4 months ago
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Why did you choose your ivy league school?

I'm a freshman researching some different colleges and I want to work in public policy/government when I'm older and I've heard an ivy league school is one of the best places to get a jumpstart on that goal. Right now, I'm really liking what I've seen about Yale, but I don't want to overlimit myself. I guess what I'm asking is why did you choose your specific school over any other, i.e. staff, programs, idk... Particularly helpful answers would be from sociology students, but anything works. Thank you! :)


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4 months ago

I am a Political Science major. Out of the eight Ivies, Yale is by far the best for my major. It is mostly a humanities school, but it also offers stem courses.

As for “overlimiting yourself,” you are not. The Ivy League is attainable, especially since you are only a Freshman. Your grades before 9th grade aren’t weighted in college applications, so you are starting with a clean slate. If you focus on obtaining good grades in the most rigorous courses offered at your school, then you should maintain above a 3.9 unweighted GPA. Participate in extracurriculars, related to your interests. As a Freshman you should be experimenting with different activities to see what you are interested in. Once you refine your interests, pick a few classes to devote your energy to. That way you could aspire to earn leadership positions in these (impressive to college admissions officers).

Overall, explore. Explore your classes. Explore your interests. Explore possible majors. Explore yourself. Once you know who you are and what you want to do (it’s okay if that takes a while) then one school will feel right. The 8 Ivies suit diverse disciplines and one will suit you, along with plenty of other target and safety schools.

4 months ago

So I’m not super interested in ivies but I consider myself to be fairly knowledgeable.

First of all great government programs aren’t confined to ivies but of the ivies Harvard and Yale are the most well known. But if you don’t want to be in a big city don’t do Harvard no college town don’t do Princeton for example.

If you pick an Ivy school research the career results (average earning job rate etc) and professional assistance (career devolopment center) et cetera.

Just to note all ivies have a good gov program (they are ivies) but they aren’t equal. Harvard Yale Columbia and Princeton are the big(ger) names.

Hope this helps and feel free to comment if you’s like clarification as I’d be more than happy to help!


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