|Students who got into Yale say:|
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| | I was busy all the time doing different things- basically always volunteering, working, etc. besides doing well academically. Most importantly, I focused on one activity and innovated new programs for the field.
It's largely luck. If you are within a certain range of test scores and grades, it is all based off where you live, what race you are, and what you spent your non-academic time doing. You can have the greatest 'hook' in the world, and be rejected because someone else has the same hook and also is able to play concert-level clarinet. Just try to appear unique, and hope for the best.
| History/Histories (art history/etc.)|
| Jul 12 2005 | I think I had it pretty easy. This isn't really because I am any smarter than people that are here. Rather, it was luck and strategy. I had a chance to attend Exeter but I chose not to. I wanted to stay close to my hometown friends and frankly, I did not really care about the quality of my high school education. Unlike those smart, brilliant kids who went to competitive schools (private and public alike), I didn't have to worry about cut-throat competition. I did just enough to get an A or A-. Instead of filling my schedule with meaningless AP courses, I took an occasional art or music class with no GPA boost. While many of my peers skipped lunch to take another AP/Honors course, I had lunch and ran an a cappella group (ironically, I am not involved with the a cappella scene here, which is quite big). Granted I still ended up taking 8 AP courses and 9 AP exams, but I was definitely known as the slacker of the bunch. I think I was ranked 13 or 14 out of 500 when I graduated, but I was the only one to get an offer of admission from Yale or Harvard. I really think that this is because I was able to show character through my transcript. My essay was ok and my extracurricular activities were average. I had good test scores but at least three people in my high school class had near-perfect scores and higher ranks. Take a look at your transcript. Does it say something about you? Or is it just a compilation of difficult classes? Sounds nice having gone to Yale, but not when you are manager of a fast food mart. Their career services are pretty bad, but at least I make decent money myself. Yale cares about getting you in, and then forgets about you.