Dec 13, 2005 Admitted Posted in: Miscellaneous Welcome to the Class of 2010! Feel free to use this post's comments space to introduce yourselves to your future classmates (and, later this week, look for new stuff on your MyMIT portal). Comments (Closed after 30 days to reduce spam) FIRST COMMENT YESSSSSSSSSSSSS Posted by: 0 on December 13, 2005 FIRST COMMENT YESSSSSSSSSSSSS Posted by: 0 on December 13, 2005 Yesterday I went home and I checked my mail but there was no tube... but about two years ago my mailman forgot to deliver something and came back to my house an hour after he delivered the rest of the mail, so he's not that reliable... so when I didn't see any mail from MIT I convinced my babysitter to drive around the block looking for him, but I guess he was already gone because we couldn't find him. So my babysitter and I drove to the post office to ask, and they said they were too busy but I had my dad call them and after he talked to them they went in the back and brought out THE TUBE!!! I'm SOOO happy right now! I even made my babysitter take a picture of me with all the postal workers! MIT is definitely my #1 choice, and I can't wait to meet all of you next year!!! :D Posted by: Chris on December 13, 2005 Chris are you Zoogies? Anyways CONGRATS!!!! I hope I get my acceptance today. Posted by: Seung min on December 13, 2005 Felicitari tuturor celor ce au fost admisi! Posted by: AndersoN on December 13, 2005 Thanks for working so hard!! Posted by: YeSeul on December 13, 2005 Hey did anyone from Houston already get in???? Posted by: DG on December 13, 2005 i keep reading the blogs to see how things are going. i now see folks with responses. but here it is monday and tuesday gone and still nothing in the mail. waiting is excruciating! Posted by: JB on December 13, 2005 Hi all- Hooray for '10! Alright well I heard the amazing news yesterday. I'm from right outside Philadelphia. I attend an all-girls prep-school outside the city. I'm a rower, diehard eagles fan (okay they suck this year, no further comment), and someone who enjoys reading the NYtimes and watching the daily show. Feel free to IM me at crzigrl464(okay it's from the 6th grade). Hope to hear from my future classmates soon! -Jenn Posted by: Jenn on December 13, 2005 Congrats Everyone Jenn, do you go to Baldwin? Posted by: Raksha on December 13, 2005 When I got home yesterday, the mail had not come yet. Bummer! So, I went to check the site, ofcourse, and had the blinds open to look out the window, waiting for our mail lady. I was on this site when she pulled into our drive way!!!! She never pulls into our drive way...so I'm thinking yes, it must be a package! I run outside, with no shoes, bare feet in the snow. She's in the back of her truck, and when she comes out, she has a L.L Bean bag! Ahhh!! My brother apparently ordered a backpack from there. So there I was...standing...getting my hopes all up. Then, all of a sudden, she picks up this tube!!! OMG! Of course...I start jumping with glee...and hugging the mail lady after I tell her I just got into college!!! Posted by: priya on December 13, 2005 I'd jsut like to say that I love you guys for the tubes. They're relaly really huggable =) *still jumping up and down* Posted by: Masha on December 13, 2005 Congratulations to everyone who got accepted! Hopefully I will be celebrating with you guys in September, but I won't know until March (I'm a RD applicant). I have only posted a few times, but I'm addicted to reading these blogs, and I thought that creating a forum and chat room devoted to MIT would be a good way to keep the community alive. You can access my forums at: www.admissiondiscussion.org/forums I just purchased the domain name last night, so I haven't had a lot of time to spend on editing the forums yet. I plan on changing the theme up a bit, since the default myBB is rather boring. Once I finish up the forums, I will be adding a chat room. Man, you guys are lucky to already know your fate. I still have 3 months left of extreme anxiety :( Posted by: Lindsay on December 13, 2005 Hi Matt! I'M SO HAPPY I GOT IN!! You have no idea, when I saw that tube, I started jumping up and down! When you made the post about the "record low acceptance rate" this year, I was close to tears. GO MIT! Posted by: Nora M. on December 13, 2005 Priya where do you live and Congrats Posted by: Hemal on December 13, 2005 To those who got admitted already, what kind of mail did they send the tubes in? Was it just regular USPS or FedEx? Has anyone from the Atlanta area heard anything? I'm probably just being paranoid. Congrats to all those who got in! I'm thrilled for you guys. Posted by: Jonathan on December 13, 2005 Hey, hey. I got my tube yesterday in Miami! I'm so overwhelmed. I can't wait to get to meet everyone else. Good luck! I'm sorry to the person I cut off on the road speeding to get home to my mailbox.... Posted by: Armand on December 13, 2005 Jonathan, I live in Miami too, but am still waiting. Well Congrats to you and everyone else who was admitted. Posted by: Molly on December 13, 2005 Congratulations to all who have been admitted thus far. I live just north of Atlanta and haven't gotten anything yet, still hope remains. Posted by: Jason Murray on December 13, 2005 Tubes? How appropriate I haven't gotten anything up here in Minnesota yet. Yay for up north, haha. Congrats to everyone! I hope you all enjoy your stay at MIT; it certainly looks to be worth it. Posted by: Kamran on December 13, 2005 Straight up I just got my tube in the mail! This is awesome! I'm actually from right in the middle of the country, in rural Nebraska, and I go to a high school where class size is 50, so getting into MIT, the #1 most prestigious school in the nation is huge. Anybody else from Nebraska make it? Posted by: Tyler L on December 13, 2005 What is the tube? Explain to me! Posted by: Jennifer on December 13, 2005 congrats everyone! Posted by: April on December 13, 2005 the accpetanletter is in a tube..that's all i know..i haven't gotten anything Posted by: April on December 13, 2005 * acceptance letter Posted by: April on December 13, 2005 I'm from Minnesota too, and still haven't heard anything. I really hope the delay is due to snow and postal back-up, and not for other reasons... Congrats to all accepted! You must be amazing. What am I saying, of course you are, you're bound for MIT. Hopeful I'll join you! Posted by: Laura Hohman on December 13, 2005 So why have the only people with responses gotten accepted? Can you answer this Matt? Did MIT send out the tubes on thursday and then the deferrals/rejections on friday? (thus the tubes would make it through before the snow storm). This obviously isn't a coincidence. Everyone with a response has gotten tubes. Maybe all the tubes have already made it to their destinations and now it's just longer for the deferrals? This isn't cool. I expected more from MIT. Posted by: 0 on December 13, 2005 Anon, I'm sorry you're disappointed. I assure you all decisions were mailed out by the US Postal Service on Friday. Now that the decisions are in the hands of the USPS, there's no more we can do but wait for these good men and women to deliver your decision to you. Best wishes, -- Matt Posted by: madmatt on December 13, 2005 To Nora, YeSeul, and everyone else I've had he chance to meet -- congrats! Posted by: madmatt on December 13, 2005 Congrats to everyone who did it. I cannot believe I actually got accepted. When I saw that tube on my bed I almost fainted and when I got to opened it my mom was the one who fainted. Once again CONGRATS TO EVERYONE!!!!!!!!!!!!! Posted by: Jose Barcena on December 13, 2005 So I've been reading the blogs religiously since a week or two before decisions were mailed off. I was in the MITES program this summer and yesterday I kept hearing about all these MITES kids getting in...so of course my mailman was over an hour late. But I was eventually blessed with The Tube (which I filled with candy and carried to school to celebrate with)! Congratulations to everyone who's been accepted and who soon will be...2010 is a really great number. :x Oh, and I'm from West Palm Beach, FL. I <3 MIT Admissions. Posted by: Kristin R on December 13, 2005 Today the Glorious Tube arrived to the small city of Burlington, Colorado, and I cannot be more excited!!! Congrats to all other admits! Posted by: Fernando on December 13, 2005 Do you think today was the last of the acceptance tubes? I live in southern Vermont and have yet to get anything. At this point I am pretty much guaranteeing a deferal/rejection. :-( Posted by: 0 on December 13, 2005 I'm yet another Minnesotan eagerly awaiting anything from MIT in the mail. Here's hoping that the snow has deferred my tube. At least, I hope it's a tube. Posted by: Ben Smith on December 13, 2005 it was a mistake for matt to post the dimensions of the d/r letter. that it was in an envelope. that it was in anything. that the acceptance letter was in anything. it just makes everyday picking up the mail, agony. why? oh god, no tube, regular letter? oh god no regular letter either! AGONY! Posted by: 0 on December 13, 2005 I was so happy when I got my tube today. I really can't think of any more words to express this. Thanks to all you admissions peoples who are so understanding with this process. Now if you'll excuse me, I'm off to celebrate my guts out. -Eric Posted by: Japanther on December 13, 2005 Matt, a friend