This will be a weird post bear with me lol.
International student from a high-school in a rural area here. So in the country I come from, there’s a certain amount of pressure if you’re a very successful student (generally if you have a medal from an international science or math olympiad and\or have written scientific papers) to then go to prestigious world universities like Oxbridge, MIT or the Ivies. While applying to these and some others, I only got accepted to Amherst College, while being waitlisted at MIT.
Amherst is a wonderful school, and yet this is very hard to explain to people who haven’t ever heard of if and only have Ivies and the like on their mind. It’s hard not to feel like kind of a failure since my peers got offers from MIT or Harvard. I can only wonder what was missing in my apps, since we have a very similar extracurricular background, and also similar international awards. I personally would have liked going to an Ivy more, but I’m excited for Amherst too. I know it’s incredibly silly and privileged to feel this way, especially being accepted to Amherst, but it is what it is, I can’t help it.
I’m now wondering, should I work like hell my freshman year and try to dig my way through transfer applications to other Ivies (I only applied to HYP, since others are need-aware for internationals so I don’t even know how much of a chance I have there) or perhaps try with HYP again after my freshman year? Perhaps I should just settle with Amherst, I’m not sure how much of a fight I have left in me applying to so many schools using just Google and without a counselor. If anyone has any info about transfer acceptance rates for economically-challenged internationals to Ivies other than HYP, that would be wonderful.
Sorry for the whiny post and thanks in advance for any info you might have.