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An Interview with Olga Kiyan, NBPS Class of 2018 and Harvard College Class of 2022

17 December 2017

Olga Kiyan shares advice for other NBPS students and talks about her life as a North Broward Prep student and bringing her personality to life in her college applications.


  • Olga Kiyan

How long have you attended NBPS?

I started attending NB during my freshmen year of high school.

What activities, clubs and service organizations are you involved with? Include any leadership roles you hold (or have held)

I have been a part of Brainwash since freshmen year, and I am the Editor-in-Chief this year. I have also been a member of the Ronald McDonald House Club since my freshman year. In addition to these clubs, I am a member of the National Honor Society, and I am the treasurer of this organization. I am also a member of the Science NHS, Rho Kappa Honor Society, and National Honor Society for Dance Arts. Outside of school, I am primarily involved with ballroom dancing. I have been ballroom dancing with my brother since I was 10, and we have won the national title in Youth American Smooth Championship in 2016 and 2017.

What has been your favorite class at NBPS and why?

Out of all the classes I have taken, IB English has been one of my top favorites. I really enjoy languages and writing, so English has always been one of my favorite classes. The way in which Mr. Gende teaches us about language has pushed my thinking about the power and the use of words as well as helped me gain an appreciation and understanding of literature I didn't think was possible.

What do you plan to study in college?

While I am undecided on what I would like to study in college, I am considering studying economics. Working to understand the exchange of goods and services fascinates me, and as a student who enjoys both the social sciences and mathematics, I believe this field of study would be a good fit for me. I do know that, regardless what I end up studying, I want it to be something that pushes my critical thinking and problem-solving skills while also allowing me to make an impact in the real world.

What advice would you give to students who want to attend an Ivy League School?

Grades are obviously important, because everyone who will be applying to an Ivy will have strong grades. However, that's the thing - everyone is going to have good grades, so you can't hope to get accepted on the basis of your transcript and test scores alone. More than anything, I think all Ivy League schools want to see the people behind the applications, specifically the passions they have and why they do what they do. Therefore, my biggest piece of advice would be to focus in on the things you truly love to do and develop those passions throughout high school, as opposed to overloading your schedule with the clubs and activities you think these schools want to see. These activities don't necessarily have to be anything revolutionary or life changing. It can be anything, from a sport to a fine art to a club and beyond; what matters is what you do with that activity. At the end of the day, passion is something that is very specific to each and every individual, so you if you can discover and shows yours, it will help you go a long way.