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No MIT Interview in Delhi this year?

rahul7rahul7 Registered User Posts: 5 New Member
edited February 2013 in India
The MyMIT dashboard says : "Unfortunately, there is not an Educational Counselor assigned to your area; your interview has been waived.

Due to capacity issues, only a limited number of interviews are available in some regions outside of the US. If you live outside the US and your interview is initially waived, you will be notified if an interviewer becomes available and of any applicable deadlines."

I put up in Delhi. No MIT Interview in Delhi this year fellas?
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Replies to: No MIT Interview in Delhi this year?

  • Crystal31Crystal31 Registered User Posts: 339 Member
    Yep, seems like u got lucky :) but I guess its very rare that there is no interviewer in cities like delhi and mumbai..
    Anyways cconngrats and all the best for the application process (:

    Sent from my U20i using CC
  • rahul7rahul7 Registered User Posts: 5 New Member
    Hi crystal21.

    I am afraid because interview was the only way I could express myself and a better way to showcase oneself over plain text on paper!

    What say?!
  • Crystal31Crystal31 Registered User Posts: 339 Member
    Hmm, yeah u can see it that ways too but I guess now you cant do anything, just pray that some one comes to delhi for the interviews..
    I know that for regular decision interviews usually take place some where jan-feb.. So maybe some one could be in town by then :)

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  • rahul7rahul7 Registered User Posts: 5 New Member
    Prayers sustained :)

    Applying to MIT this fall?! From India?
  • idream17idream17 Registered User Posts: 286 Junior Member
    Hey rahul :) As crystal said, the most you can do is wait and hope for interviewers to show up during the months of jan-feb.
    So which all colleges are you applying to apart from MIT?
  • anialwaysanialways Registered User Posts: 1,210 Senior Member
    I personally think you should see this as an advantage. If your application is strong enough in terms of grades, rigor, ECs, LORs, SATs....you are as good as the rest of the applicants. And so there is no role of Interviewer like or dislike. Frankly, in my opinion, if he likes you he cannot push your case but if dislikes you he can negatively affect your chances. So it is better that you miss this one. Also I strongly believe things happen for a reason, always for the better.
  • Crystal31Crystal31 Registered User Posts: 339 Member
    Agree with ^^ things happen for a reason and we should let them happen :)
    I am hs class of 14 so that means next year will be my hectic year! :P
    Rahul, what all uni's are u applying to apart from MIT?

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  • cursingmonkcursingmonk Registered User Posts: 36 Junior Member
    I read somewhere that almost no one gets in without an interview, so this is not a good news.

    May be you can travel to any other cities?
  • dasadhikarikdasadhikarik Registered User Posts: 97 Junior Member
    Yeah, no one gets in without the interview they chuck straight into the bin as soon as it comes in. You know what my MIT interviewer told me? He started with, "This is just a mere formality for me to get to know you." He ended with, "Well, you definitely seem mature enough to make it at MIT. But please note that they rarely take anyone from Japan." (I was an Indian high-schooler living in Japan.) Think about it. What do a few lines from some random graduate from 30 years ago actually contribute to ANY admissions process? If you say that it can demonstrate passion, then I say that any idiot can act passionate for the 1 hour of the interview. And besides, the interviewers are not professionals. They are every-day people with every-day jobs who just got told, "Hey! This is a way to do a favor for your alma mater." Most of these people don't even have any links to MIT anymore. So, stop worrying about the interview, and start worrying how you're going to beg, borrow, or steal and International Olympiad medal by next year. Because if you're Indian, and you don't have one, you can kiss good-bye to the MIT Undergrad program. Cheers.
  • cursingmonkcursingmonk Registered User Posts: 36 Junior Member
    ^ Rubbish. This is a quote from MitChris who is part of their staff:
    we do admit students without interviews, but IIRC the admit rate for students w/out interviews is less than or equal to ~1%. So you should interview.

    Taken from: http://talk.collegeconfidential.com/massachusetts-institute-technology/1232312-do-normal-people-get-into-mit-2.html#post13472288

    I'm interested in hearing if others agree that without an olympiad or something equally stunning, you have no chance as an indian or pakistani.
  • dasadhikarikdasadhikarik Registered User Posts: 97 Junior Member
    When Chris Peterson said that, he was referring to students who were GIVEN the chance to have an interview, but refused to do it. He was NOT referring to students whose interviews were waived. MIT would never do that. It would hurt their goddamn affirmative action program. I bet they don't have any inteviewers in places like Bhutan and Swaziland, from which they take a person once in a blue moon just to say, "Oh! Look at us... We're so diverse. How lovely..." Like I said, stop worrying about the interview, and if you so desperately want to get into MIT, start thinking HOW you're going to get that olympiad medal (or cure cancer AND AIDS--one alone will not do) within the next 6 months. Because unless you come up with a way, Pi day is not going to be a very happy one for pretty much all of you. I'm telling it like it is. Asta la vista.
  • cursingmonkcursingmonk Registered User Posts: 36 Junior Member
    They don't say anywhere that they're talking only about those people who refuse interviews (who would do that?), they're saying overall less than 1% of people get in without interviews.