of mine had her tube postmarked on December 8. Does that mean it was sent on the 8th or does that mean you have your own postage meter in the Admissions office and simply generated the postage on the 8th? Posted by: 0 on December 13, 2005 My mom actually brought the tube into school yesterday when I found out! I'm in Medford, NJ--MIT's been my dream school since the 7th grade, I'm so excited that I got in! I can't wait to meet you all in the fall, my sn's froggyface88 (yeah, its from 6th grade, no comment), please drop a line! Congratulations all!! Posted by: 0 on December 13, 2005 Nothing yet...still waiting. Duluth,ATL,GA Posted by: Charles on December 13, 2005 Yeah, some people in my school got the letter on Monday. It's weird that no one got anything, today. Posted by: Annonymous on December 13, 2005 got my tube in NY, NY yesterday!! apparently Manhattan & the Bronx got it but not Queens and Brooklyn yet.... anyways, I'm so happy!! GO 2010!! Posted by: Cristen Blair on December 13, 2005 Did anyone from Canada receive "the tube", I hope it isnt a regular letter, cuz even if i get deferred, chances of me getting in are slim Posted by: Chirag on December 13, 2005 I am from NY and i have yet to recieve anything - is it safe to say that my decision was lost in the mail or should i wait a little longer -goshen- word Posted by: Alek on December 13, 2005 For those of us who may have not been accepted despite our "outstanding credentials"......would someone please post a picture of these so called "tubes"? I haven't recieved anything yet and I would really like to know what the tubes look like. Props to MIT for being unique. Posted by: anon. on December 13, 2005 I got in!! yay! Posted by: Darren Yin on December 13, 2005 WOOOOOAH! Congratulations to all y'all who got in, and I can't wait to meet you! I got my tube and was kind of shaky and my parents had to open it. Thank you MIT admissions for being accessible and for making the acceptance package look so awesome! I was totally not expecting to get in, let alone to get a big package like that. THANK YOU and happy holidays! Posted by: Emily on December 13, 2005 You can see a picture of the tube on Colin's website: http://www.confuoco.org/ Posted by: Lindsay on December 13, 2005 Charles, I live in Alpharetta and haven't gotten anything yet either. What school do you go to? I go to Northview. Posted by: Jason Murray on December 13, 2005 Since Bryan Nance asked me to repost this, here's my (almost exactly copied-and-pasted) blog entry about me and my tube: I sat through school all day today dying to find out OMGWTF DID I GET INTO MIT?! So, after an impossibly long bus ride, I dashed home to check the mailbox. My parents are in NYC at the moment, and my stepdad keeps the mailbox key on his keyring, so I was - to put it nicely - screwed. I yanked at the box, hoping that it was unlocked, by some divine miracle. No such luck. I ran into my house and searched all the counters looking for a key that might quite possibly open the mailbox. Not a thing. I called my stepdad, who said, "Don't worry about it, just calm down, we'll be home tomorrow and it'll all be fine." And I'm like, "NO! You don't understand! I need MIT decision NOW NOW NOW or else I'll die!" He handed the phone over to my mom, because he didn't seem to know how to handle the situation. She wasn't much better - her words to me consisted of, "Don't panic, when we get home you can get into the mailbox and see what's going on. Hey, we're on 34th Street and we're about to go to Chinatown, so we'll see you tomorrow, okay? Love you, later, bye!" Click. She hung up on me. My mother hung up on me as I was frantic about whether or not I got into MIT. What's that all about?! I paced around the house, wondering what I could possibly do about the situation, and I saw only one way out: the crowbar. ...tell me, what kind of family doesn't own a crowbar?! Don't they understand that you can use it to break into things, like, you know, mailboxes?! So I was stuck. I was panicked and worried and stressed to the max, when I saw one microscopic shot at knowing my decision. I said to myself, Hey, self (no, I did not actually say that), what if I have a tube, and it's just too big to fit into the mailbox? Don't they usually leave those things right by the front door? What if I it's there, and I didn't notice it? I ran to my front door, wrenched it open, and there, behind the potted plant that obscures virtually everything around it... ...was a two-foot-long tube. I got into MIT! Holy crap. Do I feel absolutely awesome right now. I want to dance around for the rest of the day, I swear. I got accepted to MIT! Posted by: thekeri on December 13, 2005 Grr. The HTML in that entry didn't go through, but my name's a link to the post, if anyone's interested. Posted by: thekeri on December 13, 2005 Aw, I like you, Jason Murray! Let's be friends! Us and all 375 of everyone else! Posted by: Kristin R on December 13, 2005 After stalking my mailman as he drove up my street, I went inside and sat at my computer and half watched last night's episode of arrested development (I torrented it this morning), while constantly glacing out the window. Finally, the mailman pulls up. He puts some stuff in the mailbox, then I see him get back in his truck and put it in gear. I was almost like NOOOO...but then he didn't go foward...he backed up, into my driveway, and got out of his truck. I SPRINTED out the door and got the tube. So happy. See you all there next year. Posted by: Sandy on December 13, 2005 I can't wait to go to Boston omg. I wanna buy those sweatshirts that say MIT but with like....the equations. I'm not sure what they're called but its like E/c^2 for M, radical -1 for i, PV/NR for T...heheheh. Its so nerdy I love it. IM me hurlawirl27 if you're bored because I can assure you that I probably will be too. Posted by: 0 on December 13, 2005 Hey everyone, I live in Buffalo, NY and my friend and I still haven't gotten anything... it's really surprising to hear that people as far south as Miami have gotten it while we, 8 hours away from Boston, have not. Anyways, congrats to everyone who is already accepted and good luck to the people who havent gotten their letters yet! Posted by: Guli on December 13, 2005 could anyone post a photo of the "tube"? Posted by: 0 on December 13, 2005 For those of you waiting frantically for your decision, hoping every minute of your day to get a letter, and to get it NOW, don't worry and don't waste your time with dread. My life became much calmer when my dad reminded me of something earlier. Just like a larger package is dropped off in a different place, it also TAKES LONGER TO ARRIVE. Don't sweat it if it takes a while- all decisions have been sent. Relax and enjoy your life. Posted by: Chris on December 13, 2005 So here's my tube story: I was actually still at school. It was about 4:38 PM on Monday. I was with a friend of mine in a place we call the Swamp. It's actually the office of the chair of the science department, but most of the geeky kids like to hang out there. My friend had just found out on the phone from her brother, who was home, that she got into Wellesley ED. Then not 5 minutes later, I see my dad standing at the door. He said, "I was just driving through, and I noticed a warning light on my car, do you think you could put on your jacket and come look at it?" So I figured "Okay, weird, but why not." When I got outside the door, I saw that it wasn't my dad's car at all, it was my mom's car... and she was in it, too. So I immediately ran back inside and grabbed the two people who were there with me, including the girl who was already jumping with joy at getting into Wellesley. And then I went outside. When I get to the car, I saw the tube on the passenger seat. I grabbed it and yanked it open really fast. My friends all grabbed at it to help me get it open. And tada, I read the letter! Then there were two people jumping for joy That's my story. I took a bunch of photos and put them up on my website. The best are on my LiveJournal at http://www.livejournal.com/users/coolerq/64559.html . Has anyone made a community for '10ers yet? My AIM is iamtheqdawg and my other contact info is on my site. --Quentin Posted by: Quentin Smith on December 13, 2005 congrats to everyone....... i wish i knew what the decision was for me. i mean i will accept any decision i just wanna get my letter. its weird cause i live in bronx, ny and people really far already got it. oh well, everything happens for a reason hope my reason is good Posted by: Carly Cobbold on December 13, 2005 Are the tubes really 2 feet long? My decision has not arrived yet, but I am worried that if its a tube that my dog will eat it (or maybe he has already). The mailman will have to bring it to the door and then.... uh oh. Posted by: bryan on December 13, 2005 Kristin R. I guess you live around here (Atlanta) as well? Where do you go? Posted by: Jason Murray on December 13, 2005 Quentin, I opened up forums and a chat room dedicated to MIT today, but so far only 3 people have registered. Also, congratulations on your admission into MIT. The link for the forums is: http://www.admissiondiscussion.org/forums The link for the chatroom is: http://www.admissiondiscussion.org/chat.php Posted by: Lindsay on December 13, 2005 LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL. -tubin' in california Posted by: Jess on December 13, 2005 