I’m posting this because I just want to know if there are others like me.
Anyways my story; Canadian high school student (grade 11) applying at the Ivy leagues next year (class of 2023). I want to keep my reasons to myself but I assure you it’s not really because of the prestige but more because they’re some of the best liberal arts universities. Obviously I’m not only applying to them and I have plenty of safety and match schools I’m applying to. The ivies are a long shot but it doesn’t hurt to apply.
Or so I thought. With the onslaught of ‘how i got into ivy league’ videos and tiktoks, naturally I, like many, feel the pressure to be doing impressive stuff all the time. If I don’t actively have an extracurricular going (even if it’s during the breaks) I feel immense guilt. Even now, I feel so behind compared to everyone. I am doing the things I love, my extracurriculars do make me happy, but it’s just so much at the same time.
I feel like I’m running out of time and that I have to squeeze everything in just so I can get all my extracurriculars onto college apps (not necessarily for just ivies). Again, I know every student is probably doing this but I just wanted to hear all of your thoughts on this. It’s not that I have to force myself to do these activities, rather it’s just that I feel like it’s a ticking time bomb.
Additionally, I feel so unbelievably stupid and guilty for paying money to get tutoring just for the SAT and such. For Canadian universities, you don’t need the SAT so. I’m so unbelievably privilleged and lucky that money is not an issue for my family and likely will never be.
In conclusion, not only am i feeling overwhelmed, but I also feel guilty for letting my parents pay for my tuition classes and for taking up so much of my time with these extracurriculars just for a 1% chance at these schools.
Any advice, thoughts, or comments? I feel lost sorry guys I know I’m not asking for a specific answer in this post (eg. chance me for this ____) I don’t need advice on whether or not I should apply to begin with. Please don’t tell me not to apply, because I am going to since I’ve invested nearly three years into this and also because it would be a dream.