6 months ago
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can i will be a student of Massachusetts Institute of Technology after finishing my school

im a student of school . i wanted to admit myself into Massachusetts Institute of Technology. after finishing my school

how can i will be a student of Massachusetts Institute of Technology after finishing my school

@DebaterMAX6 months ago

Uhh by applying???

@DebaterMAX6 months ago

Do you have a specific question about the process?

@DebaterMAX6 months ago [edited]

Sorry double posted

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6 months ago

MIT is a Top 20 school. This means there are a lot of candidates, but not a lot of spots. What you need to focus on if you want even a shot at attending are stuff like grades, class rank, SAT scores, class rigor, and etc. You need to be nearly perfect there in order to not immediately have your application just thrown away. But the thing that marks the difference between admitted applicants and rejected ones with similar backgrounds are activities, awards, letters of recommendation, and demographics.

1.) Activities fall into a variety of stuff. It can range from competitions to community service to your own initiatives. When I was in my sophomore, I read a really, really good book by Cal Newport called "How to be a High School Super Star." He basically explains you should do things not a lot of other students can do, such as original research or win a National contest. When applying to schools with an acceptance rate like MIT's. You need a lot of your activity list to be full of this sort of prestige. Very few students have done it, so you doing it makes your application stand out. You need to show MIT they will be missing out on "one of the best" if they reject you. Awards fall into a very similar area with this.

2.) Letters of Recommendation are a thing you need to approach like essays. They are something meant to show off who you are. You need to approach them very carefully. For one, choose someone who has known you for several years. They can better tell admissions officers of your growth as a student, your personality and etc. Try to choose a teacher who has helped you constantly throughout your high school career, whether it be through personal projects or competition. DO NOT CHOOSE ONE WHO YOU ONLY SAW THROUGH CLASS. I'll be honest, how I am during class and in general, are two different people. I don't curse in class, or cause that much of a ruckus during class. Try to pick a teacher who knows you genuinely and try to get a recommendation letter from someone outside of school. I do NOT mean your parents or doctor or therapist. Someone who leads an activity you were a part of or who helped you with a community service project.

3.) Demographics. In "Who Gets In and Why", the author describes serving on the admission's board of several colleges. In the introduction, he tells the story of two students who both had pretty similar backgrounds. The only notable difference? One was the child of a professor who worked there, the other one was not. The one who got in? The professor's kid. Institutions of higher learning have their own goals, whether it be to improve diversity or to admit the kid of a donor because of money. This is the one thing you cannot control but I'm including it because there is a part you can control. You can control your major. Keep an eye out at any college you are interested in and see if they have new buildings coming in, or a new department. They will want people to fill those seats in that major. For example, I want to work in Journalism. There are a lot of ways to go around this beyond just majoring in "Journalism". I could major in English or Literature, or any area that will relate to my future career. This flexibility allows me to cater my portfolio to a college's needs and I recommend you do the same. Think about your major and alternate ways you could get to where you could the career you want. Not every college will have your exact major, but most will have other things (in my case, English).


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