Three Things they Won’t Tell you to Get into the Ivy League Universities & Other Top Colleges

In 2017, I earned a Bachelors of Science from Berkeley at 19 after just being there for a little under two years. I went on to earn a Masters from Harvard University, and every day at least twice I get asked, “How can I get into the Ivy League and top colleges — without bribing ”

The simple answer is that getting into school is a game, and the problem with so many people is that they do not truly understand the rules of the game. Everyone can tell you to have a good essay, great grades, and good extracurricular activities, but very few people will tell you the truth of the matter. These schools are looking for specific qualities, traits, and personalities, and the best way to show them you belong and get in is to START EARLY and NAIL this checklist!

Originally I started The Daily Nickel to help people overcome the obstacles of stress, anxiety, and so much more when they’re in college, but it has become clear to me that it isn’t just a struggle to be in college it is a struggle to get into college.

So…Here are the three things most people won’t tell you about the college admissions process and what you need to do to get in.

1. They are a brand and they are trying to maintain that brand. Schools like Harvard, Princeton, Yale, Berkeley, Stanford, and so many others have spent the better part of 100 years trying to develop and maintain a brand. They are more than just schools, they have all become a beacon of a lifestyle. Go to one of these schools and suddenly your life is shifted on a fast track and path you could have never expected it to be on. The Ivy Leagues brand now is an excellent education, an alumni network that can open any door, and a production factory for the world's movers and shakers. These are the three things that you have to nail within your application. You need to show that you are a good student, but not just with your grades. Tell them what you do that challenges your opinions and thoughts on life. Then you need to tell them how you plan on being a critical part of their alumni network, you do this by telling them what you intend to do for a job in life, and how you plan on contributing to the community. Finally, you need to tell them how you intend to change the world and how you’ve done it already. No need for major changes, maybe you started something that helps the elderly in your community or started a canned food drive at a school that didn’t have one.

2. A Passionate Person is Better than a “Doer.” Let me define “doer” here a “doer” is the guy/girl that takes on working at the mayor's office on the weekend, does three sports, is president of the student body, and when you ask him/her why they tell you they just love it. This is not going to get anyone at the Ivy League or top colleges saying, “YES…YES…YES.” What is though is someone that is passionate about what they do, and what they love. Be passionate about something, for example, if you love soccer show it. Don’t just play the sport, volunteer to help a little league instead of helping the homeless, and then set up a club that discusses soccer. The best thing you can do is to be passionate about something and let that passion shine through in multiple areas, it is easy to like someone that says they love it because of “X,” but it’s hard to believe someone when they say they love everything.

3. Movers and Shakers. This one is going to sound familiar, but it is by far the most important thing that nobody will tell you, and that is why I’m bringing it up another time. You need to remember who sits in the class of Ivy League graduates, 16 Presidents of the United States, multiple Supreme Court Justices, Senators, Major CEOs, and the leaders of some of the world’s largest non-profits. The Ivy League Universities love to say that they produce the leaders of tomorrow and in a way it is true, but what they won’t say is that they are making an investment in the entering classes. Like the stock market, the Ivy League accepts students that seem to be a solid investment in their future, and produce a good return. The return doesn’t have to be a literal check to the school one day, but it does have to be something that will give them great advertisements, a higher moral ground, and anything that will make them look good. So how can they gage these types of things, it has to do with the interview, the traits you present on the application, and the general person your teachers make you out to be. All three of these things are key to the entrance of one of these schools. So many people don’t take these things seriously, but they need to be looked at. Make sure teachers know you as long as they can, make sure you present yourself as a strong and powerful person at the interview, don’t be rude but don’t belittle your “elite” standing either, and lastly make sure your traits of leadership and grandness come out in the application.

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