# wonderin' bout colleges....

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• 03-15-2003
RoD
I dont even think anyone on cprogramming is in MIT...
• 03-15-2003
jverkoey
what's a backwards hasher? i'll try it if i know what it is...unless it's impossibly hard to make......lol
• 03-16-2003
Silvercord
I'd like to know what a backward's hasher is as well.
• 03-16-2003
RoD
Well it hashes...in reverse :D
• 03-16-2003
Terrance11
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Originally posted by Silvercord
I'd like to know what a backward's hasher is as well.
A reverse hasher
• 03-16-2003
Dalren
A reverse hasher, for those who don't seem to get the joke is impossible. Hash functions are many to one functions.

Given F(x) is your hash function, F(a) could equal F(b) because of this it is impossible to determine X given the output of F(X). So if you someone created something that could reverse say an MD5 hash to its original value, MIT would let you in in a second.
• 03-16-2003
kermi3
There are a lot og things more important than just programming to get in somewhere like MIT.\

First, get good grades, not just in sciences, maths, computers etc, in as many subjects as you can.

Third, keep taking honors and AP classes.

Forth: Get involved in things, sports clubs whatever. This doesn't mean join everyone you can, pick one or two, maybe three, and be committed to them, work hard on them (ENJOY THEM!!!!!!), and eventually take leadership positions in them.

Fifth: Work hard on your SATs/ACTs and get good scores, practice practice pracitce.

Sixth: When the time comes work hard on your eassays, they can about your charector.

7th: Make sure MIT knows you're intrested, starting soon or next year call their admissions office to get them to send you info, visist the school if you can, get and interview whatever, get to know them and let them get to know you.

Finally: HAVE FUN IN HIGH SCHOOL! You'll develop charector etc that schools like, and more importantly, it only comes once, love it while you can!

Hope that helps, it may not be perfect, I'm not a college admissions person. But that's been ym expirence and whatI've been told. Good Luck!
• 03-18-2003
CompiledMonkey
To get into a quality school like MIT, you'll need to bust your ass in HS. Not just computer and math related classes either, everything. You'll probably need around a 4.0 and a 1400 on your SATs. I'm not sure about the ACTs. My advice would be to concentrate on your school work instead of programming. MIT doesn't take you because you know how to code, they take you because your background (HS grades) shows you can learn how to code and think like the best. MIT is a school, so they want to teach. Don't try and go in knowing everything. It probably won't impress them.
• 03-18-2003
Terrance11
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Originally posted by CompiledMonkey
To get into a quality school like MIT, you'll need to bust your ass in HS. Not just computer and math related classes either, everything. You'll probably need around a 4.0 and a 1400 on your SATs. I'm not sure about the ACTs. My advice would be to concentrate on your school work instead of programming. MIT doesn't take you because you know how to code, they take you because your background (HS grades) shows you can learn how to code and think like the best. MIT is a school, so they want to teach. Don't try and go in knowing everything. It probably won't impress them.
4.0 and a 1400 on your SAT's is probably what a college like University of Virginia would require to get in, not MIT.

My suggestion is to stick with programming, join clubs, and try to get some leadership roles within your high school.

Colleges look at more than just grades. They want individuals who are leaders, who know how to stand out in a crowd, and who show persistence and hard work. A 4.0 gpa and a 1600 SAT alone will get you into most colleges, but not necessarily MIT.

Good luck
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