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I am sorry to hear that your initial meeting was cancelled and hope all turns out okay with the EC. We are a bit backed up on answering those questions, so have a bit of patience. I am an EC since last year. I have met several interesting candidates with a wide range of pursuits. When the candidate has in fact thought about the longer term, the ensuing discussion is even richer, as well as rewarding for me!

For me, this is insight into how current passions might get translated into lifelong avocations. I have a problem — I e-mailed to my appointed EC twice, but he has not answered me since. The first mail I sent was more than a month ago, so I thought it was still too early.

But the second was two weeks ago, and there is still no reply. I have an urgent problem. I live in Maine, so I had an interview with Mr. Openshaw came up to me, and we shook hands. Openshaw and I sat down in his office and just talked. It seemed completely informal other than the questions he asked. We had so much in common, which helped. I have to say that having the interview with him made me want to go to MIT even more.

In fact, I was reluctant to leave. I wanted to talk to him about it more, but the time was pretty much up. Moral of the story: If you would prefer to call, you can call about the interview at this number: Our ECs are all very nice and will be as accommodating as they can, even if you contact them after the deadline.

I want to have informations about this institute of technology and I want to be admitted in it. I missed the deadline date due to being out ofthe country for short while. Can I still get the interview with EC. I have not been assigned any EC so far. I have been an EC for 8 years. In my experience, I really would prefer that an applicant NOT bring anything to show me. I once had someone insist on showing me a video that he had created. Other times, people want me to have a resume or some kind of CV.

The interview is a chance for the applicant to tell me something interesting. What do you like? I really want to know. Also, for the parents, please let your child do all the talking until the EC asks you to be part of the interview.

I give the parents a ton of stuff to look at all the pamphlets, information booklets, and whatnot, that MIT sends to us , so they should not be bored. Or, they could just listen to the interview. This is the chance for your child to shine, give them the spotlight. I would love to go to MIT on day. I want to make the most of my high school years as I possibly can. Does anyone have any tips on what I can do for the next four years to maximize my chances of admission? Here are my suggestions on how to prepare for the interview: Review the ways in which you spend your time.

What do you enjoy doing most? Inside or outside of school. Think about why you like to do these activities. What is it about them?

Gleaned from countless sources now available, you realize we are seeking gifted students with both breadth and depth. Then just sprinkle in charm, humor, and, oh yes, leadership skills. Yes, yes, there is a disappointingly low admit rate. But the numbers are the numbers. What we may realize more than you at this point is that the mythical person described above just does not exist. If they did, they would probably be an insufferable bore. Now maybe some of you think I just described you perfectly.

If so, you should consider the fact that when I say insufferable bore, I might be talking about you. In my opinion, it will work against you. Remember that should you go to this challenging school and become all that we hope you can, that you will have failures along the way, have lulls in your progression, pauses that slow you down but also get you to think, to introspect, and possibly to learn.

Just like the marks in leather, these flaws make you YOU, give you character, make you unique, and bestow on you your humanity. BTW, the dirtiest secret is that all of us are ourselves quite flawed, and if you appear perfect it is liable just to piss us off. So relax when you prepare to meet us, and when you fill out your essays.

Preparing is not for now, you have been preparing for seventeen years. But lowering your guard might be a good idea. Just my two cents. And check out the thoughts on the interview posted by Matt , Mitra , and Stu. Aside from that, I find this a very helpful post showing that interviews are truly to just put a face and personality to an application. Thanks for your input Mr.

Thanks for your post. Looking back on my EC interview about a month ago , I can really identify with your message. Wow, I feel a great load has come off of my chest. This makes me feel a lot more confident of my ability to make it into MIT. Thanks for the info Mr. I, for one, am I strong supporter of the interview. I believe that it is an outstanding opportunity to convey the many facets of your life that may not be quantified or adequately expressed on paper. Best of luck with interviews to all the applicants!

I recently completed an interview with another school that, I hope, went really well, so I identified with a lot of the messages you were conveying! Although you had me going for a little bit with your description of the perfect student! Keep up the encouarging work! Nice posting from Matt. Anyway, just my lame addition from an EC to the vast populace reading this blog. Everyone, thanks for the kind words and comments. And Laura, thanks for the co-blogger support! But I have a little point to add: I was hoping for questions, and anything goes.

In fact, nobody — even adults — is perfect. And, as John said, if everybody were perfect, how insufferably boring life would be!

Yes we can give you the name of an EC living closer to you in Singapore. It sounds like for you this will make things much easier. For others who may wish to do this, you can do the same as Ying Wei. But, do this only if it is much more convenient for you.

And i have a question to ask: According to my knowledge, usually students who live in Malaysia are arranged to have interview in Kuala Lumpur. However, the state i live is much more nearer to Singapore, so can i arrange an interview in Singapore if i cant get an EC living in my state?

Glad in your case yours went well. The advantage of this is we get to know the schools, advisors, campus cultures, and so forth. We live in the community so we know the town well. Alas, if you apply from my schools, you come to me …. But you must admit, it is hard to make a second first impression! The interviews, in that way, are different that the SATs, which are organized to allow students to retake. Just remember to go and get to know your EC: We are here to help with the application process.

I encourage them to contact me for whatever advice or questions they might have. As for some perspective on the application essay, I will post something early next week that might help. So, not too worried. What I am worried about is what to write in My essay.

But the word limit really is troublesome. Or should we be inbetween and bring one or two things to an interview? I see no reason to bring any supporting materials. Just stop in for a chat and get to know yout EC. Those are for you application, not the interview. As an EC, I wanted to talk about something that has come up in several interviews. I call them little tragedies.

Sometimes, the interviewee sneezes or mispronounces a word, or mixes up a concept, or perhaps gently spills some drinking water, which I always provide. The MIT prospect gets very nervous about these little things, and it is important to emphasize and reassure them that these are not the determinants of whether or not a student gets into MIT.

It is the culmination of a year academic and extracurricular program initiatives that matter, as well as their passion and personality Take the time to reinforce that a nervous cough, or the need to have a question repeated is unimportant and not a factor in their selection.

We all need reassurance and these wonderful kids we meet can always use a touch of empathy. Most students have such a document by senior year. I might have a dozen interviews in an especially busy year.

So I took an old MIT handout written by Bonnie Kellerman yes, we actually used paper in those days and have expanded on it and posted it online for prospective students. Check it out and please email me suggestions on how to improve it at http: The hard part training, working hard is over, and now is the time to relax and enjoy the experience you have worked for.

Good to keep in mind. I think it is advice well taken. I have occasionally seen summary sheets and they ARE helpful. No one has brought me a yo-yo yet and that would be fun too, I must admit. If you are reading this, going to an interview, and feel like being helpful, then bring something should you have it.