The Ivy Coach Daily

October 16, 2020

The Golden Ticket in Admissions

What’s a golden ticket for admission to the likes of Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Stanford, and MIT?

On free consultations which are designed to answer questions about our services to prospective clients, a parent — who will never be our client — sometimes asks, “Do you guarantee admission?” The answer, of course, is a resounding no. We do not now nor have we ever guaranteed admission to anyone. All we at Ivy Coach have to stand on is our track record, one built over nearly 30 years. During this past 2019 Early Decision / Early Action cycle, as an example, 100% of students who worked with us on their college applications earned admission to their first choice college. And since loyal readers of our college admissions blog know we are major proponents of applying Early, yes, all of last year’s graduates who came to us in the years before this past Early cycle ended up applying Early — and getting in. But is our statistics always 100%? Certainly not. There are years when it dips to 92%. There are years when it’s 96%. The long and short of it is there are no guarantees in highly selective college admissions and if someone — who doesn’t have our track record — offers you such a guarantee that even we don’t offer, we suggest you run, run fast, and run for the hills.

There Is One Thing That Could Guarantee Admission to Harvard, Stanford, and More

But there is one thing that could guarantee your child’s case for admission. Yes, we said it. Wondering what it is? Alright, we won’t keep you guessing any longer. Hey, we’re not Rachel Maddow teasing throughout her whole show that she’s got President Trump’s taxes when in fact she had a page or three of his returns. Those returns wouldn’t get in the hands of the press until The New York Times published them front and center in issue after issue — Pulitzer Prize-worthy stuff if you ask us. But you didn’t ask us. You asked us what could guarantee your child’s case for admission to our nation’s elite universities. And all you do is tease, tease, tease, Ivy Coach!

Cure or Come Up with Treatment for Covid-19

Ok, ok. We’ll tell you. Cure COVID-19! Or at least come up with a treatment. Want a little inspiration? As Alaa Elassar reports for CNN in a piece entitled “This 14-year-old girl won a $25K prize for a discovery that could lead to a cure for Covid-19,” “As scientists around the world race to find a treatment for the coronavirus, a young girl among them stands out. Anika Chebrolu, a 14-year-old from Frisco, Texas, has just won the 2020 3M Young Scientist Challenge — and a $25,000 prize — for a discovery that could provide a potential therapy to Covid-19. Anika’s winning invention uses in-silico methodology to discover a lead molecule that can selectively bind to the spike protein of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. ’The last two days, I saw that there is a lot of media hype about my project since it involves the SARS-CoV-2 virus and it reflects our collective hopes to end this pandemic as I, like everyone else, wish that we go back to our normal lives soon,’ Anika told CNN.”

Anika Chebrolu’s Golden Ticket

We at Ivy Coach salute Anika Chebrolu from Frisco, Texas on your remarkable research that we hope can one day soon be a game-changer in the fight against COVID-19. We suspect you’ll have no issue earning admission to the college of your dreams come the time you apply. Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Stanford, MIT. You name it, you’ll get in. So long as you don’t write about your grandparents in your college essays and instead focus on your remarkable research. After all, these schools don’t want to hear about your grandparents. They want to hear about you…because it sounds like you’re pretty incredible! “[You’ve] got the golden ticket. [You’ve] got a golden chance to make [your] way. And with a golden ticket, it’s a golden day.”

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