Mar 3, 2008
It’s All Going To Be Okay
Posted in: Process & Statistics
Have you ever heard of The Game? I've referenced it several times in my other entries, so hopefully many of you are avid players by now, if you weren't already. Nonetheless, for those who don't know, here's a succinct description (borrowed from the official Lose The Game website):
Rule 1: You are playing The Game.
Rule 2: Whenever you think about The Game, you lose.
Rule 3: Loss must be announced.
Basically, the objective of the game is to forget that it exists. It's one of the most popular memes in popular culture today, and has been referenced in many, many places. In particular, it was the subject of the newest xkcd comic:
As soon as I saw this comic (which was posted just forty minutes ago - I'm currently in the middle of finishing an 8.022 p-set with some friends, one of whom is about as obsessed with xkcd as I am, so he showed it to me on his laptop), I immediately thought about admissions...in particular, the upcoming release of this year's admissions decisions.
Decisions are, basically, like The Game. You don't want to think about it...but you do. I'm not sure if it's possible to prevent that from happening, but even if it's not, I do have two quick pieces of advice I would like to share before I get back to my p-set.
First, as the title of this entry suggests - really, it is all going to be okay. Whether the admissions decisions are released March 15, March 22, or any other date, you can rest assured that Ben, Matt, Nance, Stu, and all the other admissions officers are doing their best to select the most perfect class of MIT students they possibly can. That's why they can't predict the date in advance. I know it may seem unfair to leave you hanging like that - but in the long run, it's really better for all the applicants.
Second, remember that you're second-semester seniors. I know the month of March is an incredibly stressful time (I was in your shoes last year, after all ^_^), but at the same time...the biggest hurdle, the actual application process, is already over. Everything is downhill from here. And...when the decision date finally rolls around, just remember something Ben once said, "I want to remind people that I didn't go to MIT, and I happen to like my life very much. MIT is an amazing place, but it won't determine your future success and happiness. How you embrace and dedicate yourself to whatever options life throws your way will."
In the long run, life is what you make of it. Sometimes, what really matters isn't whether you win or lose the game - it's all about how you play it.