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How I got into Harvard (Interview 2)

Updated: Dec 30, 2019

Stats

SAT: 1600 (800 Math, 800 Reading)

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

GPA: 4.00

Rank in Class: 2

Size of Class: 392

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


Extracurriculars

  • I played football and was the captain of my football team from my sophomore year to my senior year

  • I was the Vice-President of my class in my junior and senior years.


Short Personal Story

"I was pretty excited to get into Harvard.


I had gotten into Princeton in the fall so when Ivy day rolled around I wasn't too worried about the decision, but I was excited nonetheless.


Then, the problem became choosing between the two. I spent days and weeks comparing them right up to . the second to last day before I could choose to be accepted where I ultimately chose Harvard because it would be easier for my parents to come visit if I went there."

Useful Advice "Something which I believe helped me was getting a mentor and having a clear idea of what exactly I needed to do to get into Harvard or any of the Ivy's for that matter.


When I was in the 8th grade, my parents hired a course planner and 'education coach' who pretty much listed everything I needed to do, and the deadline I needed to do it by so that I could be put in the best position to succeed. He had this chart about how I'd take these classes in this year so that I could take these tests by this date and start writing my college essays by this date. It was this timeline broken down week by week of what I needed to do to help improve my odds of getting in.


In conjunction with that, my parents hired this 'resume building' expert and private tutor who had gone to Stanford to help me structure my resume and tutor for a couple hours a week every week throughout high-school.


While both might have been a little much, I think that it made a huge difference because I had a super clearcut way of getting in. I knew exactly what I needed to do now, next month, next year and could position myself accordingly.


If possible, I'd hire an educational planner and resume building expert because they help to simplify the process tremendously and help give a clear idea of what's really needed to make it.


They cost a little bit of money, my educational planner cost maybe $300 / hr and resume builder cost $200 / hr, but I'd say that it was worth it."


Harvard Undergraduate, Class of 2023

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