College Decision Pokemon Stats












See also: How We Made Our College Decisions https://docs.google.com/document/d/1g6oSERf6I5aHgMj3cJsTtFC8E-AjHWRERCOR2I1B2dA/edit?hl=en&authkey=CIS3wf0L#
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You should definitely note that this is undergrad. As a matter of course things are radically different in grad. For one, Princeton barely has a grad school. - H.







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T=Technical









NT=Non-technical
MIT
Stanford
Yale
Harvard
Caltech
Princeton
Berkeley












Baseline










Entrepreneurship
10
10

7





Sleep
3
8

7





Research Opportunities
10
8

5





Awesome Conversations
9T/5NT
7T/7NT

8T/10NT





Passion for Material
8T/3NT
7T/7NT

5T/9NT





Cool Academic Events
8T/4NT
7T/7NT

5T/10NT





Awesome Projects
10T
7T/6NT

3T/8NT















Hyper Mode (if you
use the Force)
(i.e. put effort into finding stuff/planning
and strategizing)






Entrepreneurship
10+
10+

7




shouldnt sleep decrease in hypermode? -eric. By hyper mode, I don't necessarily mean hyper activation; but instead hyper strategizing
Sleep
8
10

9





Research Opportunities
10+
10

7




MIT econ?
Awesome Conversations
10T/6NT (+2 philosophy)
9T/9NT

9T/10NT





Passion for Material
10T/6NT (+2 philosophy)
9T/8NT

6T/10NT





Cool Academic Events
10T/6NT (+2 philosophy)
9T/8NT

8T/10NT





Awesome Projects
10T/6NT (+2 art)
9T/9NT

7T/10NT















Life/Social








Stanford Quizbowl sucks so much
Academic Clubs
10T/4NT
8T/8NT

5T/10NT





Other Clubs
9
9

9





Athletic Opportunities
8Rec/6Var
10Rec/10Var

8Rec/7Var





Parties
10
9

5





Dorms
8-10
6Frosh/8Upper

10





Food
3-9
10

8Frosh/10Upper





City
10
5

10





Nature
5-7
9

5-7





Architecture
7 (w/Boston)
6

8 (w/Boston)















Attitude
Self-righteously busy + SCIENCE IS AWESOME ~ xkcd
Self-righteously chill + effortlessly smart, dude

Cool fascination + I am a boss at life!














How did you choose?
See also: How We Made Our College Decisions
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1g6oSERf6I5aHgMj3cJsTtFC8E-AjHWRERCOR2I1B2dA/edit?hl=en&authkey=CIS3wf0L#








Major/interests

Deciding between (Short list)

Chosen School

Why (Click on cell to view comment, right-click to insert comment)







electrical engineering/computer science + English literature
Stanford, Harvard, MIT
MIT
[1]






Electrical Engineering/Computer Science (Microcontroller)
Stanford, Yale, MIT








Something with bio in it
Stanford, Princeton, Caltech
Stanford
[2]






