Q&A: Mohammed Hijaz (12)


Mohammed Hijaz (12, far right) poses with friends in front of his future college. Hijaz was one out of 1,511 applicants accepted into Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Ashley Robinson

Q: When did you find out that you were accepted to Massachusetts Institute of Technology?

A: There’s actually a specific day to [find out if you were accepted]. They tell everyone on Pi Day, which is March 14.

Q: How did you feel?

A: I couldn’t even feel myself; I was so excited. I was at the point of excitement where you don’t even know that you’re on Earth anymore. You feel like you’re in the sky. I started jumping around and my parents started jumping around. It was just a really happy experience learning that I was accepted.

Q: How did you find out that you were accepted?

A: I found out through a student terminal that [MIT] runs. You go on and you don’t even have to click ‘OK’. As soon as you put in your information it just tells you whether you were accepted or not.

Q: Why do you want to go to MIT?

A: I want to go to MIT because I really want to do research and bioengineering and they have a really good engineering program over there, one of the best in the world. It was a dream to go there, but now that I see myself going there I know that I’ll be able to make a living off of what I learn there.

Q: Why do you think that you were accepted over other students?

A: I personally know that I put in a lot of hard work to diversify my portfolio. I did a lot of academic clubs, extracurricular activities, played sports and even more clubs. I kept up my grades and I did really well on my math and science scores on my SAT and ACT. Overall I think that I’m very personable and that I nailed my interview that I processed to them.

Q: What are your plans concerning your future?

A: My plans include getting an undergraduate degree in bioengineering. I might apply to John Hopkins Medical School or maybe Harvard’s medical school and do something in engineering.