Two Flemish brothers are accepted into prestigious U.S. university
According to their mother, Robin and Michael Demyttenaere are just two ordinary boys, yet somehow they managed to beat the odds and both gained a place at the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Michael is going into his final year and his brother Robin is starting his first year.
When asked why he thought that the MIT had accepted both boys, Michael answered that “having good grades isn’t everything; you need to be involved in other extracurricular activities because the admission officers really look at how you can contribute to MIT”.
He praised his former high school in Brussels, St John’s International School, for giving him “necessary and professional guidance” when he needed it. He added that the IB program is effective because it encourages students to apply the concepts that they learn instead of just regurgitating them.
Robin insisted that it was both boys’ drive to succeed that had helped them to be accepted by the MIT, as well as knowing that they could practise their hobbies at a high level, which in Michael’s case is volleyball. He added that having his older brother already at the university would make the transition from life in Europe to life in the US much easier.
Finding something that sets you apart from other applicants is vital and can make you stand out for the entrance officers, said Michael, adding that: “nevertheless, it’s also important to keep things in perspective. The application process is very competitive and getting accepted is never a sure thing.”