Existential Crisis Week | The Checklist

Coming into freshman year, I came to know a typical Ivy profile, a profile molded from a strict checklist and meticulously groomed to satisfy all its criteria ever since childhood. I began to notice consistent commonalities among a seemingly diverse community of academics. These commonalities read like a resume of the sophisticated, well-rounded type-A Ivy bound kid. Note, I didn’t even have a resume in high school. In addition to the stellar GPA and top-performing test scores, under curricular achievement there’s the leadership category with “President” or “Founder” alongside a plethora of other club activities and probably some sort of national honor recognition.