Friday, July 27, 2012

Final Destination

We arrived in New Haven, Connecticut, by train shortly after noon. 

As my cohort and I stepped onto Yale's campus, I noted streets interweaving the campus; perhaps this should not have surprised me - New Haven, after all, is a very urban city.

We joined a tour that catered to those interested in Yale’s engineering program; although I do not consider engineering as my area of interest, it was a new experience visiting various science buildings and research facilities.

In regards to engineering, undergraduates can begin research as freshmen; students also usually seize the opportunity to conduct research abroad during their junior year.

Yale provides a very supporting environment for its students. Aside from the facts that Yale faculty is world-class and superb, the institution also provides continuous assistance to its students and their educational endeavors, especially financially.

Because we did partake in the engineering school, I was especially glad that we had the opportunity to sit down for an informational session with Alex Richardson, the former admissions officer assigned to the Northern California region where the WCCUSD lies. 

Students may apply to Yale through early action - the great part is that it is not binding. Even if a student is admitted to Yale early, he has time to reach a decision and change plans in regards to other schools.

A corner at Yale University.
 This evening, we dined with admission officers, student counselors, as well as current and past Yale students, which included a number of our instructors for Grand Strategies.

Seared tuna.
I felt very fortunate to have had the opportunity to sit down with the students and listen to them tell of their experience at one of the most prestigious universities in the world. It is not hard to miss the fact that they love Yale and all it has to offer its students.  

The students as well as Mr. Aaron Shipp bestowed upon us pearls of wisdom regarding the college application progress, from choosing the perfect school to writing an effective essay.
Roughly paraphrasing, applications must always reflect the student. Allowing yourself to become vulnerable and honest can produce an application with no comparison. Each person is unique; the personal statement is an opportunity to show the admissions counselors a side of the student that cannot be mirrored in the transcript or test scores. 

With that being said, I was very grateful to be able to mingle with the Yale representatives. I am eager to begin our course so we can reach a more informed decision about the institution as we spend two weeks on campus engaged in a rigorous course.

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