Okay so this isn’t your typical chance me post, which is why I won’t be giving too many details. I just want to know whether I should bother spending my time and energy on the MIT app despite my dip in grades…or whether, taking precedent into consideration, I will be screened off immediately
Intended Major(s): Either Physics/Electrical Engineering/Robotics
For context: I study in a British system with IGCSE/O levels and A levels. We do not have a GPA system. Rather Internal school exams (Mid term and a final) before we give our final board exam from Cambridge.
I got 12 A*s and 1 A in O level finals. However, with the pandemic and certain household problems the past 2 years, my grades have dipped in the first year of A levels (the second year of A levels is the equivalent to senior year of high school)
I take A level Physics, Chemistry, Math, Further Math, Computer Science and World History.
In my Mid terms i received 3 A*s, 1 A, 1B, 1C
In my finals I got 3 A*s, 3Bs
These are obviously less than perfect and considering the competitiveness of a school like MIT I’m doubtful whether I should spend my energy on this application and maybe focus on other schools?
I will be giving my SAT in August, plus I am confident my Mid term grades for senior year will be really good since my family issues have been sorted out.
For ECs, I have the passion/own initiative leadership thing all set plus some international competitions/awards and national ones too. I have the second top most position in the Student Council while also being the VP of the science society and founder of the robotics society. There is a chance I may land a research internship in one of the most prestigious unis of our country although that is not at all confirmed at this point. I am however working on my own research, though I doubt it will get published any time soon, especially with no mentor
I’ve also spent alot of time doing MUNs/organising National Competitions/tutoring, for free mostly/familial responsibilities/interning at NGOs/writing for my instagram writing account/doing media related projects
I have been offered a spot on the national team for the International Linguistics Olympiad and International Young Physicist Tournament but could not go due to financial restrictions. The same goes for summer programs. I am also working on my Makers portfolio for robotics although nothing too spectacular.
essentially as far as ECs go, I’ve taken up every opportunity I possibly could have within my financial/family background.
For letters of rec, I’m not expecting my teachers to say I was consistent, because I was not, but generally they view me as empathetic, kind, helpful, the most active in class participation, extremely curious, and always challenging ideas trying to get to the bottom of stuff.
So, do you think, keeping my grades in mind. I would be immediately screened off, or is there still a chance if I’m able to explain my struggles during the pandemic adequately.