If you’re been accepted to the Ivy League, then congratulations! You’ve finally made it.
For the freshmen out there who have enrolled in their first year, enjoy yourself – you already got into an Ivy League. Explore your intellectual interests and passions, but also know that your GPA matters very little after college, especially if you don’t plan on attending graduate school. Don’t focus so much on grades. Getting a high paying job is more about EQ than IQ.
Be sure to attend events offered at your school, get involved in the community, connect with alumni and Nobel Prize winning faculty, and take advantage of all the resources that the university has to offer. Surround yourself with motivated and bright peers and carve a future that is the right fit for you.
Because you only experience college once, and very rarely will you be in a community with so many smart, bright, and driven peers who will push you to your limit and motivate you to achieve the aspirations you set out to accomplish the moment you set foot on campus.
Take advantage of all the opportunities that college has to offer. Network with friends, get involved in entrepreneurial ventures, and attend as many academic and extracurricular events as possible. It’s perhaps the only time in your life where you’ll have the opportunity to mingle with a set of super smart people, especially if you’re going to an Ivy League/Top 10 University.
Focus less on the GPA – anything over 3.5+ will safely land you an interview at any of the bulge brackets, and even as low as 3.0+ can still get you the interview if you submit enough resumes and network hard enough. After the first two years of college, no employer will care about your GPA, but rather your work experience.
There will be an insane amount of studying, think probably 3–4x as much as high school, but don’t let it take over your social and extracurricular life – immersing in those activities is way more beneficial in the long run. A typical year AP course will be condensed to a semester, and the upper division courses will be more difficult.
If you really want to prepare, take multivariable calculus, linear algebra, probability and statistics, and even differential equations before attending college so you have a leg up. All the coursework in nearly every STEM/econ field will be based on those fundamentals.
And contrary to popular belief, while college is a time to explore, it’s also important to figure out your major and course selection earlier on. It’ll just make the transition and ride a lot smoother.