Source: MIT Admissions blog, Mar 2016
“Home is where your friends are, and if you’re open about yourself, you can make friends anywhere.”
“So take comfort in knowing that your future doesn’t lie in the hands of a college admissions officer, but rather yours and yours alone.”
<from the comments>
At the end of the day, the college (be it MIT, Stanford, an Ivy, or a state school) is not the end; it is the next step. a intense four year step, but just that, a step. No school is definitively/universally better than another. it all depends on the student and their values.
Our generation (and those that matter to us/ care about us i.e parents, teachers, family, etc) places SO much emphasis on getting into the “best” college possible. it becomes all about the numbers: the GPA, the ACT, the SAT, the SATII, and so on.
A lot of colleges dont even seem to care about your personality, just your numbers.
That is one of the main reasons i even applied to MIT, even though they are one of if not the “best” schools in the nation, they really cared about your personality.
They also care about the numbers but they put in the effort to really try to get to know you. of course its not perfect, its impossible for any admissions system to be. there are too many qualified candidates for too few spots; they physically cant admit every student they would want to.
of course im bummed to not get in, as im sure everyone else is, but it is what it is. everyone will end up somewhere they belong. In the words of my favorite childhood movie: Hakuna Matata. thank you all for reading! Have a wonderful day! ^^
No matter where I am, one thing that I owe MIT is it helped me find purpose of my life. In order to write an application essay for MIT, I spent more than two months to think what I am sincerely passionate about. The word “MIT” itself encouraged me to dream bigger. Even though my application got rejected, my purpose of life remained with me and grew even bigger when I came to U.S. from Nepal.