Monday, May 18, 2015

Ivy League Transfers by Rachel Chambers

The International convention was one filled with unlimited information, networking, fellowship and exploration. Hosted in the city of San Antonio, Texas, the time there was definitely worthwhile. During my time there, there were many small sessions we were urged to attend. One in particular focused on the successful tips to transfer to Ivy League colleges. In this session, the audience learned about different ways one could write their application essays and tips on what to write or what not to write.

Tips included the following. You should include unique things about yourself, you should not be generic, you should always share a story that made an impact on your current success, and explain how will the school you are interested in be of help to you and why you are interested in that school. You should always call or email the college if you have any questions and this will you can build relationships and network that will be in your favor later on. It is very important that you visit the campus and ensure it is the right fit for you and the of the best environment. It was also said that you should apply for different scholarships so that you have some money going towards your college tuition regardless of the outcome.

We were also fortunate enough to have speakers from different Ivy League schools that were PTK members themselves! They shared the process of their college application path, the transition from a community college to a four-year institution and how PTK has helped with that. They also shared the lives they lived on campus and we even had one panelist who lived off campus and shared the pros and cons of such decisions. This session was helpful because it shed some light on ways you can strengthen your application, choosing the right school and how to make use of the money that is accessible to you. It especially showed that PTK students can go anywhere in the world and go to the best schools just because of their determination, affiliation, growth and other skills that improved the individuals we are today.

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