    Why do you insist that they dont take in anyone without olympiads? Did you apply and have a bad experience? I'm curious.
  • dasadhikarikdasadhikarik Registered User Posts: 97 Junior Member
    ^Are you stupid, or just plain slow? If MIT cannot offer you an interview, it is NOT your fault. They won't hold it against you. They have WAIVED it, and it has ceased to become part of the application process for YOU. Furthermore, like I said, the interview is a negligible, and in my opinion, completely worthless part of the application process. They hardly take it into account, especially for international students.

    And what are you going to even do at this point to get an interview, eh? You cannot contact any interviewer in any other city (if they are even available) without MIT's permission. And I will BET that if you waste the money and call them, they will tell you that you don't have to do the interview.

    And yes, I did apply, and I was rejected. Did I have a bad experience? No. Not when I found out the exact statistics--that 300 people apply, and they take 6-10 (I think it was to the lower end of that range last year). Out of those, I know that at least 4-5 were International Olympiad winners. Let me put it to you straight. When you have a non-English-speaking country which is highly competitive, and pretty much EVERYONE is getting 800s in their SAT subject tests and >2000s on their SATs, and 5s on the hardest APs, how are you going to differentiate between candidates? You have to take the selection process to the next level, and then to the next, and so on, until you can drain out everyone apart from the 6-10 people you can take. And they can't take more, because pretty much all of these top colleges are limited in taking internationals in some way or another by funding arrangements with the American government. I will tell you right now--although I don't know if you're Indian or Pakistani--that it is almost impossible for you to get in without that medal. Do not buy MIT rhetoric. What they all say about "appreciating diversity", and the rest of the BS they use to justify their affirmative action program, is exactly that--BS--at least for the international pool. So, step outside your little box for an instant, and think about the admissions process macroscopically.

    Oh, and another thing. Learn to read and INTERPRET language. If you don't, not only do you not stand a chance in hell for getting into MIT, but you'll have a very tough time just staying alive on your own, wherever you go to college. If I need to quantify for you, then here it is: if you are not an intl. olympiad winner, and a South Asian applicant, you already have <1% chance of getting in. Taking that into consideration, the interview does NOT matter. END OF STORY.
  • dasadhikarikdasadhikarik Registered User Posts: 97 Junior Member
    And with regard to my point about differentiating at the next level, I don't want to hear any stupid arguments about extra-curricular activities and community service, and all that other stuff. We all know that the vast majority of schools/applicants (not only in South Asia, but across the world) are VERY poor in this respect. Unless you've cured cancer AND AIDS in your free time, MIT does not give two s**ts about your cute drama club or your squash playing (if you're in sports, you're going to get trounced by pretty much any American varsity athlete--that's how low the standard for sports is in India, not that I disagree with it). For most of you South Asian MIT applicants out there, you're not going to have anything non-academic on that resume which will make all the MIT adcoms intentionally go, "Oh my god! I've never seen anything like this kid before. S/He is so amazing that we just HAVE to take him/her." All you can do is hope and pray that you somehow get sorted into that <1% of applications that will get you in--and at that point, it isn't worth worrying about something so trivial and inconsequential as the interview. And always remember, it isn't your fault you didn't get in. You are part of a group being discriminated against, as part of a completely opaque process that runs free from government intervention and legal proceedings--not just for you, but for your fellow countrymen in America as well. So, don't worry. And it's not as though most of the interviewers are interesting people either. In fact, most are rather dull--the people who had NOTHING better to do than waste hours of their lives talking to a couple of completely dissimilar people they'll never meet with again, pretty much.
  • PpaayasPpaayas Registered User Posts: 250 Junior Member
    I thought this was a forum where each one had a chance to speak. Let us keep it that way and not vehemently split venom at strangers.
    I do know how badly people might want to get into MIT and how it could be 'bad omen' for anyone to say their chances are few. But no. Don't bash.
    Best of luck. May MIT select you, if you are applying.
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