Tips from Me to You by Chris M. '12
15% is standard most places, but my tips are 100%! (awesome that is)
This is more of a mini-entry, a blogget if you will. I know that for a good portion of you, the pressure is on, as there’s officially nothing else you can do about your Early Action application. But you know what you have to do now?
Seriously, pat yourselves on the backs guys, if you’ve done your best walk away from it now. It’s out of your hands, don’t let the rest of the world pass you by. I’m sure it varies by high school location and personality, but Senior Year is not something you’re going to want to fill with stress. Make plans with your friends, watch movies, make jokes, write programs, start organizations, just DO stuff. Whatever it is you like to do, get out there and get it done!
Now I know you’re probably thinking “but Chrism* I spent 2.0X10^6 hours on my application, do you think that’s enough? Do you think I’ll get in because I expressed my number in scientific notation? Do I need more Sig Figs? Is 2 enough?
Here comes point #2, and it’s gonna hit you hard:
It doesn’t matter.
*gasp*! MIT, not matter?! Now don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love this place, even amidst the sunrise as my cue to bed and the hours tooling for a C on a test, and you should take pride in your application, but an important thing to remember is that MIT is not the only place in the world, and definitely not perfect for everyone. It’s interesting that only after coming here for school did I realize how unhappy some people would really be here, so you may just have to trust me on that one, even though when I was in your spot I probably wouldn’t have believed it. The thing about your application is that it’s a trade-off between you and Admissions. You have two similar but distinct characteristics:
Know yourself, but don’t know MIT that well.
Knows MIT, but doesn’t know you that well.
So to make sure everyone’s happy, there’s a trade off, all you have to do is be honest about yourself, and Admissions will be able to tell if you’ll like it here, and Admissions is super good at their job, (I hear they hire the sexiest bloggers too, but that’s just what I hear…)The catch is they can only go off what you tell them, so it’s in YOUR best interest to be honest. Because even if there was some formula you could replicate to guarantee admission (it’s 6. That’s it. The answer is 6*), getting in based on a fabrication isn’t only dishonest, it’s not you. And YOU won’t be happy, whoever you wrote about on that application will. (Which is not you, in case you didn’t catch what that implied)
So the whole point of this is to take a deep breath and relax. If you applied early the hard part is over. If you’re applying regular, don’t stress about it. In 6 months or so you’ll be graduating from high school, and the end of Senior Year is totally awesome. Enjoy every minute you’ve got and don’t get too caught up in being the perfect applicant. Be the perfect you. Get excited about the fact that if you do your best on your application, one year from today, you’ll be in happy in a college that’s right for you.
*It’s surprising the number of emails I get addressing me in sentences as Chrism. My name doesn’t rhyme with “prism”, you can just call me Chris.
**In case you didn’t pick up on the sarcasm, there is no admissions formula, and it certainly wouldn’t be 6. If you put 6 on your application and that’s it, I take no responsibility for whatever happens.
P.s. email me some questions and I’ll do a Q&A blog.
Ok, so I’m going to post the Q&A blog next Wednesday the 12th, so plan on emailing or commenting your questions to me by say Tuesday the 11th. I can already tell this will be interesting.