Computer Science, Math
Stanford, MIT, Caltech
Stanford





[1] Regardless of My decision, college is like one giant sleepover/party/robotics team meeting/lit mag meeting/programming club meeting/science Museum visit/art museum visit that is going to be incredible as long as I continue to frame it right and act as I have in high school. Torrey Pines is absolutely incredible, and I will carry forward the attitudes, connections, and insights I developed their no matter what. I want to go to the place that has the resources, professors, opportunities, and other students who are most able to do things I couldn't Do but wanted to do while I was in high school. While I don't match the profile for MIT best (I think I was the best match for Stanford), I hypothesize that I can gain the most value at of the subset of resources I can mobilize at MIT. Moreover, worse comes to worst, I can cross register half my class at Harvard and become an English literature major at one of the best humanities schools in the world. Besides, I have my whole life to become a better writer -- this skill doesn't wither away but only grows, but I only have a limited window of time in which I can really do tech at my peak. MIT has the critical mass of tech people That you can run into the right people randomly. I made some of my best connections by simply bumping into people in the hallway or the student center or in PE class. just today, for instance, my Floors graduate resident tutor, who is a materials scientist Had a question about parallel competition via graphics cards in Mathematica, and I was able to help them answer it, along with another guy from four who knows a lot about the theory of computation, and another guy at my floor who has an intense machine with a powerful GPU. Stuff just happens here because there's so many competent people -- ideas get implemented, companies get founded, new technologies get developed. MIT had a much stronger electrical engineering bent than Stanford -- almost everyone is computer science or symbolic systems at Stanford; while I love both of these subject areas (symbolic systems is computer science plus neuroscience effectively), I'd be missing the electrical engineering side of my education which I very much value -- programmable logic architectures are one of my favorite things, and circuit design is incredibly fun/cool. Additionally, my Intel STSproject involved FPGA design which I learned almost exclusively from MIT open courseware. Stanford's "Where on the same subject was much weaker, and moreover it would be even harder to find the community interested in this stuff there. I'll never get off the West Coast if I go to Stanford -- I'd love to go there for grad school at the very least, and ultimately intended to return to California. There are plenty of people who suffer and are overworked and barely squeak by MIT, but when you have your own ideas and visions, the same seemingly inescapable rules of failure don't apply to you. For instance, you're usually not supposed to be able to cross register as a first year student, but since I had a pointed set of reasons to take the class on consciousness I'm currently cross registering at Harvard, I was able to Successfully petition to do so. I will have unique experiences at MIT that I would have no chance of elsewhere. I would always wonder what it would have been like to take a more extreme option. Well, I can safely say that MIT is pretty extreme; while every day is not like CPW of course, I think that last weekend really gives you a sense of the ridiculous stuff that can happen when this very self-selected group of people puts their heads together. The real people to look for MIT are those who either applied early and then didn't attempt any other school, and those who chose MIT over other top-notch schools. These are the motivated, driven people who are extremely happy to be here and see the rewards of the place. Those who got only into MIT of the top schools sometimes Get Depressed about the experience. If you are concerned about the very real potential for having a bad time under the Bunsen burner Of MIT, look not for the people who are screaming Because Their lab coats are on fire, but instead for those who are driving the reactions of their Studies/plans to glorious completion using the immense power There is to channel here. There's plenty of stuff to do outside academics -- take up windsurfing, sailing, ice skating, rock climbing, soccer, breakdancing, anything! It's nice to have a low entry barrier to sports teams due to the school's non-focus on them; if you're interested in the sport, you can probably work your way into it. Also, MIT is the party Central of Boston/Cambridge and the surrounding region. This should not be a concern at all Remember all those projects you wanted to do in high school but couldn't find anyone else to talk to about them/mentor you on them? Well now you have All the equipment, support, and enthusiasm you need (If not always the time) to dream and act big. I'm not sure what your current decision is between, but given your interests, I would probably say MIT/Stanford are the best two matches for your profile. I didn't even apply to Yale myself because of its Comparatively weak engineering program All this said,said, college for me is a hypothesis, I'm not sure if MIT was the right decision. I'm not sure if Stanford would have been a right decision. Maybe I should've gone to some other different school entirely. I think about what my life would have been like if I'd made a different choice very frequently. But I think that MIT is a hypothesis worth testing: I'm going to see how awesome I can make College if I pit my mental Faculties Against the task. My current pursuits involve many tech related Research/entrepreneurial projects, as well as Studying the neurobiology of consciousness, and writing a screenplay and a book. Regardless, the wrong attitude to take is "I can't go wrong" -- instead, their attitude to take is "I can make college awesome everywhere". being passive about it will get you nowhere no matter what your decision. So if you visit campus and see clubs /Activities/Events that you'd be jumping out of your seat excited to join right now, then the school is probably worth considering. If you can't, that's a major red flag.
[2] Syncretic opportunities are best handled and best received in an atmosphere which is diverse, skilled in everything: biology, even in its most analytic forms, does not brook narrow-minded problem-specific analysis: that's for the taxonomers. -H
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