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Jennifer: From Uncertain Goals to Stanford Achiever

Apr 14, 2021

Jennifer is one of the most impressive young ladies you could meet. Yet, she had initial trouble defining her goals and which colleges and majors would fit her best. Learn how Ivy Insight helped her to define her goals and ultimately land admission to Stanford.

Jennifer, a Stanford senior, is a big dreamer and a high achiever. During her high school career, Jennifer studied and became fluent in both Mandarin Chinese and Spanish. She is an accomplished public speaker, gaining awards in moot court and mock trial. In class, Jennifer maintained a 4.0 GPA while taking advanced placement classes such as calculus, multivariable calculus, computer science, statistics, biology, chemistry, physics, and both micro and macroeconomics. (She’s no slouch!) By senior year, Jennifer had exhausted her high school’s available advanced mathematics courses and began taking math at Stanford University.

But outside of class, Jennifer’s first motivation—her real dream—was to positively impact others’ lives in whatever endeavors she pursued. Early on, Jennifer founded a business leadership club at her high school. Through this club, Jennifer brought in speakers to educate the student body on STEM-related business topics. But that wasn’t all; in her junior year, Jennifer expanded the club to become an interschool business organization and onboarded a dozen industry partners. Thousands of lives were impacted through these STEM education programs that all started with Jennifer’s dream. Even more impressively, Jennifer patented a safety device and co-founded an app that matches students to best-fit tutors.

Despite these accomplishments, Jennifer didn’t know how her experiences would be viewed by colleges and how to target her college and major search effectively. With Ivy Insight as her guide, Jennifer was able to narrow down her choices of majors and career paths. Ultimately, under our guidance, Jennifer decided that innovation, technology, and business were her top passions. She ultimately decided to apply early action and was accepted into Stanford for Management Science and Engineering.

We really took time to look at the course options available to her and how these courses fit with her academic, career, and personal goals.  We focused on excelling in the subjects where Jennifer was especially strong—exhausting her high school’s math curriculum and taking a Stanford college course. She is now a Stanford senior.