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MIT Preview Weekend Answered

Hi! My brother got into MIT and is going to the preview weekend. He said there is an instructables pimp your flash drive thing in one of the dorms. Who from instructables will be there?


Tell him congrats! just out of curiosity, how hard is it to get into MIT, I REALLLYYY want to go there. I have straight A's (I'm not in 8th grade, so that shouldn't matter). I'm getting A's in advance Algebra 2 (10th grade math, and I got recomended for advance honors pre-calc next year). I'm taking all advance/honors course when I get into highschool, and I passed out of electronics 1 and 2. Is that enough to get into MIT?

Grades aren't the only thing that is important. A lot of colleges, especially prestigious ones like MIT, want you to volunteer a lot and show a lot of town and school spirit.

gotcha, so like join a lot of clubs and do comunity service and stuff like that?

LOL - "Community Service" is not something UK universities or employers want to see on a CV ("resume").

It's a sentence handed down for antisocial offences, like graffiti.

yeah, its just volunteer hours. for my school system, you need 75 service hours to graduate.

Exactly. As I am entering 9th grade after this upcoming summer, I plan on volunteering at my local food bank, joining clubs (metalworking, Academic Bowl, Student Council, etc.), and helping my community any way I can. If you are athletic, playing sports might get you a scholarship.

As an MIT student, do what you want to do while you're in high school. Admissions officers see thousands of applications a year and can tell when people are involved with things just because they think they are supposed to be. I didn't have a 4.0 or a perfect SAT, but I did things I enjoyed and brought something to the MIT community that wouldn't have been here otherwise. Seriously, do things you enjoy and will personally get something out of (if it's helping the community great), because MIT doesn't want 1000 new students who all volunteered 40 hours a week in high school. Do yourself a favor and be who you want to be, you'll get more out of life in the long run. Being a person who is passionate about what they do makes you more desirable to schools than any list of the 'right' things you do but don't care about.

i don't know. my brother is taking all AP classes and is graduating early. it is really hard to get in.

Check out previous forum topics: there's a short one here and a longer one here with lots of comments from MIT alums.

All that usually matters is 10th and 11th grade of high school

Man, I want to go to MIT...