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My school doesn't really offer any clubs or extracurriculars. This might affect my chances for the ivies. What do I do?

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I am currently studying my last year of high school and I am soon going to take my IGCSEs'. My school is very serious about academics, which means I am not allowed to even form any clubs. Unfortunately, due to COVID 19, I am unable to participate in any competition in my local area. I am passionate about Computer science, quantum mechanics and Business. But I am open to trying other extracurricular options that would benefit me even more, to get into an ivy league. I have thought about starting a small business but I lacked in obtaining the resources so I was unable to start one. I would really appreciate your help if I can get as many suggestions as possible regarding this, thank you.


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So it seems to me you are an international applicant as such most schools are a lot more understanding about lack of opportunities. The best advice I have is to be aggressively pursuing community based activities or non school based activities. For example I have a blog and am part of a youth group with my congregation. There are many other community based or non school based ECs of course so seek something out that is preferably major related (doesn’t have to be) but is more importantly meaningful/impactful for you.

Also I don’t want to be a dream killer but don’t rely on ivies to get into college/university especially as an international applicant. A lot of elite schools whether public or private will admit a well qualified academic applicant even if your ECs aren’t great. So there is light at the end of the tunnel.

Hope this helps and please comment if you need clarification as I’d be happy to help!

Best of luck!

Also I wish to clarify the elite school is semi subjective but I’m generally talking about schools ranked 50-100 as research schools and top 15ish to top 30 liberal arts schools. Very rule of thumb-y. Also elite in terms of academics.
I agree - it’s great to shoot for the stars but you should be realistic and have a school of 10+ schools that are all different ranks. it will be incredibly tough to get into an ivy but there are a lot of still “good” schools that will be a lot easier to get into :)