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January 2nd, 2018, 11:31 AM   #1
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Accepted at Caltech - what should I do to be best prepared?

I am a high school senior.

I applied Early Action to Caltech and got accepted. I want to study math and physics there. I'm pretty excited but also want to make sure I am ready when I get there. I'm still waiting on hearing from Harvard, Princeton, Stanford, and Berkeley as I only applied to them in the regular round, but I'm kinda leaning towards Caltech.

I just finished taking an analysis course at a local liberal arts college known for its math and physics rigor and I am registered to take a linear algebra class there in spring. The analysis class was obviously proof-based, so I think I have a pretty good grounding in writing proofs.

I know that Caltech is known for its rigor and difficulty. I'm not worried about it too much but at the same time, I want to be as prepared as possible, as I have some time over the next 6 months to devote to some extra study.

Any advice from anyone who has been to Caltech? I have heard over and over that it is going to be hard work for anyone getting there, regardless of their readiness, but I feel that's all the more reason to be as prepared as possible.

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Ahh- you just posted this to brag!
well done!

You sound as if you are well prepared- you might want to see if you can find out what text books will be used in your first courses, buy them now, and start working on them.
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Ahh- you just posted this to brag!
well done!

You sound as if you are well prepared- you might want to see if you can find out what text books will be used in your first courses, buy them now, and start working on them.
Sorry for the late post! I got busy and forgot that I posted on this forum.

Yes, I have located the books as well as the lecture notes and am working through them. I have covered most of the analysis already, so it is straightforward. I suspect the linear algebra is probably ok as well.

Thank you! No bragging here!

I got into Caltech and Berkeley. Waitlisted at Stanford, MIT and Princeton. Not accepted at Harvard. So, it was a mixed bag, but Caltech, MIT and Stanford were my top 3 choices, so I am glad I got into one of them.
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