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The top universities in the country, including the Ivy League, seek students who exemplify extraordinary leadership abilities. We work closely with our students to develop their extracurricular “hook” or edge, which presents a strong candidacy for admission. Should you be well rounded, or should you be focused? How do you present a strong story in your application that would capture the eyes of the admissions officers?

At IvyCollegeAdmit, we work closely with our students to explore different extracurricular interests so that they can develop their profile and present a strong case for admission in their applications. Many of our students have taken advantage of significant leadership opportunities in and out of high school, have become president or founder of various organizations and nonprofits, and seek to inspire others around them to share the mission they’ve become incredibly passionate about. Some criteria Ivy Leagues seek, but are not limited to:

  • What is the quality of your activities? Do you appear to have a genuine commitment or leadership role?
  • Have you been stretching yourself?
  • In terms of extracurricular, athletic, community, or family commitments, have you taken full advantage of opportunities?
  • What have you learned from your interests? What have you done with your interests? How have you achieved results? With what success or failure? What have you learned as a result?
  • What about your maturity, character, leadership, self-confidence, sense of humor, energy, concern for others, and grace under pressure?
  • Do you have initiative? Are you a self-starter? What motivates you?
  • Do you have a direction yet? What is it? If not, are you exploring many things?
  • What sort of human being are you now? What sort of human being will you be in the future?

Not only do you have to garner these leadership positions to present a strong case for admission, but students also need to showcase how the “inner thinker” in them and how they approach the world through their personal lens in the essays. The essays, or personal statements, are your opportunity to exemplify the characteristics that admissions officers want see in a potential candidate, and executing those well is a paramount part of this process.

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