wow, yesterday was like the best day ever. it was like that song "walkin on sunshine"... yeah, it was great! Posted by: Sarah on December 13, 2005 OH, and anyone else get in from Maine??? Posted by: Sarah on December 13, 2005 So I got the tube today. I was waiting after school for my mom to pick me up to take me to dance class, and all of a sudden both my mom and my dad's cars pulled into the parking lot. Was something wrong? So my dad comes out and hands me this tube, and I can see where its from but I didn't know what it meant. So I opened it, and turned it upside down to get the poster out, and all this glittery confetti fell into the parking lot. I could tell what that meant. Yay!!!!!! Posted by: Deirdre LaBounty on December 13, 2005 So I got the tube today. I was waiting after school for my mom to pick me up to take me to dance class, and all of a sudden both my mom and my dad's cars pulled into the parking lot. Was something wrong? So my dad comes out and hands me this tube, and I can see where its from but I didn't know what it meant. So I opened it, and turned it upside down to get the poster out, and all this glittery confetti fell into the parking lot. I could tell what that meant. Yay!!!!!! Posted by: Deirdre LaBounty on December 13, 2005 Congrats to everyone that got accepted!! I've been smiling non-stop for the past two days And the tube...great idea! It makes it even more incredible. MIT C/O 2010- that has a nice ring to it! -Still Smiling in Miami Beach, Jasmin Posted by: Jasmin on December 13, 2005 Conrats to everyone that made it. Hopefully I'll soon get my tube(crossing my fingers) and finally know if I'll be in MIT's class of 2010. Posted by: Sam on December 13, 2005 Wow, those are some amazing stories of receiving the tube. Congratulations to everyone! Posted by: Teck Lee on December 13, 2005 Today was probably the longest school day of my life. Yesterday, my anxious waiting yielded nothing, so I was pretty tense all day long. When my friend dropped me off at the house, I saw no tube, and I could almost taste (yes, taste) the standard white envelope waiting for me. My friend was already turning around to leave the neighborhood when I opened up the door to reveal the cardboard tube waiting for me. When he saw me holding it, I thought he was about to hit a small child considering how he swerved into my driveway and started screaming... Kudos for the tube idea. Much more fun to play with than an envelope. Posted by: Matt on December 13, 2005 i like the year 2010..it's sooo..sooo..soo..round Posted by: April on December 13, 2005 Congratulations to everyone, but before you gloat/celebrate too hard, remember that there were more than seven crushingly small envelopes sent out for every tube that one of you got. Take some time to chew that one over. Posted by: Anonymous on December 13, 2005 Anon, you took the words right out of my mouth. =) I'd been meaning to mention that. For every applicant that's ecstatic at getting accepted... there's more than a few that got defer/reject letter. Think of how you would have felt if you got a small letter, and remember that over two thousand people are feeling like that right now, or will in the future. Posted by: Christine on December 14, 2005 Congrats to everyone who's already received their tubes, and to everyone who will be receiving them in the days to come. Feel free to drop me an email to introduce yourselves -- I look forward to meeting everyone at CPW in the spring (my email is at the top of my blog) Posted by: Anthony on December 14, 2005 Today, well, let's just say it's the first time I've danced in my hallway. Congrats to all! I'm so excited! Posted by: Curtis on December 14, 2005 MIT is truly wonderful in so many ways. I already posted my story of joy on Nance's blog but since this blog seems to be for admits, I'd like to introduce myself and hopefully get to speak with my future classmates =]. Elizabeth Kim. Queens, NY. Francis Lewis H.S. Korean-American. [aim sn: h0mielizz] Feel free to contact me, I'd love to chat! P.S. To those who gave negative comments ("take a second to chew that over"), why would you be so cruel and perhaps, jealous, to try and make us guilty for being happy? My heart does go out to those who may not have been accepted, which is unfortunately a large percentage, but that is no excuse to extend your pain to those who deserve to be extolled! Just remember, be a top student whereever you go, and your future is as bright as it would be if you went to MIT. Goodluck to all and congrats to the class of 2010!!! Posted by: Elizabeth Kim on December 14, 2005 Dude, I haven't gotten anything from MIT yet, so I'm not trying to 'rain on anyone's parade'; I'm too far away. I'm just saying... People need to give them a moment's thought. Because for every person jumping in joy and screaming and laughing and all that, there's someone who's shattered by a rejection letter. Yeah, it's a time to celebrate and whatever. But there are people I see going, "I'm so so so happy that I got into MIT! This is the best thing to ever happen to me! I would have been devastated if I hadn't gotten a tube," and none of them seem to remember that there really /are/ people who aren't going to be getting tubes. Which means the people who keep asking for someone who got rejected to post are kind of... rubbing it in. They really, really are. Most especially because I've seen at least one, maybe two posts saying that yes, they were rejected/deferred, and that envelops and tubes were arriving at roughly the same time. Posted by: Christine on December 14, 2005 Speaking without any mail, I disagree. Let those with tubes celebrate their achievement as boisterously as they please; those without ought simply to remember that even state universities &c. offer excellent programs and that studies show that those of Ivy-caliber, and by induction MIT-caliber, that attend state universities end up just as successful as those who do not. Posted by: 0 on December 14, 2005 Now, don't get me wrong. I was ecstatic when I received my tube on Monday. But I'm here reading about all these people biting their fingers off waiting for their tubes, and blood pressures going up a few million points, and so forth. I'm going to be perfectly honest here; I hope I don't come off sounding like a jerk: I didn't even know that MIT sent out acceptances in tubes. I barely worried from the day I sent in my EA application (which, btw, was at about 11:59:30 pm on the night before the deadline) until now. I haven't been reading the blogs every day; in fact, I didn't even think about commenting until tonight. It's not that I was uber-confident of getting in or anything. Quite to the contrary; whenever anyone at my school said, "Aw, I KNOW you'll definitely get in," I just smiled at their ignorance of the mind-blowing selectivity of MIT Admissions. I just didn't let it consume my existence. Perhaps I should have let it; who knows. I was ecstatic enough when I opened the tube, however =P Hell, I'm using way too many semicolons. Anyway, I'm from Xavier High School in New York City, and I live in Woodside, Queens. I've already noticed a couple of other accept-ees here from NYC, and even one who goes to St. Francis Prep out in Fresh Meadows (which my best friend basically lives next to). I'd love to hear from some of my future classmates, especially those from NYC and Queens in particular. Maybe we could take Amtrak up together in the fall =) Posted by: Larry on December 14, 2005 Check that: Francis Lewis, not St. Francis Prep. I always get those two mixed up =/ Posted by: Larry Velazquez on December 14, 2005 I have a question for people who have been admitted/people who know about people who have been admitted: What's the general ratio of people that got in who go to private school, public school, home school, or whatever other options may be out there. I'm asking because I am the only one that I know of at my school who applied EA out of a graduating class of 754(ish) (I go to public school), so I don't know if that's common or uncommon or...what. I haven't gotten a letter/tube/anything yet, but congrats to everyone who got tubes!! Posted by: Katie on December 14, 2005 Last year: 67% attended public high school 23% attended private or parochial schools 9% attended foreign high school 1% were home-schooled Posted by: 0 on December 14, 2005 Hi everyone! First off, congratulations on your acceptances. MIT is a fascinating place. I keep reading these blogs to find out what the future is bringing If anyone would like to chat with an MIT freshman, just IM me. My screen name is "D Dave255" I hope everyone decides to come! Posted by: Dave on December 14, 2005 Sorry Matt, donm't mean to doubnle post, but how come we didn't get tubes? I feel so left out! Posted by: Dave on December 14, 2005 Hey y'all. Congratulations to everyone who's been accepted. Unfortunately, sadly I wasn't accepted. YET! I applied RD and I'm going to die of anxiety. 