Whew, I’m glad JKim posted an entry ten seconds after I did, because otherwise I’d feel incredibly bad for spending my entire morning writing in here instead of studying for the TWO exams I have on Tuesday. This way, it’s easier to believe that there was time in-between I spent studying.
Hopefully this entry won’t be as long winded as the last – but I did promise you an entry on How To Be Cool and Study Abroad, and it just so happens that some deadlines are very, very soon. I wouldn’t want to tell you how to have the best year of your life and then just say “But I waited too long too tell you, and now it’s too late to apply.”
I know this sounds incredibly daunting, and to some people, even a little crazy or scary, and I know the deadlines are like, now (Well, not really, but probably incredibly soon), but it’ll honestly be completely worth it. If you have any interest whatsoever, try as hard as you can to get the application in now – you can drop out later if you decide you don’t really want to do it.
If you’re a junior or sophomore, that’s great, you have plenty of time to think about this and you can go during high school. But I’m guessing most of you are seniors, so you’d be looking at taking a gap year, which is FANTASTIC – because as excited as you are for college next year, you know that you wouldn’t really mind a year off from the traditional learning environment. You only live ONCE! You’re only young for roughly a fifth of that time! Take advantage of it! Go, go, go! (Ale, ale ale!) (Oh my. Did I just quote Ricky Martin? You see, that’s how far I’m willing to go to convince you guys you should consider this.)
It’s a lot of paperwork and other stuff to get done as soon as possible, but it’s not impossible, and (let me reiterate) completely worth it. If you have any specific questions about getting this off the ground, or if you think it’s really hard and complicated, feel free to email me at kfig at mit dot edu so I can help you or convince you otherwise. Or leave a comment and I’ll try to answer as quickly as possible.