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I know I ask a lot of questions that can sometimes parallel each other, but I never really got the right answer I'm looking for. To be honest, I never did well in high school, I never joined in on any clubs, and I'm almost on my way out of a community college, which I haven't been doing well in either. I've been lazy and unmotivated, and it shames me to admit this even to myself. I really want to change, and I want to know it's not too late to go to a good school. My high school grades will make it hard, but what about my recent grades? The grades I got after I realized what I've been missing out on? Will an Ivy League school look at those? I am a good writer. I can explain how I've never used my mind to its fullest potential because I wasn't motivated. Will a prestigious university look at me?

asked Mar 06 '12 at 14:14

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You haven't explained why you regard Ivy League schools as relevant to your future.

(Mar 06 '12 at 15:58) Ideas for Life ♦ Ideas%20for%20Life's gravatar image

I can't explain why it's relevant because I don't know what to do with my life. All I know is that if I really wanted to get somewhere important, an Ivy League school is the key.

(Mar 06 '12 at 16:44) Collin1 Collin1's gravatar image

At some point it is too late to get into an Ivy League school.

I'm not sure why you care what athletic conference your school is in, though. Especially not the Ivy League, which as far as I can tell isn't the top athletic conference for any sport. If your focus is on academics, your best opportunity to get into an Ivy League school is to pick the Ivy League school which is worst in your particular field of study, which varies from field to field.

(Mar 08 '12 at 12:04) anthony anthony's gravatar image
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No, it's not too late. Here's how I would go about doing it.

  • I would first download a mind mapping software. Freemind for Windows or Mind Node for Mac.
  • I would then create a mind map with "Ivy League" in the center. The first level of branches would be the type of students that gets accepted into that school. While it's true that the majority are HS students with awesome GPA/SAT scores, I'm sure they also accept transfer students from other schools.
  • I would then flush out the next level which is what I would have to do to be one of those students. Obviously, if my HS GPA is terrible, I would not spend a lot of time exploring that branch.
  • I would keep flushing out each branch with as much detail as I can so that I can see all the costs and risks associated with a particular branch.
  • Once my map is completed, I can then pick the cheapest and/or lowest risk path and take that toward my destination.

With that said, you may want to consider using this technique to determine if an Ivy League school is truly the "key" that you need. For example: Let say you decide that you MUST be a fortune 500 CEO some day. You can then create a mind map and one of the branch would be a list of current fortune 500 CEOs. You can then determine what % of them actually went to an Ivy League school. After doing that, you will realize that Ivy League school are not a requirement to be a fortune 500 CEO. That will give you more opportunities and paths, potentially less costly/risky, to get to your destination.

I hope this helps you.

answered Mar 07 '12 at 01:34

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This question depends a lot on the context of the person seeking entrance into an Ivy League school. It should be obvious, these schools have strict standards and so for some people, YES, it can be too late for them.

As IdeasforLife suggested, you are presuming a lot of other assumptions and premises already in your question. I suggest there are other questions that would be more relevant and helpful. What if you asked, "Is it ever too late to get an education?" "Is it ever too late to learn something new?" By asking those questions, it puts the responsibility, options, and possibilities squarely on your shoulders. (And the answer I would give is a hearty NO, for you too.)

I'm concerned by your question, in the context of your other questions, because it seems like you are still trying to find success based on other peoples' expectations and standards. If you are still trying to figure out your purpose in life, do you think it's fair and reasonable to pay an Ivy League tuition to try and find the answer? Most people who have been very successful in life figured things out without doing that.

If you want some thought-provoking, revolutionary, and premise-checking thoughts about education and schooling, I strongly urge you to read "Stop Stealing Dreams" by Seth Godin. He is not an Obectivist, but is a solid thinker who respects the scientific method, individualism, reason, and the virtue of productive work. This manifesto is FREE, so you have no excuse not to read it. http://www.squidoo.com/stop-stealing-dreams

I hope you'll take that suggestion as a big opportunity for some education that doesn't need permission from or payment to any Ivy League school. And you can download and start reading it today.

answered Mar 11 '12 at 20:59

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