anyone scared to apply to yale?

<p>im scared to apply to yale, or any ivys for that matter. i know im a good student with lots of personality and leadership skills and blah blah, but doesnt everyone who apply? out of the 6,000 (i could be wrong) people who get into yale each year, are they ALL the top in the nation?? do i even have a chance? what would be the worst application fo someone who was addmitted? like a 3.5 with a pretty good essay? anyone picking up what im laying down??.....</p>

<p>no offense, but i doubt you could get in with a 3.5 unless you have one of the best essays in the pile or you have a MAJOR hook.</p>

<p>but theres no point in not applying though. I bet its happened before.</p>

<p>i wasnt talkin about myself with the 3.5 and good essay, it was an example.</p>

<p>I'm kinda scared to apply. I've been building up to it for the past 2-3 years. I don't know how I would react to an upsetting result, whether I would freak out or play the apathetic card and go on with life. Although I do know how I would react to a positive result. :)</p>

<p>A part of me would rather live on dreaming of Yale without having to ever apply.</p>

<p>I hate growing up. :mad:</p>

<p>Being scared to apply is like being scared to buy a lottery ticket...
The worst that could happen is the loss of a couple of bucks...</p>

<p>There's no harm in applying. If you get accepted, great. If you get rejected, then you'll feel as if a building has fallen down on you and you'll brood for a day or so, but then you'll dust yourself off and move on, and you'll have learned something about coping with disappointments.</p>

<p>No, the one thing that a lot of applicants lack is personality. They are robots who are president of all the clubs and take all the AP classes and have the 500 hours of volunteer work with a charity that they joined just to get community service hours-that's most of the applicants. What you need is a personality, something different and one core passion.</p>

<p>^ I hope you're right, becuase I saw that exact thing when I went to interview at Yale. I was the only kid from my state, the only one not Asian or white (I'm sorry, it was true at least on the day I went), and the only one who didn't use their SAT scores as an answer to questions like "Tell me something unique about yourself." It was honestly really scary, because I looked around and went, "Do I want to be in a class with the kind of kids who ONLY care about tests and academics?", but thankfully my interviewer and a few other students I talked to were the nicest, most passionate people I've ever met, so I hope that Yale picks passion over perfection.</p>

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No, the one thing that a lot of applicants lack is personality. They are robots who are president of all the clubs and take all the AP classes and have the 500 hours of volunteer work with a charity that they joined just to get community service hours-that's most of the applicants. What you need is a personality, something different and one core passion.

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<p>I disagree with that. The idea of a robot who does everything just for college is made up to make an example - there are very few people like that. </p>

<p>I think the majority of applicants are hard working kids who are interested in the activities that they do. It's just that there's so many stellar applicants, so not everybody makes it in. </p>

<p>Nonetheless, I think there's a big difference between applicants and admitted students. I hear a lot about how only study-all-day types show up to info sessions, but all the admitted students I've spoken to have been charming people.</p>

<p>Best of luck to you all.</p>

<p>I disagree ^ Maybe you attended a unique high school, but 90% of my classmates' academic/EC pursuits revolve around getting into top schools.</p>

<p>^^ I have to say I disagree too. While almost all of the admitted students I've talked to were great people, let's not sugarcoat it.</p>

<p>I definitely met some robot types.</p>

<p>I do the majority of my activities for college. That's the reality, but it doesn't make me or anyone else a robot.</p>

<p>Many of the ec's offered at school are just not going to evoke passion. Although I consider myself passionate about one of my activities, I still feed I need to join others for my resume. </p>

<p>Sure, quality over quantity, but you still need a certain number, so not everyone is going to be passionate about everything.</p>

<p>Agreed with 999999</p>

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<p>I don't want to discourage you but I think the figure is a bit less than 2000 :(</p>

<p>But, as they say, your chance of admission is zero if you don't apply! So if you love the school I say give it a shot anyways.</p>

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I disagree ^ Maybe you attended a unique high school, but 90% of my classmates' academic/EC pursuits revolve around getting into top schools.

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<p>Doing something for college == robots who are president of all clubs. If people are interested in fishing and start a fishing club then they might have started it to look good on apps but that's not the only reason why they started the club - they just like fishing.</p>

<p>All the people I've spoken to seem very cool and interesting. I'm not saying every single person accepted into Yale is like that, but the "robots" are the minority.</p>

<p>An0maly, I'm just making the point, regardless of who's the minority or majority, there are kids who are in the Yale class of 2014 that only did X,Y,and Z so that they would get accepted. I'm not bashing them. You could even argue they're more "determined." It's really besides the point. </p>

<p>The fact that you've met cool and interesting people mirrors my experience as well. But I've also met kids who's only priority is to continue doing X,Y,and Z so they can be rich and more successful then they're high school classmates. I will say this though, that seems to be a trend only among freshman, every older student I've encountered has a more humble, gratifying, and all around chill outlook on life. So it's safe to assume, this "minority robot type" seems to be quickly humbled and more laid back about life in general after at least a semester at Yale. Once again, MY experience. I've made it a point not to question your opinion because it's YOUR experience. I can't argue what you've personally encountered and what conclusions you've personally drawn.</p>

<p>Anyways, how about them cowboys :)</p>

<p>Gotcha. I think we're arguing the same thing in different ways :)</p>

<p>The Cowboys are solid but I'm more excited about the resurgence of the Patriots.</p>

<p>Hahah okay great :) </p>

<p>And I'm about to fit the stereotypical blonde, female and admit I know nothing about football, I just happen to live in the Dallas area :) Hahah</p>

<p>For my earlier post, I'm not saying that Yale admits are robots, but many applicants just want to look good.</p>

<p>Four year thread necro FTL.</p>

<p>Or FTW?</p>