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LEDA Scholars Application - 2019-2020

ritwiktatertotritwiktatertot 3 replies1 threadsRegistered User New Member
Hey! The applications for LEDA opened today! I've seen in past years that there's usually a application thread, so here you go, you're welcome :). A bit of background: Leadership Enterprise for a Diverse America is an all-expenses paid seven-week summer program at Princeton University for low-income students. I've heard so much about it so I'm really excited.
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  • hassanj789hassanj789 7 replies0 threadsRegistered User New Member
    Hi! I am a Co15 Scholar and I got back from LEDA this summer. If you have questions about LEDA, please reach out!
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  • mehmehmemehmehme 2 replies0 threadsRegistered User New Member
    Where are you guys applying from? I'm from Georgia :)
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  • ritwiktatertotritwiktatertot 3 replies1 threadsRegistered User New Member
    @hassanj789 I think I follow you on IG! Love your vlogs by the way.
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  • ritwiktatertotritwiktatertot 3 replies1 threadsRegistered User New Member
    @mehmehme I'm from NJ, kinda nerveracking, I'm assuming it'll be super competitive.
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  • im1234im1234 3 replies0 threadsRegistered User New Member
    edited September 6
    I’m from NYC, only like 3 people from my school have gotten it, it’s so competitive and I’m worried!
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  • im1234im1234 3 replies0 threadsRegistered User New Member
    @hassanj789 Could you tell us about your experience in the program and also how to make yourself stand out.
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  • hassanj789hassanj789 7 replies0 threadsRegistered User New Member
    @im1234 Sure! I had the most amazing experience at LEDA. By far, they were the best seven weeks of my life. The intellectual and emotional growth you go through is indescribable.
    The four classes you will take at LEDA are Aspects of Leadership, Writing Instruction, College Guidance, and Standardized Test Prep.
    Aspects of Leadership is a discussion-based class which revolves around recognizing and solving present socio-political issues. For me, this class was the one that I learned the most in because the level of intricacy of the topics discussed here is not present in traditional high school classrooms. This is the class that you will spend most of your time in at LEDA.
    Writing Instruction was an amazing class in which we learned how to write collegiate-level academic essays. The instructors teach at the nation's top universities and cover writing concepts and strategies that aren't taught in high schools. Over the course of the fall after LEDA, they help you with your personal statements and supplement essays!
    College Guidance is an extremely helpful class, especially for me as a first-generation student. In that class, we learn how to develop a balanced college list, navigate the college application process, and manage financial aid. Through research and one-on-one consultations with your college guidance counselor, you'll develop a list of colleges that are best fit for you that you will apply to over the course of the fall. You are in touch with your counselors after LEDA as they help you navigate through the application season. My college guidance counselor is the kindest, most wholesome person I know.
    And Standardized Prep is a very enriching class! These classes are available for both SAT and the ACT and your specific strengths and areas needing improvement are identified. Then, instruction occurs in small group settings, allowing you to benefit from both your tutor and your peers. With my tutor's help, I increased my score by 90 points.
    However, what I valued most about LEDA, by far, was the community. "LEDA for Life" is our motto, and never in my life have I ever met such an inspiring, resilient, and compassionate group! With the diversity at LEDA, I learned so much about other cultures, religions, and nationalities. And not only with your cohort, but even with previous cohorts, there's always a sense of family. The friendships I developed over the summer are for life. For me, my fellow scholars give me hope for a better tomorrow!

    And as cliche as it sounds, the only way to make yourself stand out is by being YOU on your application. Showcase your story, your determination, your interests, your hobbies, your achievements! Don't structure your application to something you think admissions wants to read. Be genuine. Through your application they want to get to know you better!
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  • hassanj789hassanj789 7 replies0 threadsRegistered User New Member
    If anyone is interested, we have a group chat going on with Cohort 15 scholars for this year's applicants. Let me know and I can add you. There, you can ask any questions you have about LEDA that Co15 Scholars can answer!
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  • BryanyMdzBryanyMdz 2 replies0 threadsRegistered User New Member
    Can you add me plz
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  • hassanj789hassanj789 7 replies0 threadsRegistered User New Member
    let me know any of your handles
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  • im1234im1234 3 replies0 threadsRegistered User New Member
    @hassanj789 Thank you so much for the detailed explanation. The program sounds so amazing and I’m excited to apply. The Aspects of Leadership class sounds so interesting and if I do get in, it’s something I’m really looking forward to.

    Could you please add me to the gc as well? Is it on instagram? My IG is @ isxidy
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  • ritwiktatertotritwiktatertot 3 replies1 threadsRegistered User New Member
    Thank you @hassanj789! Can you add me to the group chat as well? My IG handle is @ritwiktatertot.
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  • BryanyMdzBryanyMdz 2 replies0 threadsRegistered User New Member
  • mehmehmemehmehme 2 replies0 threadsRegistered User New Member
    This is a little late but can you add me @hassanj789 ? My IG is @10outof10ken
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  • vexifiedvexified 3 replies1 threadsRegistered User New Member
    I'm Georgia (Gwinnett) too :smiley:. Can you also add me @hassanj789? IG: @m.ohsu
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  • jayseljaysel 30 replies4 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    Can you please add me. I only have an email address - [email protected]
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  • mnhyaymnhyay 2 replies0 threadsRegistered User New Member
    ik i am late, but can you add me as well? my ig is @ melanie_homium
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  • mnhyaymnhyay 2 replies0 threadsRegistered User New Member
    does anyone know when the summer institute dates are? i am trying to see if it will interfere with my extracurriculars.
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  • hassanj789hassanj789 7 replies0 threadsRegistered User New Member
    I’m having some trouble finding your Instagram handle. But the dates this year were June 15-August 3.
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  • thekindslytherinthekindslytherin 2 replies0 threadsRegistered User New Member
    Please add me !
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