The Ivy Effect: Freshman (Part II)

By Lane Chesler

With snow in the air and applications sent out, seniors are frazzled and distracted by the mere thought of college.  Some have committed to the college of their dreams while others still hope for that golden letter of acceptance.  However, most people do not know that most high school seniors have not committed and have sent out a wide variety of applications to a wide variety of colleges. Also, not many make it to the self-proclaimed golden level, the Ivy Leagues.  But what about the underclassmen?

The Class of 2017 was surveyed to determine what effect the Ivy Leagues have on their choices of college.  The Class of 2013 had an astonishing acceptance to Ivy Leagues with 15% choosing to attend one of eight universities.  When asked, only 35% of freshman stated that they did not know what college they wished to attend, and out of those who did, 56% committed themselves to an Ivy League.

What is it about these colleges that can affect freshman so much? According to senior, Sarah Adler, “On the subject of ‘Ivy-wishing’: I do think there is something alluring about the Ivies. We have worked so hard at HB, to be able to say you are attending one of the best schools in the nation is of course something many girls want. However, once the process starts, you realize there are other institutions that are just as wonderful as the Ivy Leagues.”  The idea among most freshmen is that acceptance into the Ivies is a fast track to a perfect life, and that without acceptance, there will be no success.

The Ivies represent a false sense of security to many students.  Too many believe that if they were to attend an Ivy, that their future would be set on a fast track to success.  This is false because success is earned by hard work and diligence instead of the amount of money in your pocket.  Word of advice from J-Mo, “it isn’t WHERE you go to college, it’s HOW you go to college.”