Ever since 5 months ago, after I found out that the blogs on mitadmissions.org existed, I’ve been reading and rereading through them nonstop. The blogs and the people behind them really helped humanize MIT for me, and the values of MIT are things I really really respect: their willingness to understand applicants and students, the supportiveness that radiates off of the blogs and anecdotes from people there, etc. Their admissions process too (although very very selective and rough in general) seems super humanized, and beyond the 4.0 and 1500+, they really focus on personality. MIT also really emphasizes that ‘work hard play hard’ mentality.
But Caltech just seems so… otherworldly. On another level. It seems like it has rocketed past MIT in terms of intimidation. It seems like everyone there is doing problem sets in their sleep and developing new physics theorems in the shower while simultaneously drinking and eating purely multivariable calculus. It seems like their professors are radioactive or know ESP or something. They are all level 1000 woke. I don’t think Caltech is real.
But seriously, will someone humanize Caltech for me? For real though, all of their applicants seem like ISEF winners and Nobel Prize laureates with published research at the age of 5.