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Tips mention: Interview (5), ACT/SAT (14), Grades (20), Sports/Extracurriculars (11), College Essay (12)
I applied to get it, and I would recommentJan 07 2008Sociology
I applied to get it, and I would recomment that no one does the same.
It's a little bit of a crapshoot, but youJan 07 2008English
It's a little bit of a crapshoot, but you have to be the type of person they are looking for. An interest in political science seems to be prevalent in the university, as is drive and uniqueness.
ACT: 31 SAT: 2160 Female
I applied, but I would not recommend Columbia toAug 27 2007Music - Composition/Theory
I applied, but I would not recommend Columbia to anyone. I am trasnferring to another school to finish, even though I will lose nearly thirty credits. I would be ashamed to have a degree from such a corrupt, unsafe, and unethical instituion.
Do what you love and be passionate about someJun 11 2007English
Do what you love and be passionate about some field, whether academic or professional. Work hard in high school, get to know your teachers, and demonstrate your ability to be committed to realizing goals, and the rest will take care of itself. Good luck!
The short answer is (duh): work hardDec 26 2006Language - French/Spanish/etc.
The short answer is (duh): work hard. Honestly. Sacrifice socializing and down time in favor of studying, writing papers, and doing truly ridiculous amounts of extracurriculars. There are a few useful, specific pieces of advice I can give. For one thing, find a niche, something (academic or extracurricular) that you can really emphasize. For instance, I'm into Latin- I've taken it for six years, I'm a member of the JCL (Junior Classical League), I've participated in Latin quiz bowls, and I've gotten an award for having four gold medals on the National Latin Exam, as well as a five on last year's A.P. Latin Lit Exam. I mentioned all these in my application, and wrote part of my essay about the JCL. Apparently, it worked. Speaking of essays, spend a lot of time writing and re-writing. Write a couple, and have as many other people look at them as possible. Now is not the time to be afraid of judgment. Remember, the admissions officers are going to look at them eventually no matter what-- better to proofread now than regret it later. About essay content: be original, be funny, take suggestions from others, but don't go out of your way to be controversial. No need to take too many risks. If you're deciding between writing about your summer in Alaska and why you oppose the current social security system, pick Alaska. Always pick Alaska.
(not both, obviously, but one or the other)
But other than that, getting yourself into college is really a lot of tedious, hard work. That said, there's really no need to spend ridiculous amounts of money on SAT prep and college counseling. It's difficult, but the requirements aren't hard to figure out: Should you be in APs? Yup. Habitat for Humanity? Yup. Girl/Boy Scouts(not both, obviously, but one or the other)? Yup. Get higher SATs than you can reasonably be expected to get? Yessirree Bob. Yes, the quest to get into college takes over your life. Sorry. Yes, admissions are unbelievably competitive, and even if you do all of the above, you're not guaranteed a spot. Sorry again. But, horrible and awful and evil and lamentable though it is, the fact is that, while working hard doesn't guarantee you a place in the Ivy League, slacking off DOES guarantee you a thin envelope.

A small piece of comfort: even in this uncertain day and age, there is hope. Nothing is certain any more, but, as a female, non-minority, non-athlete, non-prizewinning novella writer, I can tell you that working hard throughout high school does have its rewards. And I have the beautiful, wonderful,"Yes, we want you" letter from Columbia to prove it. Good luck!
SAT: 2270 Female

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