So, my absolute dream school is Stanford (of course). I recently watched a video on how they rank their applicants and how heavily they weigh an applicant's intellectual vitality. I'd say my vitality is not up to par with the Stanford admits. I'm a junior, so I have a very small amount of time to improve this. Some of the things that I've done that could be examined as intellectual vitality are competing in the academic super bowl on the math and fine arts team (we didn't make it to state and the video said that Stanford likes students who learn for the sake of learning not to beat the competition, so this topic for an essay could be counterintuitive) and taking flying lessons to ultimately get my pilot's license (I'm not sure how i could adapt this into intellectual vitality). The video that I watched said that doing and then proceeding to publish research done at a university is what a student needs to receive a high vitality rating. What can I do that is an equivalent to this? How would I go about doing research at a university when I'm in high school? I actually do genuinely enjoy learning, but finding opportunities where I live is difficult.