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How I got into Harvard (Interview 11)

Stats

SAT: 1590 (800 Math, 790 Reading)

ACT: 36 (36 English, 36 Math, 36 Reading, 36 Science)

GPA: 3.97

Rank in Class: 1

Size of Class: 195

AP's Taken: AB Calculus, BC Calculus, Chemistry, Biology, Environmental Science, English Language, English Literature, American History, European History, World History, Spanish Language, Spanish Literature, Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, Computer Science, Statistics, Physics Mechanics, Physics Electricity and Magnetism


Extracurriculars

  • I was in my school's debate team, DECA chapter, and National Honor Society

  • I was on my school's spring track team for all four years of high school


Short Personal Story

"I pretty much died when I got into Harvard. I just couldn't believe it. It had been 12 years of sweat and pain and now I could finally take a break and breathe. It was s surreal feeling honestly. I don't think I felt anything other than pure joy for the next couple weeks as I was still riding the high from the acceptance. It was pretty great."

Useful Advice "I'd say that something which may have helped me stand out might have been the fact that I took a bunch of Ap tests and did decently well on them.


I remember someone telling me that the record number of Ap's taken by a student at my school was 15, and I thought 'I think I can beat that' and I went ahead to beat that. I took 5 my freshman year, 6 my sophomore year, 6 my junior year, and 2 my senior year.


I think that, in general, going way beyond what admissions officers expect is sure to make you stand out. In whatever way works for you, just try to do a little bit more of it so that you stand out.


I happened to take a huge number of Ap tests, but if you take a huge number of extracurriculars, or a extremely good at math, or are extremely athletic, or can write and extremely good story, you'll stand out.


Do one thing and do it really really well and you should be fine."


Harvard Undergraduate, Class of 2023

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