Well I really wanted to have an interview. Sadly my interview was waved off by the admissions office. I sent an email to firstname.lastname@example.org requesting a Skype interview, but I received no response. Okay, I have been to a lot of interviews (Scholarships, National Olympiads etc...). Usually the interviewer asks the student for an introduction, and blah blah blah... then comes what; why. Well by now you have a pretty good picture of me, yet still, I am 19, crazy, differently weird, full of life, and fun. You'd think I am a perfect MIT applicant with all the required stuff preached my students, or the stuff on college confidential chances and stats. Ironically, I am far from perfect. In pursuit of my passion, I have made an ass of myself, many times. I am more proud of my failures than my success. I have failed a lot, more than I could keep count; but I have recovered from my every failure, and turned them into success in some way.
When I was learning Electricity& magnetism practically, I conducted an experiment at my physics club. It was a simple one with 2 rods, a lot of electromagnets and a lot of car batteries. I wired (long wire) the rods to 2 batteries, and placed them in a line perpendicular to magnets on both sides. One of the rods was fixed with plastic hinges, so as to reduce grounding. I arranged the 2nd rod in such a way that it always got repelled by both the 1st rod, and the magnets (when the magnet, and the 2nd rod are co-linear). 1ST round: just the 2 rods. As I increased the current in both the rods, their repulsion increased (simple physics). 2nd round: I placed electromagnets in a circle. I increased the current in the rods, and the magnets equally. The 2nd rod started to vibrate, as if trying to go straight to the ceiling, as I magnets repelled it from moving anywhere. As I removed the electromagnet co-linear to the 2nd rod, the rod throttled like a rocket in the direction. As per above concept, I thought E=MC^ (2) was flawed. Imagine "me" disproving Einstein; I was overjoyed. I then spent the next 7 months on designing a way to do it. I finally thought of a perfectly engineered cyclotron. The night before I was going to submit my research, I discovered that cyclotrons can only accelerate charges to 10% of speed of light (the magnets go out of phase). There I was, stuck by lightning. All my 7 months of whining gone bad. I thought of klystron; it could accelerate till 80% of speed of light. Einstein escaped!
But did you know what happened? I was happy, if not jubilant. I FAILED! But, those 7 months of research made nuclear physics my sweet heart. I discovered that high energy nuclear physics could be useful in developing nuclear fusion, and enhancing fission. Moreover I learnt about the bombarding of neutrons into noble gases release more energy than nuclear fusion using tritium, and deuterium. For example: helium-3, xenon-130(hypothetical as of today). If my expectation is right Ununoctium or radon would produce tremendous energy, far greater than humanly imaginable.It lead me to my 2nd high school, where is study humanities, and subsequently to MIT application. Boo-Yeah; I went against my parents, and all other living beings that I know of and have thoroughly discovered my true passion- nuclear physics and engineering.
Next you would ask why MIT? My answer - I don't want to struggle alone anymore. I was always discouraged by almost every (including my parents) - one except by my physics teacher. Trust me; it's too hard to do something when people are always nagging you. My mom repeatedly irritates me by saying " All your class-mates are in their sophomore year, here in India, but you are just sitting around saying passion, passion"; passion is not going to feed you son. What can I do? I can never do something I don't love. This is why I want to be surrounded by people who are similar to me, yet unique in his/her way. I want to be in a place where people are nice, encouraging, and think about unimaginable stuff and work for it, for a better world. Even now, I should be studying for my AP exams, but I am enjoying "The making of the Atomic Bomb" by Richard Rhodes. This is how weird I am. Probably half-hour interview is over, so until next time ADIOS! (Spanish good bye...lol)