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No International Olympiad Medal , Bye Bye MIT ?

mathsoulmathsoul Posts: 4 Harvard Champion
edited May 2013 in India
Unfortunately I have not been selected for any team to represent my country in any International Olympiads. I am a international applicant from India.

Will MIT now remain just a dream for me?


Please honest answer , I am so tensed of the college process :(
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Replies to: No International Olympiad Medal , Bye Bye MIT ?

  • anialwaysanialways Posts: 21
    edited May 2013
    I have said this many times earlier and I am going to repeat it. Please do not get emotionally attached to any one college. Make a list of your good "fit" colleges. And they all should be those you would be happy to go to. Also that is a list of about 10-15, narrowed down from a choice of over 50 if not 100 best colleges in your major preference. So one more time, spread your options. In the end, all things being equal - SAT, GPA, Essays, Rigor of Curriculum..... college admission are a lottery.
  • firefliesdancefirefliesdance Posts: 6 College Search & Selection Champion
    edited May 2013
    To be harsh and brutally honest, probably... but anialway's advice is the best. Please apply though. You never know. :)
  • hopingforbetterhopingforbetter Posts: 20
    edited May 2013
    anialways is absolutely right in her advice. Don't get attached to any one college/university.

    I may (will) sound harsh now. Forget about MIT unless you have something extraordinary! You don't have Olympiads and just decide for yourself whether you have anything outstanding to be one of the 4-6 students who get into MIT.

    Also, the recent trend followed by MIT is "n-1 out of n admits from India are International Olympiad medalists". So this gives you just one spot to compete with (how many other Indians?). This is just an observation though.

    But seriously, who can stop you from applying?
  • collstucollstu Posts: 1 College Search & Selection Champion
    edited May 2013
    Few people have got in MIT without medals( like Amol Bhave,Ishan Chugh, B.Sagar and a few more).If you have something that sets you apart from the majority of applicants(like me....just joking),then you have a chance(not 100%).
  • codeguycodeguy Posts: 11 College Search & Selection Champion
    edited May 2013
    ^B.Sagar as in Basant Vivek Sagar?
  • Crystal31Crystal31 Posts: 8 College Search & Selection Champion
    edited May 2013
    MIT does not care about all this.. All it cares about is the overall combination of your marks, EC's and SAT and SAT II scores.. Thats it.. Even if you dont participates in new fews. Things it wont matter really... Just give ur best shot and wriite good essay's and personal statement :)
  • hopingforbetterhopingforbetter Posts: 20
    edited May 2013
    ^No offense to you. But seriously?? You need all those for sure! There's no doubt about it. Very rarely does MIT accept someone with a low SAT score (It generally happened with the non-medalist admits). But an International Olympiad medal has become somewhat a requirement to get into MIT. I guess you know very less!
  • firefliesdancefirefliesdance Posts: 6 College Search & Selection Champion
    edited May 2013
    I had the same reaction hopingforbetter! Then I went and read her threads. She's a Class of 2018 applicant. She's not all that experienced. :)
  • codeguycodeguy Posts: 11 College Search & Selection Champion
    edited May 2013
    Ok! I'm gonna be blunt.
    Out of the 4 people i know who got into MIT, 3 were having international medals. The other one was better that the rest. So, you can imagine what the admission scene is like at MIT. If you don't have an international medal, your chances are automatically reduced by 75%. And the Indian pool is too cut-throat. So, you need to be a prodigy to get in.
    Period.
  • codeguycodeguy Posts: 11 College Search & Selection Champion
    edited May 2013
    Don't blindly believe on what the website of the Univ. says.
  • sramassramas Posts: 2 College Search & Selection Champion
    edited May 2013
    Please do not apply if you do not have medals, additionally you should have them in class XI. Clearing first and second round of nsep, nesec or incho, inpho do not help at all.

    Honestly, it is a waste of time applying especially because of their extremely short word limits on essays. You cannot borrow any of your other schools' essays and edit. It takes huge amount of time too. Sincere advice...drop the idea.

    A few years ago competition was much lower, but now it is really bad.
  • hopingforbetterhopingforbetter Posts: 20
    edited May 2013
    I had the same reaction hopingforbetter! Then I went and read her threads. She's a Class of 2018 applicant. She's not all that experienced. :)
    Oh this 18'er will come to know after she completes her admissions season!
  • quiverfoxquiverfox Posts: 5
    edited May 2013
    Another one of these...why does the same thing start off each year :p
    Anyways, nobody can stop you from believing that you won't get in. But heed experience as it teaches you a lot..especially 'first hand' experience :)

    Actually you need only focus on your domain and be the best in that(hopefully STEM)..As long as you have decent ( on average) scores they will never stand in your way. Work on 1 great achievement...

    Oh and please do enjoy the application, one of the better ones :)

    Guys @firefliesdance, @hopingforbetter....remember last year :p
  • hopingforbetterhopingforbetter Posts: 20
    edited May 2013
    ^I do!! I will probably remember it forever! :p
  • souravdadasouravdada Posts: 4 College Search & Selection Champion
    edited May 2013
    Why you all discourage her? Out of many applications, MIT application is different and if she is rejected, other applications will take her to her destination. Encourage her to read all the Thesis/Writings written by MIT Admission People, and apply to MIT. At best she will lose some $, but she will get the best experience of her life.
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