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How do i get into stanford?

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Replies to: How do i get into stanford?

  • DoenerDoener Registered User Posts: 280 Junior Member
    LOL 10char
  • LaggingLagging Registered User Posts: 1,162 Senior Member
    There's more to life than worrying about college! Geeze, middle schoolers shouldn't even think about college. I didn't until halfway through junior year, and I'm glad.

    If you spend your entire high school career (and apparently some of middle school too) trying to get into Stanford you won't be happy and will come to realize you've wasted a good part of your life. You don't want to come to graduation day and think back on four years and realize you missed out on an experience that only happens once in your life.

    Go to parties, get grounded, hang out with friends, be crazy and get a B, break the dress code, sneak out, support your sports teams, get kicked out of the library for being too loud, be a kid! Graduate high school without regretting missing out on and not experiencing four of the most important years of your life.
  • tseliottttseliottt Registered User Posts: 147 Junior Member
    Write an autobiography, get it published, and tell Stanford that you wrote the most uninteresting autobiography in existence. That should give you a leg up.
  • qwerrtyuiopqwerrtyuiop Registered User Posts: 1 New Member
    i know this might be a little but i think i can help. I am also and 8th grader and want to go to stanford. as i am quite not as smart as you sound i think im in the same boat. i noticed your username is tigersfan.... as in detroit tigers? if so that means you live near the detroit metro area as i do, i would recomend Going to IA, international academy, as it is an IB school. If you go here and do well you can pretty much write your ticket to any school in the country. i hope this helps
  • MatthewW12MatthewW12 Registered User Posts: 176 Junior Member
    If highschool is the most fun you have in your life lagging then you have a pretty sad life.
  • dsi411dsi411 Registered User Posts: 2,323 Senior Member
    You all should consider that some people aren't going to have a fun high school career no matter what. For the OP, all you need to do is take challenging classes(and do well in them) , get good test scores, and have nice ECs. That's it. By the way I'm a freshman in high school.
  • calvin12341calvin12341 Registered User Posts: 88 Junior Member
    edited April 2014
    1. You don't need to go to a top high School.
    2. Avoid IB if you live in the US because AP allows you to customize your schedule more and prepares you much better for the SAT subject tests. Plus if you go full IB like me you have to write a 20 page essay on a topic of your choosing. Not fun...(only mention this because someone brought it up)

    Oh and you should not be worried about this yet. Just stop reading college confidental right now!


  • cardinal1895cardinal1895 Registered User Posts: 3 New Member
    I think its great that you are already thinking ahead! I remember 7th grade I was just carefree as anyone could be.

    Just one warning: dont stress yourself out too much. High school has plenty of that in store for you.

    About your questions. Right now, I think youre thinking too much about numbers: how many APs, how many sports, how many extracurriculars. But it really isn't about numbers in college admissions.

    Sure I did a lot of APs and EC in hs, but they were focused on what I liked doing (political activism). So if youre the president of red cross club and then FBLA and then the Indian club and then the school choir, the admissions officer will only see an incoherent student without any definite passion for one thing. And out you go. For APs, take the most challenging course you can THAT MAKES SENSE to your passion. Of course, APs in all core classes is pretty standard for stanford applicants, but if youre taking AP music theory or art just for the sake of taking an AP class to add to your list, youre wasting your effort and time and not even helping your chances.

    Sports. I didnt play any and Im a guy so I automatically (and mistakenly) thought I had to play. But nope. Unless youre really passionate about a particular sport, I dont see the point in playing multiple at a time. Sure, it helps your application a bit, but know that it isnt the first thing an admissions officer looks at so dont overextend yourself by trying to handle all those APs AND a few sports. Its just going to take focus away from excelling academically, which is the #1 thing they look at.

    Some people may suggest you apply for highly-competitve or a "good" high shool. But in my opinion, it doesnt really matter. Sure, schools like harvard westlake has multiple people who get into multiple ivies a year, but those are the people who challenge themselves to be the best at what HW offers. Plenty of people go to "standard" schools from HW. In other words, it is really how you challenge yourself given the resources your school and community has, not by the rank your high school has. You wi not be penalized for going to a "bad" high school. I went to a pretty normal and standard high school with like two Stanford admits total out of 40 years, and my friend and I ended up being the third and fourth in my graduating year.

    Just keep these things in mind, and I hope my advice helped! Remember, doing everything and anything you can will not only not help you, but actually hurt your chances. You'd be surprised by the number of people who gets admitted to Stanford who doesn't take 17 APs or plays a sport or does 6 different volunteer activities or is a president of 7 different clubs. Its really about telling the officers that youre excited to come with a set of skills that you have mastered and caressed over your 4 years of high school and contribute to the community around you with those skills. They want to see that youre passionate about something, not that youre a machine designed to juggle 10000 things at once.
  • jashbelajashbela Registered User Posts: 281 Junior Member
    Be a girl, minority , athlete and etc ... I m bitter tho so...
  • lookingforwardlookingforward Registered User Posts: 29,351 Senior Member
    Geez, why not read what Stanford has to say about all this. In 7th and 8th grade, you are better off developing your "critical thinking" skills than coming on CC looking for "directions," someone else's ideas. You risk missing the point. Big time.
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