3 months....three long months to go. Well, I hope to see you all next year. Congrats! Posted by: Edward on December 14, 2005 Sarah, i'm from maine, and nothing still... Posted by: Jen on December 14, 2005 If anything, the tubes would be traveling more slowly since they are sorted by hand and delivered when the trucks have enough room for them. It's the holiday season, people. There are thousands of packages being shipped, and unfortunately, tubes don't get any sort of priority over the rest of them. People who have them so far are simply lucky enough to have a fast USPS path from MIT. The rest of us can't assume anything about our decisions, since we haven't gotten anything in the mail yet! I guess the only way we could describe our state is as something analogous to Schroedinger's cat-thought experiment. We're admitted, deferred, and denied at the same time until we observe the system by receiving mail. =) Posted by: Sam K on December 14, 2005 Congratulations to all of you of the MIT class of 2*3*5*67! (here the ! represents excitement, not factorial, of course.) MIT, here I come! Posted by: 0 on December 14, 2005 Congratulations to everyone who Posted by: Felipe Jose Depine on December 14, 2005 what no one seems to mention in all of this is that there is a distinct possibility however slim that regardless of acceptance, the recipients may NOT enroll choosing to go elsewhere or do something otherwise. Posted by: 0 on December 14, 2005 Sarah, I'm a different Jennifer from central Maine, and I was accepted! Yay for moose, salt water, and pine trees! Congrats to everyone. Posted by: Jennifer on December 14, 2005 who would do that? Posted by: April on December 14, 2005 certainly no one on posting on these blogs.. Posted by: April on December 14, 2005 Only about 60% of students (according to a book that may be outdated) enroll at MIT. Of course, that number has probably increased, especially since MIT's financial aid has become much more generous over the past few years. Posted by: Alexandre on December 14, 2005 Shouldn't myMIT be down right now? Posted by: Alexandre on December 14, 2005 APRIL: re: not choosing to enroll. I've been browsing this blog from the sidelines. I got in. I don't care to jump up and down and shout to the world (or those of you who think you are the world). I may accept. I may not. I have other opportunities on my plate. All I was saying is that MIT is not the ONLY place to be. There are many other just as wonderful places to be and things to do. Also, I may just request deferral and do other things FIRST, and STILL go to MIT thereafter. But hey, far be it from me to deny you all your 'SNOOPY' dancing! Posted by: 0 on December 14, 2005 nothing in NJ today Posted by: April on December 14, 2005 I live in Orlando, FL and have recieved nothing. Are the tubes larger than your average mailbox? Holiday mail.....bah-humbug! Posted by: James on December 14, 2005 Has MyMit changed for anybody yet? Posted by: anon. on December 14, 2005 So I figured out the reason for the tubes... It's so when you get accepted you have a flat piece of paper that can be framed and shown-off in wrinkle free status. Posted by: anon. on December 14, 2005 TUBES!?! WHOA!! I wish we got tubes! man that's awesome! congratulations '10's muahahaha but beware! turn back while you can! neh MIT is great, today is the last day of class and i;m sitting here during physics class reading Matt's blog lol Posted by: 09 on December 14, 2005 It would be interesting to learn everyone's story...like how they lived the past 17/18 years of their life to get to this moment.... Posted by: YeSeul on December 14, 2005 Thanks everyone at MIT!!! This is the best thing that happened in my life! I can go to Massachusetts to vote for Ted Kennedy! -------------------------------- | EDWARD M. KENNEDY===='06 | | for MASSACHUSETTS SENATE | -------------------------------- Sorry conservatives, but hey, we're all gonna have fun at MIT! It all about MIT. Posted by: Mr. Liberal on December 14, 2005 Dear Matt, I believe I speak for a majority of applicants when I say that I would have happily paid the extra couple of dollars to have my decision mailed via UPS or FED-Ex. You can't put a price on knowing where you'll be for the next 4 years. p.s. who came up with this whole idea to mail decisions during the holidays. The holidays are stressful enough. P.s.s. Dear Mr. Liberal, I highly reccomend this thing called independent thinking. It's where you make decisions on an individual basis without the interference of a political party or specific ideology. Posted by: James on December 14, 2005 It's Thursday and there's no MIT tube or envelope in the mail again today. I live in northern Rhode Island! ahhh I'm getting restless. People from Dallas and Miami have already gotten mail! At least I have enough to keep me busy. Anyway, I just had to share my frustration at the USPS. Back to the physics problem set. We are on momentum and collisions. I wish my envelope/tube had some momentum right now. Posted by: justine on December 14, 2005 wow its defintely wednesday, not thursday. o man. Posted by: justine on December 14, 2005 did anyone see theire changes at myMIT yet? Posted by: 0 on December 14, 2005 Why's it taking so long to get responses to Richmond? It's not that far away, and Nebraska has theirs... ditto for the FedEx suggestion, too. Ted Kennedy? He's not dead yet? Posted by: John on December 14, 2005 Hey Northern Rhode Island, this is Southern Rhode Island and I hear ya...except it's Wednesday and my mail doesn't come 'til 6 pm! Posted by: Grace on December 14, 2005 I just hope I can join you in Massachusetts, Mr. Liberal :-D Posted by: Zach on December 14, 2005 I live in Fredericksburg, VA. Nothing yet. I haven't heard anyone from VA say they've gotten in or gotten a deferral/rejection. I'm hoping that's good news. Posted by: Gabby on December 14, 2005 I live in San Mateo, California. Has anybody in the nearby area got any mail from MIT??? I haven't received any mail yet. Posted by: 0 on December 14, 2005 I live <10 miles from Cambridge and I haven't gotten anything yet. I could have walked down Storrow and picked it up myself in this time without even getting frostbite from the snow/cold weather. And yet people in Nebraska/FL get their tubes. Gah. Posted by: 0 on December 14, 2005 know what? this is great. truly. because all the while i am stressing about not getting ANYTHING, many others are also stressing about not getting ANYTHING! it's nice to be part of the not getting ANYTHING community! yay for us! Posted by: 0 on December 14, 2005 Hello all, I couldn't believe it when I got my tube! I was at school going to my last hour class when I was called into the office. As I was walking down the hall I saw my parents. When I saw them at school I thought something really bad had happened. It looked as if they had been crying. Then they had my coach hand me the tube. By now, I was confused. I wanted to scream when I saw the confetti! Everyone at school has been congratulating me at school. I guess it is hard for people to believe that a small town farm girl from Idaho can get accepted to MIT. By the way, my name is Jacklyn and I Posted by: Jacklyn on December 14, 2005 Ok I have to say that the tube is amazing...but beyond that the SPARKLES rock my world. I had never heard that acceptance were mailed in tubes so I show up at my house (MD) and theres this tube. I open it and sparkles come out. As far as I know im the only person around the DC area who has gotten ANYTHING yet though, why is it taking so long? Posted by: Eva on December 14, 2005 Any chance of a place for parents of accepted students to chat - I'm still about 3 feet off the ground - yes, my kid is amazing but so are so many..I'm full of questions while he seems to be so relaxed..I keep telling myself this is his journey and MIT is his now if he decides its what he wants (he's also gotten in to Caltech) and I want him to sit back and really think long and hard about the choice he will make and not just leap. and I just want to reiterate what so many have said for those still waiting for a response: you will get in to the right school for you..I think about my son's experience with private high schools - he didn't get into his first or second choice but indeed the school he did get into was the right school for him. I know he has entered into the college application process with that knowledge and it has helped him to just be relaxed and enjoy the journey. Posted by: Jillian on December 14, 2005 Eva, when did you get your tube? I live in MD, too, and am trying to get an idea of when the last of the acceptance tubes were received, or whether there's still hope for those of us who havent gotten anything. Posted by: Li on December 14, 2005 Eva, when did you get your tube? I live in MD, too, and am trying to get an idea of when the last of the acceptance tubes were received, or whether there's still hope for those of us who havent gotten anything. Posted by: Li on December 14, 2005 I actually perfer USPS to UPS. For cross country shipments, UPS ground actually is BY GROUND, and ends up taking a week. USPS does it in 3/4 days. Posted by: Sandy on December 14, 2005 YESS SIR! THE TIME HAS COME...THE WAITING IS OVER! MIT ROCKS MY SOCKS! bEST LUCK TO THOSE deferred, you still have hope! Posted by: Julia YOO on December 14, 2005 Gabby, Im in Santa Monica, CA; still haven't heard. Although a friend of mine, who lives here, just got her tube. Acceptances before deferrals? Posted by: Hermes on December 14, 2005 Hey! I got my tube yesterday and congrats to all those who did too! Posted by: Amy Leung on December 14, 2005 Yes, it's pretty much acceptance before deferral Posted by: applicant on December 14, 2005 Yupeeeeeeee!! I got into MIT. Congrats to everyone. Did anyone from Bronx, NY got accepted? Posted by: Jose Barcena on December 14, 2005 Congratulations to everyone who's been accepted! I'm looking forward to getting to know you. Posted by: Shen Huang on December 14, 2005 Who wants to be my roommate? Posted by: P$ on December 14, 2005 Wow. After noting the average intelligence here, I am suddenly more confident that I will be recieving a "tube" imminently. Posted by: Arrogant d00d on December 14, 2005 Anyone from Brooklyn, NY got accepted? Posted by: Sam on December 14, 2005 sam, i'm from canarsie and i got accepted! 