Not sure if this would go under this category but the B-school one mainly focuses on MBAs. I am a grade 10 high school student in Canada, who gets marks in the low 90s and has some fairly decent ECs (JA, DECA, conferences, 4 weeks volunteering @ science camp, Shad Valley, contests, etc.). I am currently debating whether to put in the major effort required to attempt to get in to an Ivy league school (mainly Wharton). Frankly, I don't know if I can achieve the marks to get in, because I have to work pretty hard to maintain a low-mid 90 average. I know I would have to study for SATs and majorly crank up ECs to even have a chance of admission at the Ivy leagues.
Mainly, I want to do whatever gets me the best career prospects in finance in the US and internationally. I would say I'd want to go into IB but its fairly naive to make that assumption in grade 10. I'd also like to work at GS (I got a book on their history for Christmas) but that is also a fairly naive statement to make in grade 10. I realize that the Ivies will have much better prospects, but I want to know if its worth the money and effort for admission. Ivey seems to have a good reputation and so does Queens (the Canadian universities I am primarily interested in), and I'm pretty sure I'll be able to get into them (and get a small scholarship if I'm lucky!). The main factor that hinders me from trying for the US is all the amazing people that get rejected...people who play in a state orchestra with 9 years of cello playing experience, who are 3rd in the state for badminton, with perfect SAT scores and 4.0 GPA. These amazing people get rejected, and I don't play any instruments anymore, and the only sports team I'm on is cross country (the one you can't get cut for!). And there's still a lot of amazing students that stay in Canada when they could've gone to the US. I am also wondering whether the Ivies for undergrad would provide a significant advantage over Canadian universities (mainly Queens & Ivey) for admission to top MBA programs in the US and Europe. I guess my main concern is that I don't want to miss out on an opportunity that I might regret for the rest of my life.
MBAapply, I saw that you went to Queens for undergrad and went to Wharton for an MBA, I'd be really interested in hearing your opinion on this situation.
Thanks everyone, I look forward to reading your views!