Radhika Ghosal
Feb 12, 2015 · 3 min read
Accidentally written on Valentine’s Day.

Edit 2: It’s been a while since I wrote this and now that I look at it in retrospect, it does read a bit childishly. Nevertheless, it’s a relic of 17 year-old me, so must be appreciated as such.

Edit: I wrote this for the adcoms at MIT and sent it in my February Updates form as an unlisted post, after being deferred Early Action.

Got rejected this time around, so making this public now.

As I wrote in my ‘Aspect of Personality’ essay, I deal with unfortunate situations through writing web-comics and self-deprecating humour.

Yes, I’m sending the world’s greatest technical institution a manifesto filled with misshapen stick figures, rather than a beautiful, eloquently-written letter.

Go figure.

Three years back, Professor Anant Agarwal and his chainsaw demo on noise reduction in digital circuits on MITx 6.002x, made a 14 year-old fall in love with this institution and its giant sliding blackboards, but more importantly, electronics. I may never be a part of MIT, but a little bit of MIT will always be a part of me.

It’s made me who I am.

I appreciate your taking the time to read this. Thank you.

This isn’t a goodbye letter. It doesn’t have to be.

As dismal as they may be, I hope to beat the odds. On Pi Day, I’ll be up all night to Get Lucky again.

Yours sincerely,

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