Talk with IIT Topper in MIT: Fees, Scholarships | Chitraang Murdia
I had no plans to go to MIT. I got to know about MIT (transfer) when I was in my first year at IIT. Is it their culture, people, students or the projects. What’s the most unique thing about MIT? IIT has a great start up culture People at MIT make assure that people here want to do research at MIT. Very Strong and Competitive Research environment I can tell you about myself. I don’t do anything other than studying. Then Evening Lunch with friends, hanging around Evening Homework and then sound sleep I had a quiet boring life. What about entertainment in your free time? I didn’t have much free time as I was taking too many classes. (7 classes) These days: cooking Little bit socializing. Going out for parties. Dinner etc I have heard that Parents with less income get need blind scholarship easily (100% covers tuition) Because middle class family student cannot afford this expensive education So what’s the total expenses at MIT after need-blind scholarship. It is every student’s dream to land at the best university in the world. But the process is quite expensive. SAT (exams, application etc) Total Expenses=1Lakh What’s your opinion in making it more affordable? Many students don’t know but they give you a fee waiver if you can’t afford the application cost Even you can get it waived for SAT scores Email the department that you can’t afford My tip: SBI gives 4.5 Lakh student loan without any asset or collateral . so you don’ have to take if you get all the costs waived off Students have a dream to study abroad after high school Quite confusing decision.Transfer vs MS vs College Freshman My opinion: go for the most achievable option first and then the next one. What’s your opinion? Transfer has the least acceptance rate. only 2 to 3 students go to MIT as Transfer applicant Do it in a way that if you want to US or MIT then apply as freshman as transfer. Don’t try to get into IIT If your parents don’t agree then go for PhD or MS in US For example after high school you might not have a lot of national achievements making it more difficult to go to MIT But only 20 to 25 students get into Olympiads (good rank and achievements) The allot few seats for every country People go to IITs mainly for High Paid jobs.CS has the highest salary. How did you come to know that your passion is research as compared to IIT job How and when did you got to know that Research is your real passion as compared to Technical job? I was always interested in Research. My interest naturally got converted to a tangible material that might not be possible for everyone Since I was in IIT I knew that I want to go for MS or PhD sometime Then I realized that I don’t like CS. I liked Physics. So I quit IIT and then went to MIT For others I really can’t tell. But try to explore more passion and fields. I think you figured out things in your high school itself. because other school kids don’t know what they want to do in their career.They just care about high salary You went deep into the concepts and explore a lot of passions and fields and then figured out My parents were open. They let me do what I wanted to do Do what you love. For example my younger brother he likes playing squash so they let him do it. He doesn’t like studying Do what you love always. Love what you do. You will figure out things easily then I have seen MIT is full of nerds. Even in the corridoor always talk about academics. All Work and no play sometimes. Are they in a rush to complete their degree? They feel like getting done quickly and get started with jobs etc Did you get this feeling? It depends. I knew that I love academia so I wasn’t in a rush. I will always be doing research so I don’t care about getting done quickly. But job oriented people always want to get done I didn’t rush. I took my 4 years But many student rush to 3 to 3.5 years. so it makes sense to be in a rush for job oriented people So no in my case Generally in US the requirement is not that much. Not a lot of courses You can easily graduate in 3 years (Undergrad) Yeah i took my 4 years. I wish i could take longer. It was fun You they have extra without National achievements that they could reach MIT Sometimes the field you want to go for has less competition for example, aerospace engineering 10th and 12th marks don’t make u stand out For example astrophysics can make you stand out Why didn’t you apply in high school instead of going to IIT first. you already said that freshman has more chances, then why? Transfer (2 to 3 go from India only) I had no plans to go to MIT, I got to know about it in my first year at IIT I didn’t have any achievements in12th. JEE rank and olympiad both happened after 12th. I enjoyed JEE preparation.That’s why I wasn’t disappointed preparing for IIT but I was at IIT itself cuz I didn’t like CS What was the reason behind?