My Ivy Education, an academic consulting and college counseling company run by Davidson Alum Krystle DiCristofalo and Davidson mom Donna DiCristofalo, would love to encourage high school sophomore and junior DYS to apply for the Telluride Association Summer Seminar (TASS) and to reach out for help in the application.
TASS, aka ‘the golden ticket to the Ivy Leagues,’ is the most prestigious and influential humanities summer program in the world, and is completely free for participants. Although the program has a <3% acceptance rate, My Ivy Education helps students get accepted at >15x that rate, using co-founder Krystle’s expertise as a Telluride alum herself. According to the website, it is a “free, six-week summer educational experience for high school sophomores and juniors.
TASS prepares and inspires promising young students to lead and serve through transformative educational experiences rooted in critical thinking and democratic community. Telluride Association covers all program costs for every student, including tuition, books, room and board, field trips, and facilities fees.” The program teaches college-level classes but offers no grades college credit, focusing instead on pure love of learning and the Telluride Association’s three pillars of democratic self-governance, intellectual inquiry, and community service.
Krystle feels strongly that the autonomy and independence students are given in their own learning was deeply beneficial to her as a Davidson Young Scholar, and cannot recommend the program enough to current high school students. Acceptance to the program is based almost entirely on four long essays and an interview for finalists, all of which Krystle helps students with as an internationally award-winning writer and graduate of Columbia University in creative writing, where they nominated her for the Rhodes Scholarship on the basis of her “impressive and compelling” essays. If TASS sounds like a fit for you, don’t hesitate to reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org for support in applying.