102 and ave j! whoo! Posted by: 0 on December 14, 2005 Nope. I'm from Compton. I agree wit Arrogant d00d tho. you all n00bz. Posted by: Gangsta G on December 14, 2005 Hey anonymous with post number 3..... You have a babysitter? Awww, isn't that cute! But seriously, grow up, no 17-18 year old should have a babysitter driving him/her around. Posted by: nobody on December 14, 2005 Congrats everyone Has anyone from southwestern PA (pittsburgh area) heard yet? Posted by: Raksha on December 14, 2005 Anyone from the Chicagoland area get a decision yet? Posted by: Samster on December 14, 2005 Congrats, guess that means I'm gonna either get defered or rejected. I'm warning you guys at MIT Admissions, I'm gonna send you guys sop much stuff that you're gonna have to get a separte room to house it all. I'll send in so much stuff MIT'll be forced to accept me. P.S. I want my tube!!! Posted by: Sam on December 14, 2005 Jennifer, I'm from central Maine also! Yay, another Mainer. Posted by: Sarah K. on December 14, 2005 Congrats everybody! Bronx, NY, anyone else? Posted by: TJ on December 14, 2005 HAHHAAHAHAHAHAHAHA, I just noticed the babysitter entry. HAHAAHHH. WOW!!! MIT accepted someone who STILL has a babysitter. oh boy, i've never heard of someone over the age of 14 having a babysitter before. Just goes to show that those who look good on paper may not be the same in person. oh man, this made my day. Posted by: Anon on December 14, 2005 yea i was wondering about the guy with the babysitter...but maybe he's a kid genius. Posted by: hmm on December 14, 2005 Guys, can you please stop picking on one another? Everyone would appreciate it if you just acted like college applicants, not high school freshman. I don't mean to imply anything of course, but some maturity would be nice. And congrats to everyone who got in! All of you who didn't, though, I'm sure you're still amazing. You have to be to have the gut to apply to MIT. Posted by: Shannon on December 14, 2005 the guy with the babysitter could be like rain man... i respect that Posted by: Anonymous on December 14, 2005 Hey guys..I'm from Philly (rather outside) I go to a small school called Baldwin in Bryn Mawr(I think Raksha asked, yes I know Renee). I Heard on Monday..anyone else from my area? or Pa? Otherwise I'd really like to talk to whoever else got in and feels like it...I posted my IM on this blog earlier...(Posted by: Jenn on December 13, 2005 03:17 PM) Talk to you soon -Jenn Posted by: Jenn T on December 14, 2005 I want a babysitter. Posted by: saywhaat on December 14, 2005 More people join this chat!!! it was created by Lindsay.. http://www.admissiondiscussion.org/chat.php Posted by: Jenn T on December 14, 2005 Wow, THAT was amazing. Since December 1st, I was waiting for something (if not ANYTHING) to arrive in my mail box. Of course, it's Christmas so there are so many packages. Anything that was visable in my mailbox from the street as I was pulling into the driveway made my heart skip a beat. By this week, I was so skeptical that MIT would even send me anything I figured the tube was just a huge sign that said, "so sorry, get lost." I waited for at least a full five minutes before I even opened it. Staring, I wondered if I should wait for my family to get home or just tear into it. I love pessimists. When I had dumped out the confetti, I fell apart and even had trouble getting the papers out. I was on the phone with my uncle and just burst into tears. This made my week, if not my month. It was perfect timing too since I have to go to court tomorrow for a fender bender I was in. It balances things out. When I called my friend, I was in tears as intense as when I had gotten into the accident, she thought I had gotten into another. Anyways, my name is Brooke. I am from Chicagoland in the northwest suburbs. I moved here about four years ago from California and lived in GA before that. I am looking forward to making another move to Cambridge. Cheers to you who got the tube. Cheers to those who were deferred (uncross your fingers because they are bound to get stuck if you keep them that way for three months). Mostly cheers for regular applications: you will be astounded at what emotion this day can evoke. Posted by: Brooke on December 14, 2005 Brooke, what part of Illinois and Georgia are you from? I grew up in both parts. I lived in Naperville for 5 years and Alpharetta for 8. Posted by: Lindsay on December 14, 2005 Congrats, Brooke. I live in Downers Grove, probably not more than 20 miles from you. Looks like a deferral for me... Posted by: 0 on December 14, 2005 Oh and by the way Brooke, I got in a car accident in September and had to appear in court. It really wasn't nearly as bad as I thought it would be, so I'm sure you'll be ok. Congratulations on your tube! Posted by: Lindsay on December 14, 2005 So, umm...has anyone in WA got anything yet? Posted by: Jeena on December 14, 2005 I live in Palatine (1 year) right now but go to Schaumburg High School. As far as GA is concerned, I was born and raised a bit down in Chattahoochee county (3 years). I think it was near Ft Benning actually. California for 11 years and then to Illinois (4 seperate houses in 4 seperate towns in 4 years. FOUR is apparently a magic number). It's been hectic, but i am glad that now for four years, I will be able to settle and find myself. That's what you do at MIT, right? Right? Oh, MIT, you're such a jewel. Car crash:Brooke::deferral:you (in any case, not so bad because it will work out) Posted by: Brooke on December 14, 2005 I have a rather hilarious story, and it makes me feel so stupid to see this. Ok, before reading this, you should know that I have an insatiable curiousity for everything, so what I did this once was completely out of the norm. I woke up at about 5:30 to get ready for school and everything. I came out to get my breakfast made and I saw a box and a tube on the kitchen table. I thought it was something my mom was sending out for ebay. I DIDN'T EVEN GIVE IT A SECOND GLANCE! So it turned out that I got to school, and at about third period, I got called down to the office. My mom was standing in there with the tube in her hand, and all I could think was "No way..." Sure enough, I went in, opened the tube, and I turned it upside down to get the paper out, and a bunch of confetti fell out. Of course, I fell to my knees as I read the acceptance letter. I was shocked, and I think I am still in shock. Thanks to this, my Vice Principal owes me a steak and lobster dinner (us Mainer's love lobster). My principal informed me that I am the first person in Hermon High (my high school) history to get accepted to MIT. So of course I was a little overwhelmed. I CAN'T WAIT TO SEE YOU ALL NEXT YEAR! In fact, I am looking for one of each people who plan on majoring in the following areas: -Cognitive Sciences -Mechanical Engineering -Electrical Engineering If anyone is considering these majors, give me a holler @ AdamKC206@aol.com Thanks! Posted by: Adam on December 14, 2005 Raksha - I'm from the Pittsburgh area and haven't heard anything either. Looks like deferrals for us... Good luck AG Posted by: Alexandre on December 14, 2005 I'm Colin, and I'm in northeastern Pennsylvania. I go to a public school and I hate it. I've always dreamt of going to a great school (namely MIT, at least for the last several years), and the tube I got on Monday is my ticket out of here. I am still riding a wave of euphoria. I am a music fanatic. I play classical piano (13 years) and I am addicted to the music of Chopin, Rachmaninoff, Beethoven, Liszt, and Schubert, among (many, many) others. However, I am not a classical music snob; I also listen to a lot of modern bands. My favorite is Radiohead, hands down, and I love Poe, the Shins, the Postal Service, Sufjan Stevens, the Arcade Fire, Air, Coldplay, Fiona Apple, Ted Leo . . . plus the usual classic rock favorites: the Beatles, the Doors, the Kinks, the Ramones, Styx (yes, I know), Queen (yes, I KNOW), the Velvet Underground (& Nico, of course), the Who, David Bowie. This is only a partial list because I'm kind of creepy. I read every chance I get, which is less than I would like, but among my favorite books are 1984, Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrel, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, The Fountainhead (yes, I know it's pretentious but it's so GOOD), Catcher in the Rye, Catch-22, the Kite Runner, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, To Kill a Mockingbird, and scores of others. I do math in my head for fun when I'm bored, and I drum my fingers on school desks in the patterns of a Chopin Etude or Beethoven Concerto, and when I don't get enough sleep I feel like crying. I'm 18 (10/27/1987). I don't smoke or drink (one might say that I am StRaIgHt-EdGe, and then I would kill one for using sticky caps). I love cranberry juice mixed with Sprite, and chocolate ice cream owns a decent-sized portion of my