Does anyone know the chances of getting into SHAD this year? People have been saying 50-60% but those posts are probably a bit outdated as more people know more about this program.
And how will I do in the application process? Unfortunately Ive started this year with a low 85 average but I have several ECs to my name. I play soccer and taekwondo, play the piano and guitar, member of cadets, lifeguard and volunteer at the hospital and homeless shelter. My essay is probably at the B+ mark and I believe my reference is very solid. What are my chances of getting in?
Over the past year, I have been blindsided with the reality that I have accomplished so little compared to other individuals in my situation and age-level. I have looked at the Loran scholarship, TD scholarship, and Schulich scholarship winners/nominees, and have been astounded at the amount of accomplishments they have achieved over their 4 years of high school. As well, I watch a lot of sports and I have also seen the success that these teenagers in many different sports have had. As well, there are also all of those other successful people around the world who reach prestigious universities (Oxford, Harvard, etc.), or accomplish something else amazing in the world. I have been naïve about my accomplishments because throughout most of high school and elementary school I have been called "smart", and have had the highest average compared to my fellow students. I have been mostly surrounded by those who did not care about school, and did not accomplish much (except 3-4 athletes and maybe 1 student), and I think this had a part in my believe that I am a hard-working individual, and someone who had accomplished something in his life so far. I always considered myself as being equal to these previous achievers mentioned, and that I would be someone who would win one of these scholarships (or accomplish my dream of becoming a pro soccer player). I am an immigrant, live in a very low-income situation, and do not have a lot of social confidence, and I think this has played a part in reducing my accomplishments so far (like not being able to actually play on an actual competitive soccer team). However, I know that others go through much more during their lives, and they have found those slim opportunities to accomplish much more than me despite the enormous obstacles in their paths. Anyways, I thought I should ask the question of how I can go about pushing myself to accomplish my goals and to achieve a lot more on a daily basis ? How do successful individuals push themselves on a daily basis, not get side-tracked, focus on their goals, don't procrastinate, time-manage, have confidence in themselves, go and grab the opportunities at hand, overcome any obstacle that blocks their path, and live everyday knowing they have succeeded? How do they direct their lives so that days and weeks and months do not pass by, but that they control time? Should I live by a mantra, look at a quote everyday, plan what happens in every single minute of my life? How do I become a success? How do I accomplish the big goals I have planned in my head? I have always wanted to be part of the solution of all of these seismic problems in the world, but have never had the self-believe, ambition, or determination to accomplish them. How can I change myself so that I can go and accomplish these tasks, and eventually leave this world knowing that I did everything I could to have the most impact I could in the time that I had living in this world?
I am going into first-year of university this September, and therefore want to make sure I reach my accomplishments in this important time in my life.
- Any advice form those who go and achieve their goals would be helpful?
P.S. I know this is probably not the best place to ask this question, but maybe that successful athlete, loran scholar, or difference-maker is able to read this and help me.