Tuesday, March 16, 2010

MIT applicants encouraged to take heart like Tim Tebow

Didn't get into MIT? Well, Chris, the MIT admissions blogger, has words of encouragement for you and that is to be like Tim Tebow and keep on trying. And it's okay if you cry some too.

And it's nice to know that MIT students look to Gators for strength and encouragement.

"Story of Tim Tebow"

Hey all -

On the night admissions came out (two nights ago), my good friend Steve '11 (freshman ex-roommate) was reminded of the story of Tim Tebow after the decisions were released. I knew about Tebow from talking with Steve many nights (or rather, him talking to me) about football, and I thought it was really a good story, and maybe some of you would enjoy it.

But yeah, that's it. Think of this as some light diversionary reading if you will. Remember Tim's promise.

Best of luck in the weeks ahead! :)



You're probably feeling down right now. You know you'll get over it but you feel like you never will.[1] So if I can offer any advice it's just to emote. Let your psychological immune system kick in. Get off the blogs and let out a few tears. Then watch some awesome YouTube videos Or eat a Vermonster with your friends.

("editor's note:" so for the people that don't know, a vermonster is essentially a gigantic tub of ice cream that you can get at Ben and Jerry's, an ice cream chain that's pretty prevalent in the US - fun fact: it contains 14,000 calories :D but makes for a good bonding ritual followed by heartburn :P)

I'll give you two sentences to stop reading. The rest of this post will be here waiting for you tonight. Kthxbai.

There are two things I want to say.

A lot of events in life-both good and bad-are the products of factors that you cannot control. As Dan's story shows, some things that seem bad turn out to be a blessing in disguise. More importantly, you don't have to go to MIT to be a success. You can go to a community college and still end up at the top of your field.

Now, I hope you don't obsessively dwell on this blog in the future. It's time to move on, so I will bid you adieu with an inspirational true story.

Tim Tebow was the best college football player to ever played the game. That is a fact, not an opinion. He was the first sophomore to win the Heisman Trophy, a two-time national champion, and the most statistically dominant player in history.

Yet last December he was sitting on the sidelines watching Alabama crush his dream of winning a third national title in four years. He started sobbing because he just couldn't choke back the tears (see video). He invested so much in his team, his last season, in the championship run the media said destiny, that he couldn't hold it together.

They say you shouldn't cry over spilt milk. I guess you shouldn't cry over college admissions either, it's not that important in the long run. But even Tebow admits that many things, including academics, are more important than football. That didn't stop "Tebow crying" from becoming the number one Google trend of the day.

Of course, this wasn't the first time Tebow let his team down. A little more than a year earlier he failed to gain crucial first down and it cost his team the game. But that's not the important thing. What happened next is part of college football lore: the promise he made (see video) is etched in stone at the University of Florida.

Tim Tebow could easily be known as the wunderkind who choked when it was 4th and 1 or the baby who drowned the Georgia Dome in tears.

But he's not. He's remembered for picking himself up and making a promise to do better.

As you probably can guess, Florida won 22 consecutive games and the BCS title after Tebow made "The Promise." A few weeks after losing to Alabama, Tebow played the best game of his life in the Sugar Bowl.

Today he is remembered as the greatest not just of our time, but of all time.

Don't let setbacks set you back. Thanks for reading.

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