by Lynn on 03.21.2013
I hadn’t even dreamt of the possibility of attending a school like Yale before my junior year in high school. Even then, applying was just a possibility that I began to consider. As a Canadian student, I didn’t know much about American colleges except for what featured in popular culture references like Gossip Girl and Legally Blonde. Diving into the college search process was both intimidating and exciting. After research that included hours immersed in Yale's online resources, I finally visited Yale on a humid day the summer before my senior year of high school.&nbs
by John on 02.02.2013
Graduation from Yale can only be described as bittersweet. After years of hard work, residential college traditions, late-night runs to G-Heav, extracurricular commitments, and general growing pains, it's both exciting and saddening to leave our gorgeous campus. After taking a year-long leave of absence to sing and travel with the Whiffenpoofs, I graduated a semester early and currently find myself working in Manhattan. The Big Apple is fast-paced, exciting, everything I thought it would be and more! That said, my deep appreciation for the undergraduate experience at Yale has only further grown now that I'm out in the “real world”.
My beautiful home while at Yale, Timothy Dwight College
by Emily on 12.15.2012
This is a repost of a blog that I wrote last year addressing deferrals. Worth a read if you find yourself in a limbo of sorts following the Early Action cycle, and feel free to comment with any further thoughts or questions!
While I can’t exactly parlo Italiano and I’m not a Literature major, I’m a devoted Dante-phile at heart, and I think there’s a little bit of “Divine Comedy” in everything.
by Alisha on 12.04.2012
The three weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas are simultaneously my favorite and least favorite weeks of the year. On one hand, they’re the most beautiful weeks at Yale—there’s usually snow, the decorations are beautiful, and there are so many fun events going on. On the other hand, exams and papers are looming ahead.
I also remember these three weeks in senior year being stressful. At my high school, homecoming was the week before Christmas break. I was juggling to balance Spirit Week planning (hey, figuring out costumes is serious work) with my college applications and a pile of homework that never seemed to decrease. In that spirit, here are two tips to manage the stress and the holiday cheer.
by Alex on 11.30.2012
As a high school student, you probably don't have too much experience with the online dating scene. I'm a stranger to it myself (at least as of now). But what I understand--from TV advertisements, sitcom specials, and the Internet--is that online dating works something like this: You write up a profile with your information (name, sex, age, etc.), your interests (figure skating, WWE, knitting, etc.), and a small blurb about who you are ("My interest in cats stems from when I..."). You then send your profile into the dating website for other hopeful singles to read. If all goes well, you'll be on your honeymoon before you know it.
Why talk about online dating on the Yale Admissions Blog? Well, it just happens to be my favorite analogy for the college admissions process.
by Joshua on 10.30.2012
For eleven weeks this past summer, I had the privilege of serving as a tour guide for the Office of Undergraduate Admissions and for the Visitor’s Center. Each week, thousands of prospective students and visitors stopped by campus to check out what Yale has to offer and to gain a glimpse into undergraduate student life.
by Emily on 10.26.2012
Midterm season in college, much like college application season in high school, can be tough. Between reading Petrarch and physics problem sets, or studying for the SAT and Spanish homework, sometimes a little comic relief is appreciated. Hopefully this blog post will help - here’s a lighthearted video created by the Ezra Stiles Freshman Counselor team (a select group of seniors that live with and advise the freshman in their college) in collaboration with their college Master, Stephen Pitti ’91.
by Joshua on 08.20.2012
It’s a Monday evening. The setting sun radiates through the window, illuminating a flock of slow dancing dust particles. The air is humid but cooler than it has been for the last three months. The sound of the ice cream truck off in the distance is calling. Even though we may refuse to admit it, summer is whirling down.
For many rising high school seniors, things are beginning to whirl up. Yet as excitement brews, anxiety is quick to follow as the college admissions process rolls around.
by Lynn on 08.03.2012
I’m not American, but I don’t feel “International” either. This first became evident when I began the Yale application process and realized that I was considered “International” for the first time in my life. The international student application section of the Admissions website details English-proficiency testing and the need for officially translated documents, both of which seemed unnecessary for a native English-speaking, North American, prospective student.
by Emily on 08.02.2012
As summer begins its loping descent from July highs, I’m sure that some of you have already turned your thoughts from the US Olympic Swimming Team’s prospects (or perhaps their equally distracting abs) to writing your college essays. I remember the frustration of it: settling into a comfy spot only to stare blankly, void of ideas, as a tiny vertical bar blinks tauntingly from an empty document saved as “college essay.”