- Be Born Into the Right Family
This is called benefiting from the legacy tip. Oh yes, you may be your class valedictorian and biting your nails over college acceptances but the boy who might just have made it by a hair into the top 50% of your class and who has the right surname is as cool as cucumber. Why? If you are the favored son or daughter of four generations of Yale alumni then you have nothing to worry about. The accomplishments of your granddad or dad will tip the scales in your favor right into the acceptance stack. Surely you have heard of George W. Bush. Know where he went? Yale of course, and what about his dad and his granddad? GO YALE! If you think I’m kidding check out Yale Daily News which confirms that “about 15 percent of the class of 2010 had parents or grandparents who attended Yale.” Now, if you have an aristocratic name and don’t know where your grandfather went to college or better yet if you don’t know your grandfather, head over to genealogy.com and see if you can find him. Maybe he went to Yale, Harvard,
- Be or Become a Minority
Don’t leave genealogy.com just yet. In case you didn’t find that your grandfather had any Ivy League blue blood maybe he or even his father did have some latino or negro blood. Careful now, if he trekked from Asia to the
- Sell Yourself Like an Internet Marketing Guru
You will have to submit an essay or personal statement with your application. You will have to treat this like how you treat marketing any business. Have you ever seen some of those make money online sites with banners screaming “Want to know how I made $1,000,000.00 in a Day, Sign up!” You need to grab the attention of those jaded college admissions officers in the same way. Now don’t bother getting out the sharpie or making fancy colorful, Photoshop designs; what I mean is that you have to write an essay that presents you as special, unique, distinctive and you have to start from the get go. So you must open your essay with a bang, just like those internet banners. For God’s sake do not write about your journey into the hell of heroin addiction or of your struggle with schizophrenia or some other mental illness. If you just can’t figure how to make yourself look like the brilliant writer whose exceptional life makes you a stellar example deserving of a
These guidelines should set you in good stead to achieve your stated goal. There will be several other hurdles to surmount like teacher recommendations and interviews, but I am sure that now you have a feel for the process you can attack those on your own. Remember you are not doing this for yourself alone, you are doing it for God, for your country and for the Ivy league. Once again may good fortune shine upon you on your journey.