Dylan Brooks, a Senior at Circleville High School, was recently accepted to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Founded in 1861, MIT is dedicated to advancing scientific knowledge and education in the 21st century and is known for a multitude of scientific breakthroughs, such as the first chemical synthesis of penicillin and vitamin A. Dylan is involved in a number of activities and clubs through Circleville High School including Math Club, Key Club, the Drug Free Club, In the Know, National Honor Society, Book Club, and Battle over Books. Dylan also participates in several athletic activities through the cross country team, the track and field team, and the tennis team, as well as being involved in arts programs through both marching and concert band. Outside of school, Dylan volunteers at the local Filling Station and takes ballroom dance lessons once a week.
Currently, Dylan has a GPA of 4.50; however, he is expected to reach a GPA of 4.60 by the end of this school year. Although he applied both at Purdue University as well as the University of Minnesota, Dylan chose to attend MIT for a number of reasons. “First, it was a goal I set for myself in 6th grade. Second, I believe they can offer opportunities that other universities cannot when it comes to engineering. Third, I love to be in an environment of such strongly motivated and passionate people; I find that surrounding yourself with others who are like you want to be helps bring out the best in you.”
In previous years, MIT has received applications rates as high as 20,000 with only 1,200 applicants accepted, making the acceptance rate approximately 7%. Dylan says that “This year my educational counselor assigned to me by MIT told me that approximately 1 out of every 16 who applied was accepted and that I was the only Central Ohio student accepted that he is aware of. A total of 10 students from Ohio have reported an acceptance.” To make these statistics even more impressive, Dylan is the first high school senior to be accepted to MIT from Pickaway County since 1970—a total of 48 years!
At MIT, Dylan intends to study electrical engineering with a double major in either mechanical or environmental engineering. Dylan would love to have a career in the renewable energy field, particularly solar energy, and plans to eventually own his own business. After he graduates MIT, Dylan plans to move wherever his job takes him. Since he would like to work in the solar field, he may find himself somewhere out west; however, he would prefer to stay in the east. Although Dylan is not familiar with the area and will not have any family nearby, he hopes to become more acquainted with the vicinity during his campus preview weekend April 12-14.
Currently, Dylan does not have any plans for the summer, but wants to spend the time with his friends before they go their separate ways. Freshmen orientation begins August 27, and is scheduled to leave for move-in a week before that date. Although Dylan is unsure whether or not he will be back next summer, depending on potential summer jobs and internship opportunities, Dylan would love to make it back to Circleville for the occasional Pumpkin Show when he gets the chance.