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    I'm going to an interview as a part of my application to MIT in two weeks. Anything in particular I should know or do? It said I could bring things or a portfolio. What kind of things should I bring, if I bring anything at all?

    Arg.
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    Nice. Definitely not surprised to hear that. Good luck. I dunno much about MIT application process though.

    But Cal Tech is good too. My good friend is getting his PhD in biology there, so let me know if you have any questions about that too.

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    Sorry I have nothing to offfer other than be yourself and rock on.

    That is awsome.

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    Any kind of awards or certificates you've won/earned, anything that would demonstrate your abilities or accomplishments. Possibly something you've made, if it's very good and required a lot of technical skill to create.

    I'm not sure, though, but that's my best guess.

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    Wow, MIT?

    Good luck yo!

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    Don't tell them you like to smoke pot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by avolkiteshvara View Post
    Don't tell them you like to smoke pot.
    I'll take note of that.

    I'm guessing I also shouldn't show up to the interview high?
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    It has been a long time, but I believe you'll be meeting an MIT Alumn.

    What Athenian advised is good. But including writing you've done, (especially if short) would be good as well.

    Be confident and composed, yet humble. (I, personally, was sweating bullets, and came off as really arrogant to boot--don't do that.)

    Let your record stand as it is. Make no excuses for a weak point on your record. If (s)he asks you about it, state what you think about it, maybe give a reason, and state how you've improved (will improve). However, in general you don't want to dwell on it.

    Be interested and knowledgeable about the program you are going to enter. Ask a lot of questions about how MIT life was for the Alumn. Ask for general advice.

    Answer the questions asked truthfully. Having been an interviewer in other situations, I can tell you that it is really obvious when someone is embellishing.

    Accept the past. Live for the present. Look forward to the future.
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    There are two things that most worry me:

    1. the describe yourself question, which is apparently inevitably in all interviews.

    2. Should I bring my knitted projects? I do have he schematics of the doll I'm working on right now, and it's mostly finished. I designed it myself, but I don't know if that's what they're looking for.
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    have you checked out the MIT bloggers? MIT pays students to blog. they are likely a goldmine of resources.
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