We’ve been making fun of college brochures for years on the pages of this blog. So many parents and students believe that because they receive a brochure from a college, it means that college is actually interested in them. It means that student actually has a shot of getting in. This is not at all the case. Highly selective colleges simply want students to apply — even unqualified ones. So they will send brochures to anyone with a reasonably existing pulse. But anyhow, we came across a letter that a high school student sent to the dean of admissions at MIT, Michael C. Benhke that we figured we’d share with our reader base. The first thing that comes to mind when reading the student’s letter is that this student has absolutely way too much time on his hands!
The note the student, John Morgan, sent to MIT was in response to this letter that he received: “Dear John, You’ve got the grades. Youv’e certainly got the PSAT scores. And now you’ve got a letter from MIT. Maybe you’re surprised. Most students would be. But you’re not most students. And that’s exactly why I urge you to consider carefully one of the most selective universities in America. The level of potential reflected in your performance is a powerful indicator that you might well be an excellent candidate for MIT. It certainly got my attention. Engineering’s not for you? No problem. It may surprise you to learn we offer more than 40 major fields of study…” The letter goes on and on.
So what’d John write back, you ask? He wrote this: “Dear Michael, You’ve got the reputation. You’ve certainly got the pomposity. And now you’ve got a letter from John Morgan. Maybe you’re surprised. Most universities would be. But you’re not most universities. And that’s exactly why I urge you to carefully consider one of the most selective students in America, so selective that he will choose only *one* of the thousands of accredited universities in the country. The level of pomposity and lack of tact reflected in your letter is a powerful indicator that your august institution might well be a possibility for John Morgan’s future education. It certainly got my attention! Don’t want Bio-Chem students? No problem. It may surprise you to learn that my interests cover over 400 fields of study…”
You get the idea. If you want to check out the full letter to MIT’s dean of admission, you can check it out here. While cute, we don’t advise sending these kinds of letters. John did point out that MIT’s letter had a rather obnoxious tone, but what good does that do him? None. But we hope it made him giggle.