For some, admission into an Ivy League school is fantasy or maybe evidence that we still have working imaginations and nothing more. For others, it is too expensive for a fantasy, it is better left as unattainable. The recent ‘How to get into an Ivy League School, 2018’ sponsored by the Covenant Christian Centre, the Platform Young Professionals Bootcamp, and the Platform is one conversation that has been initiated at the right time (the “Ivy League Admission Conversation”). It took place on the 28th day of April 2018 at the Covenant Christian Centre, Yaba. Admission into an Ivy League school is attainable for anybody who meets the requirements.
The Ivy League Admission Conversation targeted mainly prospective MBA candidates, but there were also some tips that are also applicable to other Masters degrees. Interestingly, one young lady in the hall had identified herself as preparing towards undergraduate studies in an Ivy League school. I am not certain the admission process for the undergraduate and the post graduate are the same – so maybe the title was a bit misleading to that extent.
There were three speakers – Soromfe Uzoma (Soromfe), Uzoma Ikechukwu (Uzoma) and Misan Rewane (Misan). Soromfe had attended INSEAD – Institut Europeen d’Administration des Affaires (European Institute of Business Administration) for its Executive MBA programme. Uzoma was offered admissions into Harvard and Stanford Business Schools for the forthcoming 2018/2019 sessions, while Misan had both her undergraduate and MBA degrees at Stanford and Havard respectively.
Uzoma talked about the application and preparation process. She talked about the need to have a concise resume especially if an applicant does not have so much years of experience. According to her, it is also important that your essay sounds authentic. As for the letter of recommendation, she advised that it is better to have it written by someone who understands your strengths and weaknesses and is able to pass this across. It is also necessary that you, as the applicant, guides them. She recommended having a study group help review your essay and conduct your mock interviews. Mock interviews also prepare you for the main interview in which you have to be honest, clear and demonstrate your knowledge. She concluded by saying that an applicant should not shy away from applying again because sometimes it may not be that your application is not good enough, it may just be that they have already gotten an applicant who is as strong as you are.
Soromfe emphasized the need to understand the nature of the programmes you are applying to. For instance, some schools offered one-year MBA programmes e.g INSEAD while others offered two e.g STANFORD. Each of these programmes had their advantages and disadvantages. A one-year programme is obviously more intense. Again, every school had a ‘spirit’. While some had clinical coursewares, others were about ‘feelings’. Some schools made some allowances for MBA candidates with spouses and would even provide counselling because they are very much aware of how demanding and intense the programme could be. Continue reading “HOW TO GET INTO AN IVY LEAGUE SCHOOL, 2018”