Interview With Alix
Harvard University AB
Can you tell us more about yourself?
My name is Alix, and I am French. I completed all my studies and now have launched my career in the U.S. Strangely enough, all my preparation was done in Brussels, as I prepared for both my bachelor and MBA applications with the MBA center and got accepted to Harvard twice. When I was a high school student I was fond of computer science and wanted to study TechMedia in the US. Therefore I took my SAT’s and applied to Harvard where I able to study computer science.
Why did you decide to study in the U.S.?
I had three specific reasons. I wanted an international environment that I couldn’t get in a French English school. I wanted to have time for myself, as I didn’t want to just study computer science, but to also investigate history and anthropology, among other subjects of interest. And lastly, I wanted to have time for entrepreneurship, which was a growing interest for me.
Harvard offered two things that were important to me that I felt were a real advantage; they had and still have one of the most advance computer science departments in the world, and Harvard has a great network with access to international entrepreneurs and investors.
How useful was the MBA Center?
The MBA Center helped and supported me on three levels; first it gave me the comfort and confidence to apply to a top school like Harvard. Second, it gave me great support and excellent methodology in preparing for my TOEFL and SAT, and lastly, extremely valuable advice on completing my application. I could only highly recommend this service to other students who want to apply to Ivy League schools as an excellent resource.
What advice would you give to senior high school students who want to apply to an undergrad program in the U.S.?
I would say that of course it is very difficult. The traditional European high schools with classical methodology are not the best equipped to help you prepare for such a challenge since they usually favor that you stay in your own country and complete your bachelor there. Also parents are not so willing to let their children go abroad at such a young age. Politically to convince your parents, you must start the discussion when you are 15-16 years old, and of course get the best grades and improve your English to be fluent to have the best possible chance. Academic excellence is key, but not everything. Since Ivy League schools also regard your extracurricular activities, it is important to have leadership positions, as a captain in sports, president of the school newspaper, and other volunteer and community projects. In addition, working with the best possible preparation team like I received at the MBA Center is essential to help you pull it all together and give you the encouragement and support for your vision of reaching the top as well as with test preparation, essays, interviews, and completing the application.