Just about every parent dreams of their child going to Harvard, Yale or any other Ivy League university.
They know that their life and career will be set up for success by them getting a prestigious degree.
Now, it’s one thing to want that to happen and another thing entirely to make sure that it does actually happen.
Which means you have to start them on their path to excellence early on in their lives.
Easier said than done I am sure you’re thinking.
But, with a plan and a way to put it into action, it isn’t so far fetched.
If you are wondering how to get into Cornell, or any other Ivy League school, then read on for the tips on starting your kids early to make sure they get in.
1 – Encourage good citizenship
Your child may be showing signs that they are excelling at subjects like math and science but that is not what will get them into a prestigious school. Sure, academic excellence is required but it is not nearly enough.
Your child must also exhibit a high Emotional IQ. And this comes about mainly from teaching them to be a good citizen. Even better, a good global citizen.
This can come about from educational travel. When you visit other cultures, make it a point to meet the locals and immerse yourself in their culture. Your child will have a much broader view of the world which will make them indispensable to a potential institution like an Ivy League school.
2 – Encourage academic growth
Though academic achievements are not the only thing, they are still very important. From very early on, there needs to be a high tier of achievement. Grades must be very good, but also a deep understanding of the subjects they study. You will likely need to hire a tutor to help them understand the complexities of a subject beyond what they learn in class.
3 – Focus on their interests
No matter what they enjoy, there is a corresponding degree to be had with a career to follow. If you focus on what they enjoy and encourage them to dive deep into their interest, it will make learning much easier for them.
Pushing them into a subject that they are not very interested in but you think is their best chance to get into the Ivy League will have the opposite effect. They will be bored and go through the motions. Or, they may rebel completely and start tuning you out while also building resentment.
Let them explore on their own and come to their own conclusions. Be a guide for them but not a taskmaster.
4 – Go for extracurricular activities
Piggybacking on the idea about academics not being as weighted as you might think is the fact that kids need to be involved in things outside of their studies. Encourage them to pursue extracurricular activities like a language club or chess team.
Sports are good too, but make sure to balance any sport with something more cerebral also.