I realize that some of you have been counting down to this day since what seems like forever. I know what that feels like.
When regular action decisions came out last year, I was at a debate tournament, with no access to a computer. A friend of mine had promised to let me use her Blackberry to check my decision, but just as the pivotal moment arrived, I couldn't find her; she'd disappeared to go eat lunch at a nearby McDonald's. I don't think I've ever disliked fast food more.
After fidgeting for a good ten minutes, I decided to call home and get my mom to check for me. It took me a great deal of nerve to do that, to know that if I were to be rejected, my mom would see it first. But still, I called. And told her how to log in. And listened to her read the letter. And proceeded to hyperventilate in disbelief and happiness.
I've wondered before what my life would be like if I hadn't gotten into MIT and hadn't chosen to come here. I believe it would have worked out fine: I would have still gone to college, made new friends, learned to work hard, had a blast.
To those of you who get in: Welcome to MIT! Celebrate with your family and friends - and join the Facebook group! Make sure you thank the ones who helped you make it this far :) I can't wait to meet some of you at CPW!
To those of you who don't get in: Take a deep breath. It's okay.
In my psychology class, we talked about an experiment where people attempted to predict their level of happiness before and after receiving a raise. Several stated that they'd be much happier after receiving such a pay increase; months later, however, both those who hadn't received a raise and those who had reported the same level of satisfaction with their lives.
I'm sorry for giving you guys a psych lesson :( I just want you to know that it's going to be fine. You're all talented and creative; you might not be using MIT as your stepping stone, but you're still going to change the world.
And to those of you who get waitlisted: Waiting's hard, yes. But the sentiment of this entry still applies. Don't give up hope! People really do get off the waitlist, and you could be one of them :)
To everyone: As my Star Wars-loving friends frequently say: May the Force be with you.