Some time ago, I and several friends found ourselves at Northern Secondary School viewing presentations as put forth by members of the Ivy League. I say “found” primarily because my going stemmed from a well-established subconscious impulse to seek out all events American-university-related.
In any case, the visiting schools were Dartmouth, Penn, Harvard, Columbia, Brown, Princeton, and Stanford, if my memory does not fail me. Although the latter isn’t one of the Ivies, it is awesome. Ergo, no one complained that it had visited alongside the Hedera.
Speaking of which, the Ivies truly are analogous to the genus of ground-creeping plants with which they share their name. Much like the fifteen species of ivy within Hedera, they are allopatric but closely related, and are commonly treated as varieties or subspecies of H. helix (or, in the case of the schools, U. verendus).
The presentations were rather well-done, with Stanford being the most appealing to me of those present. Pamphlets were distributed, and I gathered quite a few for fear of missing out on invaluable information.
Apparently, many of the above-named institutions enjoy your updating them on your academic achievements even after selection has been seemingly completed; I’m glad for this, as it, metaphorically, grants me another year of study in anticipation of the biology Olympiad.
That noted, I’ve now concluded with total certainty that there exists absolutely no chance of my ever being accepted to one of the aforementioned institutions. That said, I will apply regardless, as I am far too idealistic to avoid doing so.
Another problem arises – I’m not certain as to which universities I wish to apply to. As per usual, M.I.T. surpasses all else; Stanford follows closely, alongside Yale, Cornell, Princeton, Stanford, and perhaps Harvard. Where the Canadians are concerned, we’ve the University of Toronto, the University of Waterloo, McMaster University, and perhaps McGill. I’m entirely aware that I need to narrow down my selections, but I’ve still a year to do so.
The above taken into account, I’m expecting approximately ten rejection letters, and perhaps one acceptance from U. of T.; if you’ll pardon my departure, I need to go synthesize a logical order for completing the M.I.T. application.