6 answers

What's the best advice you have for me if I'm planning to apply to ivy league or comparable schools?

6
100% of 6 Pros
Updated Viewed 45 times Translate

I'm a rising senior and I've started writing my applications. What is something I should know or something I should do to help myself be as successful as possible? #july20 #college #collegeapplication #advice

6
100% of 6 Pros

6 answers

Cindie’s Answer

1
100% of 1 Students
Updated Translate
Hi Dilara. First, though laudable that you have such ambition, it is my recommendation is that you not attend an Ivy League school. A) They're incredibly expensive for the value that you receive; perhaps if you get a full scholarship, this point is nil. B) It is highly unlikely that you will be challenged to think for yourself, but to conform to the prevailing group think. Even in non-Ivy league schools there is a danger of the latter so be very careful about your choice of school. Regardless of the choice of an Ivy league school or not, your essay will be impressive if it is well-written (i.e. good grammar, correct spelling, organization) and describes a vision of where you see yourself and how you think the school will help you in that regard. Equally important is to reflect on how the school will benefit by matriculating you. Schools want students that will bring credibility and honor to their institution so that other students will want to come to their school and achieve equal or better success as future graduates. Describe your strengths, what is unique about you and how that will benefit the school.

I wish you all the best in your endeavors.

“Every man made disaster begins when one man [allows another to think for him/her]. However benevolent [it seems], the ultimate outcome is tyranny.”
― John Kramer, Blythe
1
100% of 1 Students

EmilyAnn’s Answer

1
100% of 1 Students
Updated Translate
I would say find something about yourself that really sets you apart from others and run with it. These schools are getting thousands of applications and most are top students with great GPAs and involvement.

My best advice, though, would be to expand your search beyond Ivy Leagues. Like others said, they are incredibly expensive for the value. While you may have a great experience and education at one of these schools, that isn't to say other smaller/more affordable won't provide the same. At the end of the day, you should be looking for a place where you will get a good education and has an environment that will support your growth and development as a student and emerging professional. In my experience, I got into a few top rated private schools, and ultimately chose to go to my state school. Not only am I getting a great education and love my school's environment and culture, I am so glad to not have huge student loans on my shoulders that I would have had going to some of those other schools. At the end of the day, it's really what you make of it, and the name of the school will do very little in the eyes of a future employer.
1
100% of 1 Students

Aaron’s Answer

1
100% of 1 Students
Updated Translate
From what I know, top schools are looking to create an experience for their students where they can be exposed to other people with a lot of different backgrounds, skills, perspectives, etc. My recommendation would be to focus your essays on what makes you unique so that you can stand out instead of blending in with everyone else.
1
100% of 1 Students

Caroline’s Answer

1
100% of 1 Students
Updated Translate
Be yourself! Write your essay something that you are passionate about and that will shine through. I'm sure Ivy's are also looking for top grades, involvement in extracurricular activities (with a leadership position if you can), and may also conduct an interview! I would recommend researching the school you apply to and see if any particular program or aspect of that school appeals to you and you could highlight in the application
1
100% of 1 Students

Mona’s Answer

1
100% of 1 Students
Updated Translate
My recommendation would be have a very strong personal essay, make it memorable, believable, maybe something that has inspired you or taught you an important life lesson. Make sure it is well written and provides a unique point of view.
1
100% of 1 Students

Elle’s Answer

0
Updated Translate
Top grades, top recommendations, a compelling essay and LUCK!
0