Any MIT students/graduates here?

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  1. abdmom

    abdmom DIS Veteran

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    Abilities in languages and maths are definitely related. Both are based on learning a system and applying that system. I'm a science PhD who has studied multiple languages and was generally at the top of my class - except for Mandarin - whose pictograms are more like art than anything else.
     
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  3. Bilberry

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    I don't know if it will be of help for what is being looked for, but last month kicked off the beginning of some MIT online courses along with Harvard. I was surprised at how many people signed up to participate. Possibly the courses could give a feel of what to expect. Early on, from what I've read of online teaching, many of the courses seem to be offered for free or request a modest fee.

    "Harvard Is Now Online"

    http://blogs.the-american-interest.com/wrm/2012/10/15/harvard-is-now-online/

    excerpt:

     
  4. gina2000

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    Check out Carnegie Mellon. It's a real computer think tank and ranked third behind MIT and Stamford (if you pay attention to USW&NR).
     
  5. Gumbo4x4

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    I wasn't debating, either. Just so ya know :)
     
  6. Gumbo4x4

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    The Ivy League in general is rapidly gaining a reputation for producing so-so results in REAL education. I've seen two different articles in the past couple of years showing Univeristy of Texas (among others) whipping Harvard pretty much across the board.
     
  7. crashbb

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    Maybe for some. In my family, both my father and I are math people (my PhD is math/science) and both are not good at language acquisition, whereas, my mother and brother (especially my mother) are absolutely rubbish at math but pick up languages easily.

    I don't think it is fair to say that being good at math means you are good at languages or that being good at math means that you are bad at languages.
     
  8. laura.anne

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    I agree. I can read Latin (which is a very analytical, logical language) fluently, but my math skills are severely lacking.
     
  9. topolino

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    Yes, I repeat, it seems to be often the case where someone is strong in math/science but weak in languages, and vice versa.

    Maybe the poster who disagrees just happens to be strong in both?
     
  10. java

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    My son goes to school in Boston. His interaction with students has been that Harvard med students great friendly kids, MIT hilarious friendly nerds, Harvard undergrad, um not so much.

    Top 2 from my son's school both were rejected from MIT, accepted at Harvard, went to Notre Dame. Student that placed 3rd got accepted to MIT but got a better financial deal someplace else so he took it. He was incredibly involved in Science and language clubs as well.

    Point being acceptance can be random, being number one doesn't score you a
    free pass. After he takes his SAT's he will have a better window into his chances.
     
  11. chris1gill

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    Can't disagree there. One of our seniors was accepted but chose Harvard instead. He had a 4.2 average with several AP courses, five's in every one, perfect SAT scores and a cross country runner.... My son's friend is waiting on his result right now, just about the same academics but no athletics, although more academic camps... so we'll see... you can't count on it no matter who you are and no matter what your grades or scores.
     
  12. Tinijocaro

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    Reporting back on my ds who also applied (early action). His ACT score was 34, his SAT was 1510, with his English being the higher of the two combined scores (perfect). He got deferred, which means he will have to apply with the regular admissions.
     
  13. LBIJim

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    I once worked with a woman who got her degree from MIT majoring in one of the humanities. As long as you can hack the tough science and math courses, you can get a great liberal arts education there too.

    Jim
     

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