MIT Application #2

MIT Application #2

Short Answers

11a) We know you lead a busy life, full of activities, many of which are required of you. Tell us about something you do simply for the pleasure of it.

My favorite way to sit down, unwind, and relax after a long day is reading. I curl up with my current novel or manga, lay down by the window sill for some natural lighting, and travel to my next destination. If I ever read by candle light-which is rather inefficient and archaic-I would constantly be burning them down to the base. I am usually amazed when I’ll start reading- only for an hour I say-and end up losing track of time. But in short, reading is my way to escape-from chores, homework, and life- and travel far and wide.

11b) Although you may not yet know what you want to major in, which department or program at MIT appeals to you and why?

As of now, I would probably say that course 18 and course eight are my tentative fields of study. Course 18 appeals to me because of the passion I have for math, and the multiple pathways that are available under this topic. Course 8 offers astrophysics as a subtopic to physics. As a kid, I would gaze up to the stars and wonder about the mysteries of the cosmos. So by coming here and studying within this tight-knit group of people, I can find a home, where everyone has open arms.

12a) What attribute of your personality are you most proud of, and how has it impacted your life so far? This could be your creativity, effective leadership, sense of humor, integrity, or anything else you’d like to tell us about.

Most older people would criticize my generation by saying that we lack integrity: fortunately, I don’t apply to that. Integrity is honesty to yourself, to others, and to those you don’t know. It could also mean having a strong base of good principles to support yourself. So by either of those definitions, most teens have faltered from it, but it is a central part of who I am, and who I want to continue to be.

My integrity to be a good person and true to myself, has helped steer me to avoiding the pitfalls of those around me. I want to grow up to be straight-edge, so it was easy for me to turn down the peer pressure of drugs, smoking and alcohol among my peers. My integrity helps to keep me in alignment with academic honesty: I don’t cheat on my assignments, and I refuse to let anyone cheat off of my work. Of course I will help my friend on a homework assignment, trying to make sure they understand how to do a problem, and not steal my solutions. I am even honest to my teachers about a missing assignment: I forgot the paper, or I lost the worksheet, and I don’t complain about the repercussions of my carelessness.

In the end, my integrity has lead me to live a wholesome life because I don’t want to belittle myself or my abilities.

12b) Describe the world you come from; for example, your family, clubs, school, community, city, or town. How has that world shaped your dreams  and aspirations?

People commonly think of Monroe as an epidemic full of heroin users. People are constantly trying to keep the drugs off the street, helping people get to rehab, and trying to spread a positive message to kids. I live outside of the two tracks that separate The Orchard from the rest of the suburbs-The Orchard is like a mini version of the Hood. I live by the local community center and library, where the children, mostly African American, talk in disrespectful manners, and play basketball.

I might live in this part of the suburbs, but that doesn’t mean I want to sink to their standards. Monroe is a small, tight-knit city with people trying to help each other. We don’t have a lot of things, but that doesn’t stop our ambition to do the best that we can-for the most part. With this environment, I felt the need to not sink to racial stereotypes, and to act successful. I tried my hardest at school, worked to complete every assignment, and kept a serious focus on how to take school. My parents taught me that I could be anything I wanted, and so I aimed high-hoping to be a college professor and/or an astrophysicist.

In short, my environment wasn’t the most conducive to learning, but it only made me more ambitious to succeed and accomplish my goals.

12c) Tell us about the most significant challenge you’ve faced or something important that didn’t go according to plan. How did you manage the situation?

It was a cold Sunday night in early December last year. The snow was coming down around us, and I was still tired from the first wrestling tournament of the season the day before. Everything seemed normal-until my mom received a devastating phone call. It was my dad’s co-worker telling her that my dad had a heart attack in Kentucky driving his 18 wheeler back from Tennessee. My mom eventually found the hospital and called them, and a few moments later-with my family silently around her-we knew the worst was confirmed with a soul- splitting cry.

It was completely unexpected, and I was heart broken. I went to school the next day, and everyone questioned why I was there. I needed some stability, a sense that the world I knew was still intact. I eventually talked to my counselor, but I never went to any grief counseling. We were comforted by those who were closest to us, and those who knew my dad well. But my comfort came from my friends, letting me know that they accepted me through it all. I was healing alone-I hardly talked to anyone about it- but I had to stay strong for myself and my family. My father was a great man, full of love, compassion, and ambition. I handled his passing fairly internally, but I sublimated it with my favorite writing form: poetry.

14) No admission application can meet the needs of every individual. If you think that additional information or material will give us a more thorough impression of you, please respond on separate sheets.

A few of my other extra curricular activities include 4-H, Anime Club, and the freshmen Ignition Mentors. Through 4-H, I was able to grow from a young seedling into a mighty oak-sure enough of my own strength to stand tall against the negative things in life. I also started my school’s Anime Club at the end of my junior year. As well, I didn’t run for any leadership roles; I didn’t want to infringe upon anyone else’s right to hold a leadership position in this club. And as a freshmen Ignition Mentor, I work with other mentors to help the incoming freshmen readjust from the middle school to the high school.After attending WISE 1 earlier this year, I felt enabled and ready to apply to MIT. I didn’t believe that I would be accepted, or that I belonged; however, I now see that this is the place where I can be myself completely.


Standardized Test Scores:

  • ACT Composite: 33
  • SAT Subject Tests
    • Math 1: 610
    • Math 2: 680
    • Physics: 730

AP Test Scores:

  • AP Language and Composition: 5
  • 6 Other APs after application submission: All level 5

School Record and Class Ranking:

  • Cumulative Rank: Not provided/unranked
  • Cumulative GPA:
    • 4.0 (unweighted)

Student Information:

  • No MIT Legacy
  • Only one parent with post secondary education

Extracurriculars, Distinctions and Volunteer Experience:

Activities

  • Upward Bound
    • 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th grade
    • 6 hours per week
    • 32 weeks per year
    • I am a member of my schools’ Upward Bound, in which I work on improving myself and others academically. I have had the opportunity to attend two state and one national conference.
  • Wrestling
    • 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th grade
    • 8 hours per week
    • 40 weeks per year
    • As one of four current varsity captains, I strive to build the team into competent wrestlers and teammates to help reach our goals.
  • National Honor Society
    • 10th, 11th, and 12th grade
    • 1 hour per week
    • 32 weeks per year
    • Being the president of our NHS chapter, I work closely with my fellow officers to integrate our members more closely into the school and the community.
  • Student Council
    • 10th, 11th, and 12th grade
    • 5 hour per week
    • 36 weeks per year
    • I am one member of student council. As such, I act as one representative of the student body, in order to help increase school spirit, and to make the school a greater place for everyone.
  • Interact Club
    • 11th, and 12th grade
    • 1 hour per week
    • 32 weeks per year
    • Within Interact Club, I work with other very passionate teenagers in the school to develop our community through service projects, whether we create them, or join them.
  • Ignition Mentors
  • Anime Club

Scholastic Distinctions

  • National Achievement Scholarships Program Outstanding Participant
    • National level
  • All A Honor Roll
    • School level

Non-Scholastic Distinctions

  • Questbridge College Prep Scholarship Recipient
    • National level
  • National Student Leadership Conference
    • National level
  • 2013 MI HOBY Representative
    • State level
  • Upward Bound Student of the Year
    • School level

Work Experience

  • No work experience reported

Summer Activities

  • Upward Bound Summer Program
    • 30 hours per week
  • Summer Wrestling Conditioning
    • 6-8 hours per week
  • 4-H County Fair
    • One time

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