soul. I'm agnostic leaning towards atheism, but I love Christmas and I know all the songs by heart. Oh, and my favorite color is blue. (Too much information, I'm sure, but I love "introduce yourself!" topics. The idea of making a fresh start at MIT is so wildly exciting that I can hardly contain myself.) Posted by: Colin on December 14, 2005 Thanks for the life story Colin. I found it fascinating. Posted by: Anon on December 14, 2005 Oh Colin. Thou art a jewel. Posted by: Brooke on December 14, 2005 Oh, and my tube story: I had just finished a lab in AP Chem this Monday when my cell phone rang. Normally I wouldn't answer in school, but it was my friend Maria calling, and I had made her promise to let me know as soon as she heard from MIT. I answered (my Chem teacher is a cool guy and never cares about cell phones or anything of that sort) and Maria informed me, trying to keep calm, that she had been accepted and that the rumors about tubes were true. My heart pounded and I could hardly breathe, and nausea threatened to make a spectacle of me, but I tried to steady my nerves. This worked for approximately three seconds, when I called my mother and told her to call the school and inform them I had a doctor's appointment. (It wasn't a complete lie, because I'm quite sure I would've fallen violently ill had I stayed in school that day.) Within a few minutes I had an early dismissal pass. My friends wished me luck and I walked stoicly (read: shaking like a baby) to the student parking lot. I had an inordinate amount of trouble inserting the key into my car's ignition, but I managed to do it somehow. I drove, listening to Sufjan Stevens's "John Wayne Gacy, Jr.," over and over, which was stupid because it's depressing as hell, and made it to my post office. I went inside, pale and sweating, and unlocked the box. There was a stack of letters, and I prayed there wouldn't be one from MIT (because I knew the deferrals and rejections came in envelopes). Catalogs, bills for my parents, a few college mailings for me, but no MIT letter. There was, however, a yellow slip, indicating that there was something too large to fit inside my post office box. I ran with bated breath to the lobby, showed the clerk my slip, and told him my box number. There was a series of shelves with packages to be picked up, and I noticed on the bottom shelf that there was a tube-like object. My heart, I think, stopped beating momentarily. The man started at the top shelf (of course). He looked at each package, turned it over, scrutinized it, and then murmured ". . . Nope . . . " My fingernails dug into my hands nearly hard enough to draw blood as he got to the last shelf. He looked at the tube, turned away -- my heart sank -- then looked at it a little more -- I nearly jumped over the counter -- and then picked it up and carried it over to me. I must have seemed as though I had a mental disorder, because as he walked towards me I put my hand over my mouth, gasped, and took a step back. I regained my composure long enough to grab the tube from him, saw that it was from MIT and yes, it was addressed to me, and ran out of the post office gleefully, ignoring the perplexed stares I received from strangers. I called everybody I knew. When I got home I hugged my mother so tightly that she was short of breath, and I opened the tube and dumped out the confetti; we examined each letter and poster and item and rejoiced until our throats were raw. Now all that's left is the waiting -- but instead of uncertainty, I can take comfort in knowing that once I make it through the next few months, I will end up in the place I have wanted to be for so long. MIT, here I come. Posted by: Colin on December 14, 2005 Yeah. Tubes, etc. are trickling in around the Detroit suburbs. Friend of mine got in, but still no response for me or another friend of mine. USPS is funny 'round these parts. Posted by: tedwick on December 14, 2005 Anon, your sarcasm has been noted and duly appreciated. Lighten up; this is the only time I've been truly excited about ANYTHING. If I bore you, don't read my comments. Posted by: Colin on December 14, 2005 Anyone of u acceptes live in the Northwest? Posted by: Aki on December 14, 2005 The recent winter storm which dumped about 4-6 inches of snow here in Minnesota didn't help the mail come any faster. No tube yet. No letter yet. Tomorrow, I suppose. Posted by: Ben S. on December 15, 2005 All your posts make me wish I'd applied early...Congratulations to all of you!! Now, if only I could fast forward a couple months... Posted by: Yvette B. on December 15, 2005 Yesterday was the best day ever! I go home during my Prep period and lunch break to chill, relax, and enjoy live outside of school. I went outside to get something out of my suped up and modded 97 Probe GT (looks like http://www.rr-racing.com/RR-Racing-CAR.JPG, but in orange with orange LED lights under the car--Yea, I put a few grand into it)... anyway, i saw the postman walking on the other side of the road... and I'm like 'SH*T, the MIT acceptance/deferred letters were sent out yesterday.' So like a good school boy, I sit quietly on the front step of my house and wait until the postman arrives. He comes towards the house, handing me the mail (weekly newspaper, junkmail, long-distance relationship letter, and a few bills). Alright, so I'm a little downhearted right now, but then he reaches back to his bag and pulls out two 'Tubes'; one for me and one for my brother--We're twins and both applied Early Action. My reaction? 'D*mn right!' and that was the end of it. Unlike many people above, I didn't jump around or hug the postman--I have Never seen the guy before... would YOU hug a total stranger?--and instead I just said, 'Yeah, I did the impossible.' Now, you're wondering--Well, what did you do with the second tube? To answer, nothing... it never existed. I told my brother that the postman only brought one tube... for Me, and Me only. Now, yes, I'm that shallow a person. Wouldn't YOU do the same thing? However, at least now I have a gift for my brother this Christmas. Yea, the suspense will kill him, but I rather see him kill me later... it's worth it. Our parents now love me more than my older brother, since I got into MIT, and my sad 20 second older brother didn't. Now you all know my little story. Am I really an Evil Twin? Posted by: Evil Twin on December 15, 2005 I got accepted! and I love my tube! Posted by: cmiles on December 15, 2005 Jillian, the mom who posted at 6:14pm: drop me a line, let's chat. I've got a first-year and I'd love to share thoughts and offer answers for your questions from my experience, if I can! We can set up our own AIM chat, if you'd like. PS: Evil Twin, that is truly evil. Expect to be pummelled unmercilessly when you hand over the tube. You'd deserve it, you know.... Posted by: leftcoast mom on December 15, 2005 Yehh... I feel you Colin (he's up a little ways, so if you are wondering where this is coming from, just scroll up the page) This tube is my ticket out of here. MIT has an undergraduate population that is twice the size of my hometown. Everybody knows everyone else here. I can't wait to settle in Cambridge in see what living is really like. Posted by: Adam on December 15, 2005 Your post made me smile Evil Twin. I would have have done the same thing! LOL Posted by: 0 on December 15, 2005 wow, what a mess this has all turned out to be, eh? you should all read Ben Jones' blog to find out exactly what happened with all these mailings and delays. it'll give you a way better picture of what's going on. not only that but he posted a phone number 16172534791 that you can call TODAY THURSDAY DECEMBER 15 2005 starting at 9am so you can ask about your admissions status!! all this aggravation, and all it took was a 30-60 second phonecall to find out the definite answer. all of this could have been avoided if they had just done this in the first place, and then worried about the hardcopy snailmail after the fact. alot of stress, alot of wasted time and energy. Posted by: 0 on December 15, 2005 Has anyone gotten accepted over the phone or is my guess correct that all the accepted people know already? Posted by: Dobby on December 15, 2005 i've only head of deferrals over the phone :( Posted by: April (still waiting) on December 15, 2005 "(and, later this week, look for new stuff on your MyMIT portal)." i'm assuming that since it's 'later this week" and nothing new has been added to my MyMIT i'm not in? darn Posted by: April (still waiting) on December 15, 2005 Hey guys, what Anthony said: congrats to all the aceptees and be sure to send an email introducing yourself. MIT students are friendly- promise! Posted by: Laura on December 15, 2005 April (still waiting!), don't jump to conclusions just yet; "later this week" still hasn't happened yet. Posted by: leftcoast mom fan on December 15, 2005 thanks, leftcoast mom fan, i'll find out today..and if i'm deferred WOOT! i get another chance..if not...life goes on.. Posted by: April (still waiting) on December 15, 2005 This is about the babysitter comments. I have no idea what the situation is, but it could be a number of things. If the parents both work and (1) the student doesn't drive and needs someone to drive him or her places after school, (2) the babysitter could be a nanny or housekeeper who cooks, cleans, runs the household, etc., or (3) the student has younger siblings who need a babysitter. The