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jthandy
jthandy
Massachusetts Institute of Technology ‘18
BS, Mechanical Engineering

Profile Overview

Profile contains
  • Test Scores
  • High School Performance
  • Extracurriculars & Awards
  • Personal statement
  • 5 supplemental essays
  • 5 advice topics

Student Background

Studying Mechanical Engineering at MIT
From: Mooresville , North Carolina
Gender: Male
Race/Ethnicity: White Non-Hispanic
Legacy: No
Admission: Early Action
Applied To: 2 schools
Accepted At: MIT, NC State
Denied At:
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Withdrew From:
Is English First Language: Yes

Test Scores

2030
SAT
33
ACT
Converted SAT Score: 1430
Highest SAT: 2030
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High School Performance

3.85
GPA
Top 5%
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High School Type: Public
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Academic Performance in High School: Steady
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Extracurriculars & Awards

Sports: Track & Field
Extracurricular Activities: Beta Club, Science Club/Team, Science Club/Team, Nonprofit, NGO or Charitable Organization
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College Application Essays

I am fascinated with how and why things work; I have disassembled and reassembled everything from microwaves to Mazda’s, from Toyota’s to toasters for curiosity’s sake. I love to improve things, whether it be modifying and maintaining cars or upgrading a dated computer with the latest processor or graphics card. I enjoy creating and designing everything from basic computer programs to go karts and motorized mountain bikes. I am an inventive, adaptable, earnest and persevering individual who...



Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
130 Words
We know you lead a busy life, full of activities, many of which are required of you. Tell us about something you do simply for the pleasure of it. Cars are my passion. When I was ten years old, my parents bought me a plastic model of a combustion engine and I've been fascinated with engines of all types ever since. In my early teens I started to put small motors into bicycles, which led to building go karts and...



Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
127 Words
Although you may not yet know what you want to major in, which department or program at MIT appeals to you and why? While at Engineering camp at Olin this past summer I had the opportunity to spend parts of two days on the MIT campus, see the facilities as well as have an MIT graduate student come to Olin and teach us about radio control. Through that experience I learned about MIT's flexible engineering degree program. I have a...



Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
293 Words
What attribute of your personality are you most proud of, and how has it impacted your life so far? This could be your creativity, effective leadership, sense of humor, integrity, or anything else you’d like to tell us about I'm proud of my strong work ethic. I learned early on that hard work is crucial for success. When I was 13 I attempted to motorize my mountain bike. There were clearance issues, wiring and fuel issues, as well as how...





Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
270 Words
Describe the world you come from; for example, your family, clubs, school, community, city, or town. How has that world shaped your dreams and aspirations? It all started in 1620 when my great, great, great, great, great grandfather, John Howland, fell off the Mayflower. There was a turbulent storm, and he was blown off the side of the ship into the frigid waters of the Atlantic ocean below. He managed to swim to and grab a hold of a rope from...





Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
301 Words
Tell us about the most significant challenge you’ve faced or something important that didn’t go according to plan. How did you manage the situation? One of the biggest challenges I have faced is dating a vegan girl. Okay, not really, but I do enjoy a good, rare steak which doesn't fly with her at dinner. We met at an International Baccalaureate school and that's where real challenges occurred. It was a brand new program fraught with the usual...





Additional Essay Details:
26 Words
This sounds very cliche, but just be yourself. Don't try to write an essay in a style that isn't yours, it just comes out feeling awkward.

College Admissions Advice

What set me apart from other applicants
52 Words
I think the biggest thing that made me stand out as an applicant was my wealth...





Most popular extracurricular activities at my college
53 Words
The most popular extracurricular activities at MIT are project based clubs. I am very involved in...





My extracurricular activities in college, and why I chose them
104 Words
I am very involved in MIT's electric vehicle team and somewhat involved in my dorm's house government. I have always had a passion for working on cars and wanted to apply...





My favorite course thus far, and why
79 Words
The course I've enjoyed the most so far at MIT has been differential equations. I have always loved mathematics and this class was no...





What I now know about my school that I never would have known prior to enrolling
68 Words
Everyone knows MIT is hard. That being said, I was caught of guard but just how demanding MIT can be....