Every IB student does it. Writing your Extended Essay is unavoidable. This doesn’t mean, however, that there aren’t a few bumps along the way. I find the process of writing an EE goes like this for most people:
Starting strong is always a good position to be in. You’ve got your idea set. You’ve started your reading. What could possibly go wrong?
You’ve got a plan. Okay it might be pretty basic for an Extended Essay, but at least it’s something to work from, eh?
3. Break time
You’ve been working on your Extended Essay for a few hours now. Definitely time to take a break. You’ll only be a few hours watching Netflix, right?
4. Start work on other IAs- managing your time effectively…
Okay, so it’s been a few weeks since you worked on your Extended Essay. It’s fine though, you’ve been doing other stuff. Those IA wouldn’t be writing themselves. Time management is a keep ingredient of being an IB student…
5. Speak to your friends about their EEs
They all seem pretty far ahead. Am I missing something? Is the Extended Essay deadline closer that you thought?
6. Check deadline
It’s okay to. Honestly!
The realisation dawns on you that the only way to solve this situation is to get writing!
10. And finally—Celebrate!
I promise you, the feeling of handing in your completed Extended Essay is worth it!
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Although not explicitly stated, MIT is using this prompt to combine two commonly asked questions: “Why X Major?” and “Why MIT?” As with the previous essay, there’s no room to provide too detailed of an explanation, but you must still briefly justify your response. The key word here is “why.”
If you’re interested in chemistry but are also looking into a career in pharmaceutical manufacturing, you might write about your interests in MIT’s chemical engineering program. Or if you’re interested in economics, you can praise MIT’s Sloan School of Management, analyzing the ways in which the school will help you hone in and develop your leadership skills. If you want to conduct research in a STEM field, mentioning the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) and citing some specific projects can be a great way to highlight your interests.
For those looking to study EECS, you can discuss the appeal of MIT’s new curriculum, which offers more flexibility and independence for undergraduate students. Perhaps when compared to other campuses, you find that MIT offers a stronger entrepreneurial culture, a quality that you find necessary for your academic success. If you have hopes of one day launching your own startup or designing your own program, now would be a great time to mention the program’s emphasis on entrepreneurship.
Writing about your long-term goals and connecting them back to MIT’s academic culture (demonstrated through EECS example) is a very strong way to approach this prompt, as it answers both “Why X Major?” and “Why MIT?” Avoid vague answers such as “MIT is known for its excellent STEM programs” or “the Sloan School of Management is among the best in the nation” — these types of answers do not answer the prompt nor do they highlight your interest in the school.
No matter what major you intend on studying, remember to show admission officers how you plan to take advantage of MIT’s academic programs. Is there a specific professor you want to conduct research under? Is there a specific course you’re really excited to take? If so, mention it! There’s no need to write a creative response to this prompt; the best approach is to be straightforward and specific.