Stanford, MIT, and Cornell are the three top schools which the class of 2012 seniors will be attending next year.
The five students, Emily Stebbins, Tori Jensen, Daniel Rong, May Yamakawa, and Julohn Teixeira are thrilled with their acceptance and their decision to attend these Ivy Leagues.
Daniel Rong however, had an outlook on school that was much different than the typical student thinking of applying to Ivy League. “I didn’t start thinking about college until summer of junior year,” said Rong. Once he and his father toured the Cornell campus the two agreed that this was the school for him.
Thinking of Cornell as a reach school, Rong said he “started dancing around the room” when he got his early decision acceptance. After that, he decided not to apply to any other schools.
Rong participates in the math team, robotics team, band, jazz band, and environmental club, and received the highest score in the school in the math Olympiad his sophomore, junior, and senior year. Rong claimed that “everyone who’s applying to Ivy Leagues has the grades so [he] knew [he] needed more.”
His advice for anyone planning to apply to college is to “do something that looks good on a resume.”
Julohn Teixeira is also attending Cornell but for a different reason: gymnastics. As an acclaimed gymnast, Teixeira knew that she would continue gymnastics into college.
Although she has been a gymnast since the age of 2, she only realized her goal of going to college for gymnastics at the age of 8.
Teixeira said that she only started wanting to go Cornell “2 months before [she] got in.” On an official visit where she stayed with one of the girls currently on the team, she made her decision.
“I kind of assumed,” said Teixeira. On the day that she would hear back from Cornell she was at the gym. “My coach made me go in the office and check.” When she got the news, she called her dad. “He was so happy” said Teixeira. “My family is definitely more excited than I am, especially my dad.”
She said her key to success is “applying [herself] every day.”
Tori Jensen will be heading to Boston in the fall to attend MIT. She was also scouting for a sport: softball.
Last year, a scout approached her and told her to keep in contact. MIT wasn’t a goal for Jensen until then.
She was in the car with her mom when she got her email. “My mom screamed and almost crashed,” said Jensen.
Although softball is Tori’s reasoning behind her choice of MIT, she’s majoring in physics. “It’s totally something that I’m passionate about. When I go to the library I pick up a Steven Hawkins book,” Jensen said.
“I’ve always been motivated to learn,” said Jensen. “Life is so short and we’ve got it pretty good here. I don’t want to miss an opportunity.”
Her advice to any applicant is to “make academics a priority but use your energy for what you’re passionate about.”