use of the word babysitter may have just been an unfortunate choice. Just my two cents. Posted by: Mom08 on December 15, 2005 I'm in!!!!!!!! ppl from the class of 2010 my aim sn is jibarotimbalero Posted by: manuel on December 15, 2005 lucky you! Posted by: April (no longer waiting but deferred) on December 15, 2005 congrats! Posted by: April (no longer waiting but deferred) on December 15, 2005 Hey everyone! I posted earlier (on Tuesday) saying I got in, but didn't include any personal info... I live in Northern VA, go to Lake Braddock, I'm a target shooter (and hope to continue at the NCAA level if I decide to go to MIT) and a knitter, and I love math, though I'm no super genius. Anyone else who shares any of these interests/locations, let me know at email@example.com or check out www.myspace.com/keepontruckin410 -Emily p.s. Other people at my school haven't found out yet, so to those in Fredericksburg and Richmond, keep heart. I think the mail is just a little erratic. Posted by: Emily on December 15, 2005 I still have gotten no word. Mial came already today... Guess I'll be skipping third period to call the admissions office tomorrow. Posted by: Ben on December 15, 2005 yeah, called in for a deferral. I really shoulda talked to the person on the other end of the line, but i just said "thank you" and hung up... I think I should call back.. Posted by: DJ on December 15, 2005 ^ Ben; u know u can call today..right? Posted by: 0 on December 15, 2005 Congrats to everyone that got in =) I'm from Jersey and I got my tube on Monday!!!! I was soooooo excited. Good luck to all RA candidates. MIT Class of 2010!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Posted by: Asha on December 15, 2005 Do anybody in Hawaii get their tube? Posted by: raindrop on December 15, 2005 Another day of nothing here in Central MN. I have decided to wait until tomorrow before calling. Posted by: Ben S. on December 15, 2005 Did anyone from CT get accepted? Just curious... all the CT people I've heard from got deferred (including me) Posted by: Kate on December 15, 2005 Getting the shaft has never felt so good! If you wanna chat, IM me at vijman2k . Cant wait to meet you guys next year! Posted by: Vijay on December 15, 2005 '10!!! Best of luck to those deferred or still waiting on news! (though you can call in now) Posted by: Luke on December 15, 2005 thanks april... im sure u'll get in RD. dunno why though lol Posted by: manuel on December 15, 2005 I'm so nervous! Neither tube nor letter has come yet, and I live in St. Louis County, Missouri. Augh, this is so frustrating. I'm definitely calling them tomorrow... argh. I wanna know so badly. Congratulations to those that have gotten accepted! I really hope that I'm also accepted with you guys. I've been reading these blogs for a while now. Posted by: Steve Wolf on December 15, 2005 I once believed that MIT was a school for people who were going to change the world. Now I know that MIT is like any other school, a school based on Affirmative Action, scores, and cross-admit rates. I once had a dream, now that dream is lost from me. Posted by: 0 on December 15, 2005 sorry Li, my tube came on monday. It looks like most of the letters for the DC area came in today though... And I'd like to say as a white female, that if they were basing it on affermative action, how the crud did I get in? or test scores? They base it on what they glean of your personality, and how you would get along with others. ranting, either good or bad, is probably not what they are looking for, sorry anonymous. anyone going to preview weekend? Posted by: Eva on December 15, 2005 I got home from school, and the mailman pulled up...with a tube in hand. So happy right now...yay '10!! I wish the best of luck to those deferred or applying RD. No matter what, you are ALL incredible people. Posted by: Biyeun on December 15, 2005 We are 1337. Posted by: 0 on December 15, 2005 ehh, I got deferred. but it's all good, I get another chance!! it's not over yet! Posted by: Kristyn M. on December 15, 2005 Yipeeeeeeeeeee! I just started breathing about 5 minutes ago. Good luck to everyone waiting or deferred. Congrats to those in! Posted by: Allyson Randolph on December 15, 2005 Information about MIT admissions for high school seniors I Posted by: MIT Alum on December 15, 2005 This is from another white female to back up Eva's comment. I think it's appalling to say you weren't admitted because of affirmative action or whatever. I feel some people should show a little more grace. It's a shame that you didn't get in, but it isn't the fault of MIT, or minorities, or anything besides the fact that the admissions office didn't feel you were as good a fit as those they accepted. End of story. Reacting with such base immaturity goes to show that the admissions office was probably correct in their decision. I for one truly believe MIT is a meritocracy and one of the few places of higher education wholly committed to that philosophy. I applied because I believed it and I'll be there in the fall for the same reason. Posted by: Jenn on December 15, 2005 Colin- I'm from outside philadelphia, you're the only other Pa person I've heard so far getting in. Where exactly do you live!? Posted by: Jenn on December 15, 2005 My tube has successfully traveled from point A (Boston) to point B (California) as of 12/15. The tube is 134.3 inches^3 of pure ecstasy and wonder. The admissions gods do exist in all their splendor. Congrads to all other... x mas has come early! Posted by: Emily on December 16, 2005 Accepted, but I don't have a tube yet...hmph. The news made my feet tingle almost beyond toleration as I was driving. Since I already know, though, should I save the tube opening for a party?...serious question. Posted by: Joel on December 16, 2005 O yea...almost forgot...Small town about an hour outside of Atlanta, GA where no one has ever been accepted to MIT. Posted by: Joel on December 16, 2005 Joel - Have a real party. And about the whole discussion on admissions criteria. I think we all need to see how arbitrary it is from our perspective and how tough it is from theirs. I mean sure the quick way to say it is that they're looking for a "match" for their school, and I have no idea what that is, but the truth of the matter is that they're faced with some of the hardest decisions you can make. I for one was perplexed at how they could possibly handle the pressures of it, so i read this book called The Gatekeepers. Its a story of one admissions season from the perspective of an admissions officer at Wesleyan. Sure, its in a different category from tech school, but if you generalize a lot of the messages in the book to what we're going through, you'll probably see that we have a lot less control than we think we do. Accepting that will make it go a lot easier. And then theres the week of decisions where youre so nervous you're about to puke. Posted by: Vijay on December 16, 2005 Wow! How do you describe the feeling that a little tube can bring you? Fitting for this time of year because "Santa"(the admissions office) has given us the best present of all, and I cannot stop smiling. I'm still breathless, but glad to be part of the group. If any of you want to write me go ahead. Arron, from Big Bear Lake, CA Posted by: Arron Acosta on December 16, 2005 Hey! I'm from Wisconsin and I got my tube on Wednesday! I came home at lunch to check the mail! The tube was definitely the best half-birthday present ever! Anyone else from WI get in? Posted by: Mary on December 16, 2005 Hey Arron from Big Bear Lake, Ca! Special Congrads to you and yes Santa does exist. I'm from L.A. and look forward to meeting you. Specifically, I live in Palos Verdes Estates and go to Palos Verdes High School. Nice to meet you, Emily I'm just as breathless and spastic. Posted by: Emily on December 16, 2005 ANYONE HERE GET IN FROM MAINE!?!?! I haven't met anyone yet from Maine besides myself to get in here. Are there any in this class? Also, anyone who is interested can email me at AdamKC206@aol.com I am really interested in learning more about some of my future classmates. Maybe we can hook up with roomates and hit the apartment lottery early. Posted by: Adam on December 16, 2005 thanks manuel! we'll see..if not and im waitlisted..im gonna follow the alums advice..i hope i don't get arrested for harassing Posted by: April (no longer waiting but deferred) on December 16, 2005 I must say, all of this tube stuff with glitter and what not seems a lot like the search for the golden tickets from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory... Nonetheless, Congrats to all! I, however, continue my search for one "golden ticket" as I have been deferred. Hope to join you all in the spring! Posted by: Chris on December 16, 2005 I still haven't gotten my tube! But that's ok - I called in to a cheery lady (no doubt weary of doling out deferrals and denies). Even though my mom confirmed, I still can't quite believe it - when does the MyMIT portal change? Posted by: Daniel Suo on December 16, 2005 Adam 7:26 AM, I'm also from Maine. You aren't the only one. I frankly was starting to think the same thing myself. I'm from central Maine, best part of the state really, and have a SNOW DAY TODAY. Woot woot for amazing Maine weather! yay for MIT class of 2010! Posted by: Sarah K. on December 16, 2005 Jenn -- I'm from the Hazleton area. And another girl named Maria from my