I am applying to MIT (among other universities) for undergraduate studies under "Regular Decision" and I have been assigned an interviewer. My friend also applied to MIT, but under Early Action, and his interview was waived. I was wondering what this meant for him and me (his admissions result hasn't come yet). I was previously under the impression that all applicants had an equal chance of being offered an interview, and that the primary reason for not getting the opportunity to put this personal touch to the application was usually the unavailability of an MIT EC (education counselor) in the applicant's local area. My friend lives a stone's throw away from me. So what could be going on here? On a side note, how should I approach the interview itself? I've contacted my EC a few days ago and I've not heard from him yet. I'm getting butterflies in my stomach ever since I emailed him. I REALLY want to get in (despite knowing that it's is basically crapshoot and it doesn't matter what "stellar" achievements you've earned), but I'm still nervous and unsure as to how the whole thing will go. Tbh, I've never done such an interview in my life, and I sometimes find myself in a pessimistic state, questioning my stupid desire, wanting to toss my useless title of "national topper" into the trashcan. I'm afraid I'll screw up and not be myself, and I definitely don't want the EC to walk away with a bad impression. I want him to know that I have a burning desire to make my existence worthwhile. I want him to know that I will pursue my interests with all the ferocity and zeal in the world, that I'm not all flash no substance, and that I will relentlessly keep working towards my aspirations and dreams to turn them into reality and leave my mark behind. But I doubt I'll have the nerve to say all this under that massive pressure What do I do?