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İs it possible to get in MİT as an international student with winning 3 national science olympiads in physics?


I am aplying in 2021 and I am an international student with 3 medals in physics national olympiad. I have started my channel about art and I hope i will gain100K subscribers. I have also done a research in nanotechnology, but it was not so competitive and was not published anywhere. And I also took first place in international physics olympiad, not so popular, but organised by Moscow State Physics and Math University. I need more awards and I really do want to get in, but unfortunately a lot of science olympiads got cancelled this year because of coronavirus. For example: Ipho 2020 got cancelled. Now I am preparing for IZHO 2021, and I really hope it is going to be held. If you know where else (science fairs, research programs, olympiads) to take part in, any contests in physics for 2020-2021, where international students can take part, please tell me. And I am also looking for some extracurriculars advice and ways to stand out to get accepted in MIT. If you are already an MIT student or just have some advice to give, I will be really thankful, but, please, do not give me any advice about SAT, i do not need it. I am interested in art, and if you have some contests for international students in art as well, please share.


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Yes... but... I have to admit... your personality comes off as very 'flamboyant.' MIT doesn't care 100% about awards. Awards just proved you did something. You could be a genius and they will still reject you(like every single year). What they care about are passion and personality. Also, you don't really stand out from the average MIT applicant because most of them are like you.

So what do I do to stand out? I know that motivational essays mean a lot, but I am going to write them next aitumn anyways, and i have a year untill then, so what will make me stand out. I also know french language to the b2 lvl and can prove it with sat subject test. And I have partivipated in multiple games like "what?where?when?" that are popular in past Soviet Union countries. Will it change sth? If not, what should I do to stand out? Any examples?
And if they care about passion, isn't the fact that i am studying a lot and working on my channel mean a lot? Is there any way to prove that you are passionate except motivational essays?
You can write about your achievements because they are your passion, just don't make it pretentious. Also, what have you done with your skills outside just competitions and research? Have you taken any things to the next level?
what do you mean as "to the next level"? I mean, I am self studying everyday, and preparing for international olympiads. I do participate in many free online programs, courses and so on to improve my problem-solving skills and develop a deeper understanding of physics. And in one of such programs I met a representative of Moscow State University in physics faculty and we did have a nice conversation, she recommended a lot of resources for studying physics with a lot of videos, especially for
upgrading my knowledge in experimental part, and I am not really good at it, and I was generally really happy to meet her and to get to know more about their eductaional system