school was accepted, so there's one more PA person! As for the affirmative action issue, I'm a suburban, white, middle-class male. So AA didn't help me, and I'm sure that everyone who got in was accepted by their own merits. Posted by: Colin on December 16, 2005 HI! Congrats to everyone who got in and my sympathies to those who didn't. I can't imagine what it is like to be deffered or rejected. As I am applying next year, I'll probably be going through hell then. Anyhow. Cheers! Posted by: Sarab on December 16, 2005 Hi, anyone from Georgia? (atlanta) I keep thinking they must have made a mistake admitting me into MIT...but they did! If anyone has a livejournal, I started a community for the mit class of 2010. See you next year! Posted by: Amy on December 16, 2005 Hi, anyone from Georgia? (atlanta) I keep thinking they must have made a mistake admitting me into MIT...but they did! If anyone has a livejournal, I started a community for the mit class of 2010. See you next year! Posted by: Amy on December 16, 2005 I'M IN!!! I got my Tube yesterday, so for all those applicants in St. Louis(ie. Steve above), your decision is coming if it hasn't already arrived yet. Congrats to all who are accepted, best of luck to all have not found out, and Class of 2010 ALL THE WAY!!! Can't wait to meet all of you! Posted by: PHDS on December 16, 2005 TO ANONYMOUS WHO POSTED THIS: "I once believed that MIT was a school for people who were going to change the world. Now I know that MIT is like any other school, a school based on Affirmative Action, scores, and cross-admit rates. I once had a dream, now that dream is lost from me." That's messed up kiddo. I hate it when some kids can't accept the fact that they just weren't qualified enough that they have to blame race...etc. as a factor of not getting in. Everyone at MIT is amazing regardless of color. Don't be bitter and be a good sport. With that attitude, you won't far in life. Remember: "FAILURE IS NOT BEING REJECTED. FAILURE IS FAILING TO STAND BACK UP." -(I stole that quote from someone.) ANYWAY, CONGRATTTS TO EVERYONE! Posted by: Minnesota on December 16, 2005 ***!!!YaY!!!***-->(these are starts that were stuck to the bottom of my tube, lol) Hey guys my name is Julia and I am from Minnesota. Well, quick intro: I've been posting here and there on this blog, which is pretty sweet. I was a MITES student this summer at MIT, so if you are currently a junior, APPLY TO MITES because it WILL change your life, and I am not exaggerating. (shout out to Yeseul and Kristin and everyone else from MITES) Things I cherish and love the most: Family, friends including the MIT adcomm of course ^^, piano, Amnesty international, reaching out to my community through amazing things like Habitat for Humanity and Salvation Army, and I love passionate and genuine people who take risks, lead the crowd, and go out of their way in order to help the less fortunate. It's comforting to know that there are great, caring people out there with big hearts! I strive to be an optimist and I love meeting new people, going new places, and blazing new paths that have not yet been taken. I hope everyone has a great holiday, and don't forget to be thankful for all of your blessings! I highly encourage all of you to do something extra special for the less fortunate this Christmas because service to the community is a life long committment Although I know that most of you are very very active in your community, I just wanted to post a little reminder. Feel free to AIM me at julbabee88 Posted by: Julia on December 16, 2005 TO ANONYMOUS WHO POSTED THIS: "I once believed that MIT was a school for people who were going to change the world. Now I know that MIT is like any other school, a school based on Affirmative Action, scores, and cross-admit rates. I once had a dream, now that dream is lost from me." I am going to have to agree with "Minnesota" and say that this is not the way to approach rejection. Granted, I know it is hell to get rejected from a place like MIT, but you can't take it so hard. "Seek first to understand, rather than to be understood." -Mother Theresa Try to understand the reasons why the admission staff denied your application, and apply again next year. Don't quarrel over why you think they don't understand your case. If they don't understand why you deserve to be here, it is because you didn't explain it well enough. Give it another shot, and try and patch the holes. I mean, you have to be smart to apply to MIT and believe you will be admitted. Applying was the first step that showed how intelligent you are, and it shows self-confidence. Those are some of the greatest qualities of the human race, so I wouldn't be ashamed. Posted by: Adam on December 16, 2005 called in this morning, no tube in the mail y/t. BUT I'M IN!!! Posted by: lindley on December 16, 2005 btw info on the previous post. I'm a CA resident. Hey Joel, that tube opening party idea is a good one. I think I'll have one too. Congrats to everyone. Posted by: lindley on December 16, 2005 congrats to everyone that got accepted! Hi Jenn, give renee a hug for me - my sn is shortibrownie by the way Alexandre, i got deferred - do u know anyone in southwestern pa who got accepted? im sure there must be someone... anyway, if any of you guys have the time or inclination, i'd (and i think other deferred kids wld agree) appreciate any tips you guys would have for us thanks Posted by: Raksha on December 16, 2005 Hello everyone! ^_^ Hehe, my tube story: I already knew about the tubes and letters thing, so I got home Tuesday and checked my mail - nothing. I went online to CC, saw people talking about how some people had to pick up their tubes at the USPS, so around 6pm I went back and rechecked my mail.... On the corner of my electric bill the postal guy had scribbled "front porch." I went outside, saw this big cardboard tube half hidden in the bushes, and promptly started crying. I'm still so shocked and unbelievably happy. Joel, you must be itbecauseimwhite on CC, right? Amy, I'm a GA girl too, but I'm way down south. Like this other Julia girl I see above, hehe, feel free to AIM me at mydeareverafter! Happy holidays =) Posted by: Joooliyah on December 16, 2005 Hey, I'm Kim from Columbus, Ohio. I received my tube on Wednesday and I must say I've been quite excited ever since! It's actually a pretty funny story. The mail took forever to arrive on Wednesday, so I went to go take a shower, and when I was finished, I went to check the mailbox. No tube. Disappointed, I brought the mail back in and set in on the table, and there it was!! My brother says,"Oh yeah, that came while you were in the shower," not realizing the significance...oh well, that definitely made my week! And I loved the tube idea! Congrats to everyone else who got admitted! And to those of you who weren't, remember that MIT still has a chance to admit you, so don't lose all hope! Posted by: Kim on December 16, 2005 tube schmoob. i got my deferral letter today. all it means is that i still have a chance. and as posted elsewhere on the MIT blogs, a 75% chance at that, of getting accepted. which is way better than the 12.2% with EA. so y'all who've been rejected. que sera. to all who've been deferred more power to ya! to all who've been accepted, yay for you, now get on with your lives! Posted by: 0 on December 16, 2005 Hey, is anyone here from MA? I got my tube like the day after they were mailed, and I just found out about this blog. I know theres probably some other MA ppl on here but im too lazy to read every post lol. Congrats to you all!! I cant wait for next year! Posted by: Eli on December 16, 2005 It's seems like forever since I've been back to Matt's blog, but I would like to say congrats to all who got in EA... and all of yall should come to visit MIT, and when you do, you should come by Baker 117 to visit. Because we'll feed you brownies, and sing Disney songs with you, if you'll distract us from psets! Posted by: Katharine Chu on December 17, 2005 Congrats to all EA accepted applicants! and GL to everyone in RD (I'm an international applicant, so I'm pretty much separate from you guys)! Posted by: Csaba on December 17, 2005 I would like to say congrqts to qll ofthose accepted while praying to gin qdmission as well. I am an nternational applicant and still hoping I would be acepted. Congrqtulqtiooonnnsss tu all Posted by: marco on December 17, 2005 Hey Eli, here's one from Ipswich, MA (45-60 minutes north of Boston). I also received my tube the day after they were mailed. Lucky us, not having to deal with the whole suspense thing, eh? And like you I only found these blog-forums after I got the tube (also kinda nice cause I think it helped me worry about the decision less). See you in April, all! Posted by: Dan on December 17, 2005 Somebody set us up the tube, eh? I'm so excited! I want to meet all the rowing recruits and say hey. What a way to start break. Posted by: Reid Kleckner on December 17, 2005 heh heh....all of you keep saying 'tube'.....heh heh. Posted by: 0 on December 19, 2005 Man, these tubes sound cool. I want one. Too bad back in my day we just got envelopes. Matt, can I have a tube?!?! For old-times sake? Posted by: Chris on December 21, 2005 Man, these tubes sound cool. I want one. Too bad back in my day we just got envelopes. Matt, can I have a tube?!?! For old-times sake? Posted by: Chris on December 21, 2005 Comments have been closed.