The Uninteresting Chronicles of a High School Student

March 8, 2010

RSI Rejection Letter

I seemed to have put on hiatus blogging for an extended period of time… My sincerest of apologies. Now that academic work (and AMC 12*) has drained off, I am able to resume this again.

In any case, the proverbial “thin envelope” arrived in the mail today. From what I can see this seems to be the universal rejection form for RSI:



January 5, 2010

Application Breakdown: RSI (Really Selective Institute)

RSI (Research Science Institute) is one of MIT’s three main residential summer programs and apparently one of the most competitive and prestigious in the nation according to Caltech. Hmm, not bad. Not only does the program only accept 80 students, only 50 or so are actually from the US with the 30 remaining slots allocated for foreign students and DoDEA members. College Confidential forumers (who are obviously infallible and omnipotent) claim that about 5% of RSI applicants are accepted annually (does that mean only 1000 people bothered to apply to it in ths US?). That does seem quite formidable for an optimistic estimate, considering that you’re more likely to get into Harvard with their 7% acceptance rate


The Governor’s Lottery of New Jersey

While I would prefer to be lazy and assume my readers know what everything I say refers to, unfortunately not everyone in the world who might read this blog lives in New Jersey. So here is the “selective” summer program in question.


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