If you ask anyone at MIT what they were like days before decisions came out, chances are they'll gloss over the ants-in-their-pants jitteriness they felt - we (and by "we" I mean "I") try to maintain the little pride that we have (p-sets took most of it away). But rest assured that two years ago, I was distracting myself like no other, convincing myself not to get too attached to this school. I had the state Science Olympiad competition on pi day and didn't get to check my MyMIT account until several hours after decisions had been released. Having discovered that three other kids from my school had gotten in (to have one would have been crazy enough... and despite being told otherwise I was convinced that the central-Missouri "quota" had been fulfilled) and doubting my own credentials, I'd accepted the fact that I hadn't gotten in and only checked my account to confirm my suspicion with 100% certainty. I read Paul's entry, was very much at peace with wherever I'd end up, and then opened a rather unexpected letter from Stu Schmill. And here I am.
The point is, we've been there - we all know feeling of anticipation right before decisions are released, what it feels like to be accepted into a school, what it feels like to get a rejection letter. And the best way I can think of to calm your nerves right now is to assure you that whatever happens in two days, you are going to do great things and you are going to have a wonderful college experience if you want to and if you work for it. Out of fear of sounding insincere or trite, I hesitate to use these tired cliches, but there's nothing else I can really think to say. I am a firm believer that everything happens for a reason, and while you can debate the validity of that philosophy, what is absolutely unquestionable is that your applications were in amazing hands. You can read the quintessential MIT Blogs blog post and believe it, or you can take it from me and believe that the admissions officers here are some pretty-stinkin'-beautiful folks. To say "They care about you guys a lot" is a gross understatement. I'm sure in the coming days you'll hear more from them, so I'll let them take it from here.
In the meantime, I know you all are probably like, "What is this, serious-Elizabeth? Where are the doodles? Where are the videos? I want some mindless distraction!"
Okay, okay. You didn't think I'd actually post a couple days before decisions without something fun, did you?? Well, I took a couple things into consideration when crafting this next video:
1. The pi video that was up on Mikey's post.
2. The fact that pi day is TWO DAYS AWAY
3. The fact that I don't have to study for exams this weekend
Without further ado, here is the Simmons 3AB musical interpretation of pi to 15 decimal places (yes yes, in honor of the class of 2015 because I love y'all that much), as a result of us farting around for an hour or so this afternoon. It won't distract you too long, though - it's only 3 minutes and 14 seconds. Har.
Sending peace and love your way,