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MIT Pleasure Essay - Rubik's Cube

AbhijeetS 4 / 6
Dec 20, 2009   #1
We know you lead a busy life, full of activities, many of which are required of you. Tell us about something you do for the pleasure of it. (100 words or fewer)

I swiveled my wrists, mentally running through the algorithms and trying to keep the motion of all the pieces of the puzzle in my mind. I slowly opened my eyes hoping that this time would finally be the one. I was overjoyed when I saw in my hands the prize I had been hankering after for nearly a month: I had, after nearly three weeks of practice, solved the Rubik's cube blindfolded. Although most view it as a trivial toy, the Rubik's cube contains worlds of mathematical complexity. It is this intricacy that I enjoy.

I actually just cubing a few months ago, but so far its really been a lot of fun. Is it okay if I list an activity I haven't been doing for very long? This is just a rough draft, so harsh criticism is welcome.
batmankiller 6 / 40
Dec 20, 2009   #2
It's a good answer for 100 words lol. I did my full essay (common app and all) on Rubik's cubing too but I took a different approach to it. So it's nice to see that my favorite toy has such diversity.

I mean it's not very detailed on yourself. But with 100 words it's hard to make it sound interesting and meaningful. I'm not very good with these <150 words short answers as you can tell lol.
yvette 3 / 10
Dec 21, 2009   #3
just like the guy in the pursuit to happiness

it was an intersting read seing how short it was i know how hard it can be
just like a six word story
Ellan 2 / 7
Dec 21, 2009   #4
No, I LOVE the Rubik's cube! And I think the MIT dudes will love it, too!

When you say, "the Rubik's cube contains worlds of mathematical complexity. It is this intricacy that I enjoy," explain WHAT the mathematical complexity is. WHAT intricacy? SPECIFICALLY what do you enjoy about it?

What separates MIT folk from other folk is that they are able to NAME and DISCUSS IN DETAIL those things about math, etc. that they love. (And, I think, what can make you stand out as an applicant would be is if you can explain WHY you love these things)
daisyx3 4 / 17
Dec 21, 2009   #5
very unique and interesting.
i love it :)
you can't expand on the intricacy of mathematics because you have such a short word limit. i like it the way it is
NeoGeo 5 / 11
Dec 23, 2009   #6
I think you do a good job describing an activity you enjoy. There's really not that much you can do in 100 words, so I feel that this essay is more designed to get a feel for what the applicant likes to do rather than the actual impact of that particular activity. Good work!
srandhawa 10 / 157
Dec 23, 2009   #7
i dont know if this is a particuarly unique topic, but i cant really downgrade you on that, only an adcom will determine how interesting it is. I'm not applying to MIT but i have a question, why not do something not math related? Thousands and thousands are going to talk about math related activities such as these and really since there's no way of talking about math intracies in 100 words, i don't know if that's such a great idea. But if you can get across your math passions in other parts of your essays, this would be an interesting time to get across something not math related, that would be a unique type of well balanced thing for you to have. Just my 2 cents, i could be completely wrong, maybe thats a bad idea for MIT, but i will say don't leave this cliffhanger of math intracy, either don't mention it or focus more of your brief 100 words your alloted on it because it just seems like an empty statement that seems like a failed attempt to impress ad coms. Good luck.

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