Australian HSC students have Ivy League universities in their sights

"I want to have that experience of being surrounded by dynamic people who are interested in big things.": Nikki Liang from Pymble Ladies' College is applying to Harvard, Columbia and Yale.

Nikki Liang has her sights set on Harvard, Columbia or Yale when she graduates from Pymble Ladies’ College this year, inspired by other students from her school who have already gone on to the top Ivy League universities.

“In Australia, you’re a big fish in a small pond, and in the US you’re a small fish in a big pond,” Ms Liang said. “I want to have that experience of being surrounded by dynamic people who are interested in big things.”

Georgia Separovich graduated from Yale University in 2012, after doing her HSC at Loreto Normanhurst. She is now a board member of the Yale Club of Australia and conducts alumni interviews with students in Sydney as part of the university’s application process.

“I look for how students think, how they communicate, their interests and whether they’re a well-rounded person,” said Ms Separovich.

http://www.smh.com.au/national/education/hsc-students-set-their-sights-on-the-ivy-league-20150621-ghkmy5