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Ivy League Admissions Success Story – Tracy G.

STUDENT PROFILE – Tracy G.

  • Domestic student with Indian parents
  • Unaware of how to navigate admissions since parents attended school abroad
  • Interested in computer science but didn’t have time to pursue in depth due to sports commitments
  • Began working with us at the end of 9th grade

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APPLICATION STRATEGY

  • Early Action: MIT
  • Regular: Princeton and 6-7 year Medical programs

WHAT WE DID

We immediately honed in on why she was devoting so much time to athletics – she thought colleges wanted her to be “well rounded.” But she was not a standout athlete and didn’t enjoy it that much. Instead, we refocused her on what she really wanted to do which was learn computer languages, computer science and gain medical experience. She dropped her sports and filled up her extra time with computer and math related activities.

  • We planned out her high school classes to cover enough math/science for med programs but also for liberal arts colleges
  • We created a testing schedule focused on SAT subject tests in her areas of interest and AP tests – she prepared well in advance and scored high in all subject tests, the ACT with Writing and AP tests. We encouraged her to take humanities AP tests even though she was more of a math/science kid. She scored 5’s on both English AP’s in addition to BC Calc, Computer Science and 4 more AP’s.
  • We had 3 summers to plan out computer/math related and medical related activities. She was one of the only high school students to get certified in A++ for hardware. She also worked a low level job for her final year and wrote a great essay about her work experience that several of her colleges actually commented on.

RESULTS

Tracy was accepted to both MIT and Princeton but opted to accept an offer at a very competitive 7 year med program where she is thriving.

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