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Meet the Admissions Officers: Bryan Nance by Matt McGann '00

Name: Bryan Nance; Job title: Director of Minority Recruitment; Hometown: Queens, NY

Name: Bryan G. Nance

Job title: Director of Minority Recruiting

Hometown: Queens, NY

High schools: Benjamin N. Cardozo (Bayside, NY) and William Penn (New Castle. Delaware)

College, year, major: Norfolk State University, 1989, BA Sociology (Home of the Spartans!);
University of Delaware, 1999 Masters of Public Administration (Home of The Fightin’ Blue Hens AKA The Ass Kickin’ Chicken!)

Favorite thing about MIT: The Infinite Corridor actually ends… in a parking lot

Favorite thing about Boston: Bostonians only have a 25 Letter alphabet. No one knows what happened to the letter R but many speculate it suffered the same fate as Tyrannosaurus rex. In fact, it was not until Sesame Street began broadcasting 30 years ago that Bostonians even became aware of its existence.

Favorite movies: Too many to name… Here are a few: Seventh Samurai, Dr. Strangelove, The Empire Strikes Back, Hollywood Shuffle, Seven, The Godfather, So I Married An Ax Murder, Love Jones, Dolomite. If you ever need to settle a bet about a move, I suggest the following website: The Internet Movie Database

Favorite music: This is tough… I own over 600 CD’s and 20 Box Sets. Anything by the following artists: A Tribe Called Quest, Ella Fitzgerald, Al Green, Stevie Ray Vaughn, The entire Stax label, John Coltrane, Jay-Z, Jill Scott and Sade.

Favorite book: Again, tough… I LOVE to read! Being There (Kosinski), The Robber Bride (Atwood), Man Child in the Promised Land (Claude Brown), Ego Trip’s Big Book of Racism (Ego Trip), Invisible Man (Ellison), Things Fall Apart (Achabe), Race (Terkel) and Singing in A Strange Land (Salvatore).

Favorite food: BAR-B-Q and charred bovine flesh (steaks)

Favorite cartoon character: Boondocks. Aaron McGruder gets it. Satire is supposed to leave a mark.

Advice about applying to college/MIT: (Time for me to be serious) I have 3 points:

1. Put a lot of time and effort into crafting your personal statement. While it may seem like a chore at first, remember that everything in you application is being said about you. Your essays are the only time that you get to speak directly to admissions committee. Make your voice count! Don’t use your whole essay telling us what you want to do after college (E.g. I want to be a thoracic surgeon helping the indigenous population of the Republic of Kiribati). Instead use your voice to tell us what you are passionate about studying at MIT.

2. Yes, we really do look at more that your standardized scores. We are looking for well-rounded students. Since we focus on so much more that the SAT, I suggest that you do the same.

3. Don’t let the cost of an institution determine where you apply. There are only three ways to know that you can’t afford a College/University: First you apply, second you are accepted (and most importantly) third you receive and review the financial aid package.

Fun fact about yourself: I am Airborne Qualified (I can jump from perfectly good aircraft while in flight), in high school I participated in a program called Youth in Government and (to my knowledge) I am the only person elected Governor of two states, New York and Delaware, I love Star Trek, the New York Giants and the New York Mets. Finally, I’ve lived in Queens, NY; Newark, DE; Seattle, WA; Seoul, Republic of Korea, Indianapolis, IN and Ithaca, NY.

Anything else? My favorite quote comes from Sun Tzu author of The Art of War (roughly translated):
“Know yourself and know your enemy (or challenges), you need not fear the outcome of 1000 battles; know yourself and know not your enemy, you will win only half the time; know not yourself and know not your enemy, you are defeated before you begin.”

Your enemy/challenge is the College application process. Prepare well to do battle.

9 responses to “Meet the Admissions Officers: Bryan Nance”

  1. Laura says:

    Yay Mets!!!! =)

  2. nghi says:

    haha i love the bit about the extinction of the “R”

  3. Kathleen says:

    Very helpful advice!

  4. Omar says:

    This is a really helpful post! It’s very comforting for us to know that our application will be in good hands. Thanks for everything.

  5. eric says:

    Achebe, not Achabe. I like Things Fall Apart as well.

  6. Timur Sahin says:

    Indeed, this post helped a lot, especially the Art of War quote. I look forward to having such people read my application. smile

  7. Go says:

    I really appreciate for this helpful information!

  8. charly says:

    can you plz give me clues on how to enroll into the school.im intrested.thanks as i wait ur reply.plz mail me on [email protected]

  9. thanks for that information. i had a view that it is only scores and accomplishments that speaks. what i did not know was that one’s personality is important. i appreciate it