What I Have Learned From The Early Decision Process At MIT by Bryan G. Nance
Here are some of the things that impressed me.
*Update as of 2015: Early action is available to both domestic and international students.
As you can see by the photos, this was a grueling process. I could go through it step by step with you, but Ben’s already covered that.
So let’s get to the meat of the matter (or for you vegans out there, the shiitake mushroom of the matter). Here are some of the things that impressed me:
- The quality of the essays. I was constantly floored by the way so many of you approached your essays and your overall style and flow. Dare I say, I saw flashes of brilliance every now and again? I SO wish that I could share snippets of some of the essays that I reviewed. Alas, under penalty of law and all that stuff concerning your right to privacy, I am forced to discuss them using only my inner voice.
- The fine ways that many of you give back to the community. It is not hard to tell when someone is just going through the motions or trying to pad their application. I saw true selfless activities. This includes everything from the creation of clubs in school to activities that help to relieve human suffering to activities that help to right injustices. It is humbling to see so many students showing so much compassion for their fellow man.
- The great ways that you spend your free time. (Although, I do wish all of you would sleep more!) Other than hang out on my blog, I am pleased that you are having fun, & that many of you have such a great sense of humor!
- The amount of passion in your applications. WOW! It does the soul good to know that you love this stuff. Some of you have been doing things related to your intended fields of study for quite some time, while others of you are chomping at the bit to jump right in. As the Black Eyed Peas said, “Let’s Get it Started in Here”. (DISCLAIMER: Do not assume that you won’t be admitted if you have not already pursued a great deal of activity in your intended field of study. We know that an interest in creative writing is easily expressed as compared to one in Nuclear Engineering. In other words, we believe that writing samples make fine submissions, whereas we REALLY discourage the submission of fusion reactor cores, no matter how much lead you use as packing material.
- A low geek factor. Normal students apply and will be accepted to MIT. If what you do makes you a geek in HS, it’ll make you a superstar at MIT.