My students often ask me if it's "worth" applying to Stanford (or Harvard, or Princeton, or any other school with a sub-10% acceptance rate). Although that's kind of like asking if it's worth voting in the general election, I still say yes.
Admissions are so competitive in 2015 that everyone who gets admitted is at least a little lucky. Like, Oh, you won the Intel Science Fair prize? So did 50 other gifted young people in your region. What have you done that they haven't? For all you know, it could come down to something like pole vaulting or playing the bassoon.
Want to know more about Stanford admissions? Check out this infographic:
If you thought THAT was cool, check out APs Make You Look Complacent, Not Curious and The Two Biggest Mistakes Seniors Make on Their College Applications Have NOTHING To Do With Writing.
PS: Interested in making your own infographic? Hire a real graphic artist. I hired someone I found on Fiverr for this one... and after eight revision requests, it still didn't make sense. I ended up just fixing most of his many mistakes myself.
Eva Glasrud completed her B.A. and M.A. at Stanford. She is now a college counselor and life coach for gifted youth.