<p>Hello there. I've been lurking around here for some time, and I've been reading a lot of the "chance me" threads and looking at peoples stats. I'm curious about the whole college admission process and the extra-curriculars that are pretty much necessary to get someone into an ivy league school. For one thing, is there an "unfair" advantage to those who have been doing an EC for a longer amount of time than someone who just started in high school? It seems like the Ivy leagues only select those who are outstanding, but to become outstanding, one needs years and years of work/practice in a certain field. For example, piano playing: Is a piano player who has been practicing two hours a day since he/she was 5 a better candidate to get accepted than a player who has been practicing two hours a day since he/she was 15?</p>
<pre><code> Also, are prestigious awards really necessary? What if you practice a lot and you really like to do something, but you're just not good enough to win competitions? What if you don't have the time to pursue that passion/hobby? What if you don't have any awards in high school, but during college you will be likely to receive awards? Also, what if you don't have a passion that you can do for several hours a day without getting bored? If you haven't found a passion, how do you show colleges that you have developed the necessary skills to get accepted into that college and do well there?
In terms of extracurriculars, what does one need to do to get into an ivy?
<p>Thanks in advance,