Interstellar Adventures

August 23, 2006

Houston…We Have Liftoff

Filed under: Elle & Zed,Mom Life — by InterstellarLass @ 8:20 am

Those words are what my boy hopes to say one day. The last couple of years, when you ask him what he wants to be, he replies “An astronaut or a professional basketball player.”. OK, wide variety there. But at this point, he’s leaning toward astronaut.

Night before last, when I went in to tuck him in, he looked up at me and said “Mom, I have a place I’m thinking about for college.”. But he’s only 11! my brain screamed. Never too early to start thinking though, right? So I asked him where. He looked at me and said “MIT”. I about fell over. I was stunned. “I want to be an astronaut, so I know I need to go to a really good school for math and science.” An astronaut? “Yeah, I want to be the first man on Mars.” I asked where he heard about MIT. “From my dad.” Ah, ok.

So yesterday, I looked up some stats for MIT.

  • 10,443 students applied, 1,495 admitted
  • Eight current faculty members are Nobel laureates.
  • Twenty-three alumni are Nobel laureates.
  • There are 18 MacArthur “Genius Grant” Fellows among current MIT faculty and staff.
  • Thirty-one alumni were selected for astronauts in NASA’s space program.
  • Middle 50% score range of admitted students:
    • SAT I Verbal [690, 770]
    • SAT I Math [740,800]
    • ACT Composite [31, 34]
    • SAT II Math [740, 800]
    • SAT II Science [710, 790]
    • SAT II Humanities [700, 780]

He’s got the brains. I know he does. He’s a super intelligent kid, and for him to ask his dad about really good math/science schools so he can decide where to go shows forethought that I don’t think a lot of kids have. He has always both amazed and frustrated me with the way he thinks. Amazed in that he thinks of things in ways that I would never have considered. Frustrates in that he constantly analyzes everything I say and then questions me. But when he announced his proclamation that he has his sights on MIT, I nearly cried.

Now we just have to instill the discipline to study math and science rather than play computer games with characters like this*.

*Yes, I was playing. I was setting security on his new computer, and I had to check out the sites he wanted on his allowed list.

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