MIT Massachusetts Institute of Technology

I'm thirteen now and i want to go to MIT when I grow up and currently am about to next year go to Central High School in Philadelphia and is there anybody here that went to Central and went to MIT after and was it really really hard or was it hard but possible and did you have any time to do normal things besides schoolwork? Thank a lot

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Brennn1010 years ago
I want to know this as well. What did it take to get to MIT?
bushra Brennn107 years ago
same here
ledzep5679 years ago
does anyone who went/goes to MIT know of anybody at MIT who participated in the [Lyceum Academy Lyceum Academy]?
I go to school at its originating school(New Hanover highschool in wilmington, NC as stated in the article)

I will be applying for lyceum once i am able(when i become a Junior) and i was wondering if it really does help you get into "hard to get in" colleges like MIT.
NachoMahma10 years ago
. Some very good advice here for ya, lightpacker. And I think they are all saying basicly the same things. . It's probably too early to decide what you want to do, so spend your time exploring what can be done and where you fit in. Your Sophomore year in college is not too late to change your mind. . Don't obsess on getting into a famous/popular college, find a school that will challenge you and teach you your chosen craft. When you get into the workplace and prove yourself, which college you went to won't make much difference. . Lead a rounded life. Don't ignore having a little fun. Finish your studies then go dancin', have a brew, or streak the quad. . Good luck and keep asking others for advice, but the final decision is up to you - don't let someone talk you into Psychology if you love Theatre.
westfw10 years ago
Since my own kids are approaching high-school age, I had a talk with Upenn's Dean of Engineering last time he was here to visit about admissions policies and in particular rumors that I had been hearing. (Did you know that the UC system has separate quotas for public school and private school students, with the public quota being bigger? So it can actually hurt your chances to go to a prestigious private HS? So the rumor goes.) Penn isn't UC, and does NOT have that policy. However, they DO frown on admitting too many students from the same HS, so your chances might be better off if you attend random-far-away school than "nearby exclusive preppy school." Interesting, eh? He also recommends finding out which schools your local guidance counselors are familiar with, and send people too regularly. High schools apparently get reputations for the kind of students they send places, so if your HS has a good "in" with a college, that'll improve your chances a bit. (This does seem to conflict with the "too many applicants from same HS rule, though.) And presumably the GC might have a good idea whether you stand a chance or not. Of course, these are tiny little things that probably only apply AFTER you're a pretty damned impressive student to start with...
westfw10 years ago
I'm thirteen now and i want to go to MIT when I grow up...
No offense, but this is a somewhat silly and even self-defeating starting point. It would be all too easy to get into a mode where you obsess over grades to the detriment of discovering what you are really interested in, and where you might especially excell. Entering high school, I had a rather vague idea that I was interested in science, but it wasn't till 10th grade that there was a class in electronics, and 11th grade till there was a class in computer programming, for example. I daresay that a good number of the devices that the Instructables/Squid Labs crew have had so much fun doing stuff with (at MIT and/or since then) didn't even exist when they were entering high school. Do LOTS of varied things in high school, except fool around, and work hard and do your best at everything. With some luck, THAT will get you into a good school that will carry you further, and it won't matter that much whether it turns out to be MIT or the XYZ School of Fine Art.

So, does MIT have an official opinion about alumni like, say, RMS (Father of GNU)? On the one hand ..., but on the other hand a lot of universities seem to focus on alumni that become professors, or at least make enough big bucks to hit up for contributions to the endowment. IIRC, Penn's Alumni Survey for their engineering school didn't even have "Engineer" on the list of "current career"; they apparently expected everyone to have moved on into management.
KentsOkay10 years ago
Excellent, more answers for my questions too. You know lightpacker, we'll be in the same year at MIT, look forward to seeing you.
ewilhelm10 years ago
LIghtpacker originally sent me a personal message with this question, and I asked him to post on the forums because I've been asked this a number of times now. If you check out the about page, you'll notice a whole bunch of Instructables/Squid Labs people went to MIT.

I loved it. I lived at Tep, an independent living group, all four undergraduate years; this was a key reason why I had such a good time.

It was hard, and I remember being pushed to my limits a number of times. However, many of my classes were undeniably fun, and so the distinction between work and play became blurred. I found my limits because I wanted to: It became fun to solve the problem, to build the machine, to understand the theory and try it out in practice, and to keep piling more and more on top because there was so much I wanted to learn (this is still a problem!).

I didn't have time for normal things outside of classes, because I was too busy doing non-normal things (like this.). But, I did spend a lot of time on classes, and have a perfect GPA to prove it. I say that not to brag (well, ok just a little), but to give authority to my next point. Your grades at MIT are of little consequence. At graduation, there's no fanfare for people with perfect grades. It's about applying what you've learned, and having impact with it.

Obviously, this applies to other schools and life in general, and is probably relevant to your upcoming MIT or other college interview. When I meet new people, I never ask about their grades, I want to know what they've done with the knowledge they have, and how they go about getting more knowledge to do more cool things.
canida10 years ago
You might start out by reading this thread.

The joke goes like this: you can get good grades, sleep, or have a social life. Pick two.
I swam on the varsity team, played intramural softball, lived in a fraternity/coop, worked in labs, and went out dancing most every weekend. You can at least swap back and forth which one you're trading off at any given time. ;)