Hello everyone! So should I introduce myself or talk about the 2009 Blogger application? That’s a silly question, isn’t it.
In the annals of competition there are iconic achievements: the gold medal, the yellow jersey… the coveted 50 pixel avatar of an Admissions Blogger.
Sure you won’t be hounded with endorsement deals (well okay maybe Snively is) but it’s a pretty big deal to us. The annual blogger selection is like the Admissions office’s own running of the bulls, only with more emoticons and Dr. Horrible references… and no bulls… and quite a few vegetarians, actually.
It’s not a perfect metaphor.
All MIT undergraduates are encouraged to apply. That being said, I have to bear the bad news that we’re primarily looking for 4 incoming freshmen to compliment our contingent of talented upperclassmen. However if your first thought is, “Bah! They will all fall weeping before the pure, as yet unwitnessed genius of my rapier wit!” (or hopefully something a bit less piratical) then show us what you’ve got. I’m not saying that we absolutely won’t add upperclassmen, just that the bar is set pretty high.
The exception will be for video. We’re looking to add video to the blog this fall, so a video podcast, killer clip or a demonstration of creative production skills would go a long way toward convincing us that we just can’t live without another upperclassman blogger.
The application process is similar to last year. The selection committee will include our senior bloggers Jess, Keri and Cristen.
2009 Blogger Application
To be considered for a blogger position, you should email me (dmcowen at the usual) by 5pm on Tuesday, August 18, 2009 and provide the following:
- Provide a link to your “portfolio.” This will be the single most important part of your application.While you do not need to have a current blog, we have found that students who already keep blogs are the most active bloggers and best make the transition to being public bloggers for the MIT Admissions program. While we cannot say for certain that we will only hire someone with an active blog, we will have a preference for folks who do have active blogs.
‚Ä®‚Ä®If you do not currently keep a blog, you may wish to start a new blog and start writing over the next couple weeks. Or, you may just submit a portfolio of writings/videos.
‚Ä®‚Ä®If you do have a current blog, please send a link to it. If your blog is locked/protected, please also include a way for the committee to read the entries you’d like us to see. (You don’t need to clean it up — we will understand that a very public, unlocked site would contain different writing than a locked, personal journal)
‚Ä®‚Ä®If you post regularly on any admissions (or related) forums such as College Confidential, please provide URLs and username/screenname/etc. (If you don’t, no worries — neither do I)
- Tell us your major, or (for freshmen) possibilities of your major.‚Ä®
- Tell us what activities hope to become involved with at MIT, or (for upperclassmen) what you’re currently involved with on campus.‚Ä®
- Let us know your living group. For freshmen, tell us which dorm you’ve been temped in. For upperclassmen, tell us where you live, and, if applicable, any FSILG affiliations.
Short Answer Essays (complete both)
- Short answer #1 – In a paragraph or two, describe why you want to be an admissions blogger and what unique things you feel you’ll contribute to the program.‚Ä®
- Short answer #2 – In either a video or a written post with photos, introduce us to a part of your life, house, town, etc. that you find wildly interesting.