Major: Mechanical engineering
I was born and raised in Ramallah, Palestine. Throughout my life, my family has experienced hardships of many kinds, including financial. When the time came to move on to college, my choices were limited and the whole idea of attending school abroad didn’t seem to be one of them. I applied to MIT thinking there was no chance I would ever be accepted, but I was.
After being admitted, I faced an even bigger problem: where would I get almost $50,000 to pay for my expenses and tuition? My family was incredibly happy for me that I was admitted to MIT, but they had to be honest with me, and so with great pain they told me that they could never afford to pay for my studies. My only hope was to wait for MIT's Student Financial Services to decide what my financial aid package would include. During that waiting period, I thought every night of the possible outcomes. Even if they offered me 90 percent of my expenses, I still wouldn't be able to go since I knew that my family couldn't pay anything.
A month later, I found out that I received an amazing financial aid package that covers all of my expenses. It was like a dream come true. I guess taking that chance a couple of months ago was worth it. My advice to any talented high school student with the idea that MIT is out of his reach is that you should definitely apply to MIT because MIT will do whatever it can to make your dream come true. I am a sophomore now and I still fear that one day I will wake up from this amazing dream.