I am currently a Junior in High School and I plan on applying for MIT. I wanted to know what some requirements are so I can make the best of my senior year. One big thing I'm worried about is that I have pretty much no Extra Curricular activities and I think this might really hurt me. If the need is that great I might take Academic Decathlon and Guitar (I think that one counts) next year and if I have to, one other one.
I know MIT likes well-rounded students and I consider myself pretty well-rounded excelling in arts (both computer and physical), music (I play guitar and compose music on the computer), math and science (Of course), and although I am not especially fond of english and history, I'm not bad at them. My computer skills are well above any of my peers including self-taught computer programming, graphic design (2D and 3D incl. Animation), audio and other computer related fields and my knowledge in Science and Math extends well above my school's current curriculum (always has) so that should be a plus.
Anyway, I was also wondering if community service play a role. My CAD teacher (Who is practically a career counselor) has told us countless times that it is a must so I have somewhat decent amount done, but if it's really important, I'd like to get some more. As far as my classes go, I have taken 2 AP sciences and I plan on taking AP Physics next year (Chem I and II I'll have taken). I am currently in Pre-Calc which is too easy, but my teacher wants me to take Calc-1 and get me to take the BC exam next year since I'm ahead of the class (waaay ahead). I have been in AP English all 3 years and will be in it next year. I also plan on taking AP Government (My first and only AP social studies). I am currently in Spanish I and will take Spanish II so I was wondering if a minimum of a 3rd level foreign language is required. If it is, I don't know what I'm going to do...
My accumulative GPA is going to be 3.958 unweighted and 4.208 weighted by the end of this year (At least that's what I speculate) and by my senior year I predict it should be about 3.969 unweighted and 4.344 weighted if all goes well. I'm not sure how much those extra decimals matter but if they round up it should be a 4.0 unweighted. My class rank is currently 6 out of 275 and I'm hoping to move up a few places by graduation. One thing I'm worried about though is the fact that my High School (Belen Senior High) in New Mexico is not exactly considered to be the most prestigious of the lot to give an understatement on the situation, but I'm hoping my being in the AP program might help out.
I have taken my PSAT's and have not received scores yet and I'm not sure if will be anytime soon. I will be taking my ACT's soon and I plan on taking the SAT's. My competency exams are well above the norm of even the high ranking students so I'm hoping those tests will be the same. I will be taking several AP exam tests before I graduate such as the English, Chemistry, Calculus, and any other related ones. So that's no worry. My academic performance is excellent but I want to be sure I have all the things it takes to have a chance at being accepted to MIT. I'm one of those kids always at the top of every class who everyone thinks I can get into any college I want, but I'm not letting that get my hopes too high so I need to know what it takes, especially with how hard I've heard it was to get into MIT.
I would like to know if there is anything else I should cover before it's too late. I would especially like some insight as to any Scholarships and/or Financial Aid programs that MIT offers. I'm not in the best of financial situations to put it lightly so any financial aid info/requirements would be of interest especially since I'm applying out of state. Thank you for your time, any info would be greatly appreciated.
P.S. While I'm here, I'd like to hear some opinions about how you guys think I will do over there and what I expect. I am a very academic student and I ALWAYS get my work done so I'll most likely be able to bear the huge amount of work I'm expecting. 12 hours a day isn't THAT bad I guess. Then again, I've always been that student that understands everything when it's taught and almost never has to study for tests, but that might not be so much the case in such a challenging school, especially considering the High School I'm in... On another note, I might be getting an apartment outside the school rather than I dorm if I could so I was wondering what the pros/cons of that would be...