institute (more here). The 1890 yearbook included a statement that “Since 1873,... read the post »
Dec 8 2016
Hey there, Early Action Applicant,
I just saw Chris’ post about EA decisions being released next week. And I wanted to check in.
If you don’t read past this paragraph, just remember one thing: your admissions decision does not in any way reflect your worth. A negative decision does not negate your abilities, accomplishments, and dreams. It doesn't mean you weren’t “good enough” for MIT. Like, for real, it’s not about that at all. A positive decision doesn’t guarantee you success, or even lead you to success—you do. MIT’s nuclear reactor will not give you special powers. Sometimes, students here live for weeks on a deadline-to-deadline schedule, so it’s hard to take advantage of all the opportunities. It’s hard anywhere to achieve your dreams.
It’s going to be a tough week. Don’t feel embarrassed about being anxious, or worry that you’re worrying too much. As I’ve written before, no one knows if they’re going to get in (relevant fun fact: MIT doesn’t do legacy admissions). So... read the post »
Oct 9 2016
Hi 2021 Applicants!
It’s been two weeks since my first post addressed to you. It’s a long weekend and thus an excuse to pretend that I don’t have to do work yet (although this is work; also, according to my Writing Advisor, “thus” is a very math major word and shouldn’t be used in essays). This post is addressed to all the Applicants who have emailed me, and it contains all the answers to your questions that I could know, some generalized for the public. If you’re not an applicant this year, but emailed me already, I’ll get to your questions later. And if you’re wondering why I didn’t send out any personal email responses, well, I got 46 emails just from Applicants plus at least 30 more from hopefuls in grades 8-11, and I don't want to keep any of you waiting longer than others (also the reason why this post is so long). Thank you all for your emails and kind words and for sharing your experiences! I appreciate y’all!
Number 1 tip that I can give you to answer all your... read the post »
Sep 22 2016
Whew, it’s been a long week! But I was thinking today about this time during my senior year of high school and that was really… (in)tense. I haven’t experienced that much uncertainty in my life before or since. I mean, that semester I'd think that I was heading to MIT one hour and then think that I wasn't getting into my state college the next. And I got lots of work here now, but at least I know the professors will accept it. So I wanted to reach out to you, MIT Applicant for the Class of 2021, and see how you’re doing.
If you haven’t started worrying about the applications yet, that’s cool. I started worrying sophomore year of high school, and definitely wasn’t wiser by senior year. Once I’d gone through the respectable sources about college admissions, I descended into the depths of College Confidential forums. Now, don't go to these, but there are whole threads where people post their stats, activities, and essay summaries, and then say whether they did or did not get... read the post »
Sep 16 2016
It’s the start of my third year here, and once again I am smiling at the first posts by our first-year bloggers. There’s a common theme: MIT is home and nothing will ever change that. It was the new bloggers’ theme last year too, same as the year before.
I've only been here for a few weeks, but 'here' already feels like home. (Joonho K. ‘20)
Above all, I’m just so glad, happy, elated, delighted to be here with people I’m already in love with and in a place I’m so proud to call home. (Alexa J. ‘20)
Over time, the sentiment from the bloggers' earliest posts changes, but inevitably there is at least one final post by a student in their final year at MIT that reiterates the theme: MIT is home. Yes, it can be hard. But despite everything, it’s hardest to leave.
So what’s the third year like? Well, it’s the start of a new half of college. This year, I was asked what my post-graduation plans were on the student financial aid form. I said something vague like “graduate school”... read the post »