MIT has a a series of cool programs proceeding the school year called the "Freshman Pre-Orientation Programs" or FPOP (because everything at MIT is an acronym). There's an application process (which of course involves essays) for each program. Some of the essays are quite entertaining though! I applied for several FPOPS, which included Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Kayaking, and Leadership. I found out today that I was accpeted to one! And it was my first choice! YAY!