Lesson 2: Mission Statement & Robust Plan

Now that you understand the general timeline of the college process (and where you fit in), it’s time to start thinking hard about direction. What’s your plan? What are you trying to accomplish with your college application?

At the end of this lesson you should better understand both why you want to continue your education and where you might want to study.

Robust Application Strategy: Cast a Wide Net

Getting into top ranked college is hard. Not just because the admissions requirements are high, but also because there is a great deal of luck involved in the process. Use the robust application strategy to organize your approach to applying to colleges.

Your Friends Are Your Launchpad

No one accomplishes anything alone. If you want to be successful in life, you must surround yourself with other ambitious people who will propel you to your goals.

The Two Traps of the College Process

Among high-achieving, small-town students, I often see two groups of people: those who are overconfident (Trap 1) and those who are under-confident (Trap 2).

Success Story

Studying How Science is Done with Cornell’s Rebecca Harrison

An identical triplet who moved between small towns in New York and Pennsylvania, Rebecca knew from early on that she wanted to pursue a career in science at a top academic university. She succeeded at the beginning of the goal when she was accepted at Cornell, an Ivy League University in Ithaca, New York. Originally planning to go to veterinarian school and study biological engineering, Rebecca found that she wanted to focus more the how science is actually conducted and communicated. Rebecca completed her undergraduate studies in 2014 and remained at Cornell to work on a post-graduate degree.

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