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How I got into Harvard (Interview 5)

Updated: Dec 30, 2019


SAT: 1560 (790 Math, 770 Reading)

ACT: 35 (35 English, 36 Math, 35 Reading, 35 Science)

GPA: 3.82

Rank in Class: 14

Size of Class: 239

AP's Taken: Physics Mechanics, AB Calculus, BC Calculus, Statistics, Chemistry, Biology, English Language, American History, Spanish Language, Spanish Literature


  • I ran track and field all four years of high school and became the distance team captain in my senior year of high school

  • I was a part of my schools Math League and Science Bowl Teams and well as the founder of its Chess and Engineering Clubs

  • I was my class treasurer and served from my freshman year until I stepped down at the end of my junior year.

Short Personal Story

"I don't even know if I could put what I felt into words when I got into Harvard. It was just wonderful. Absolutely wonderful!

My parents never finished high school my family comes from pretty humble beginning so they didn't really know that much about college and school after high school in general. It was a difficult process applying for financial aid, and doing taxes and a lot of different things, but making it in and seeing their faces when we went up to Boston for the preview was something I will never forget.

I'm sorry. I get really emotional and worked up thinking about it. Just seeing their faces when they saw the campus, the people, and realized how prestigious the school was just made me feel absolutely amazing. They had worked so hard for my sister and I. My dad would work 18 hours a day every single day, leaving home at 4AM and then returning around 10:30 PM to put food on the table and help feed our family. I remember one time when he pulled 2 all nighters in a row to pay for heating when a water pipe broke in our home during the winter and our home started to freeze.

And seeing the look of pride on their faces as they joined the other parents during the preview meant the world to me. Getting into Harvard was something of a fresh start for me, a way in which I could write a new chapter for my family and really do something for my sister and especially my mom and dad and give back to them for all that they had done for me.

I honestly don't know how to describe what it felt like to get into Harvard, but I can tell you that it felt good. It felt like a new chance to do something to change my families life."

Useful Advice "If I were giving advice to people who want to go to Harvard I'd tell that hard work is the only way to get there.

I was never really the best at any subject in my school, I was good to okay at a lot of things, but never really great at anything. But, I worked my tail off to try to become as good as I possibly could at each and every class I took and I eventually became good enough to be near the top of my class.

The kid in our class who ended being the Valedictorian only studied for maybe 1 hour per week for all his classes combined and spend maybe the same amount of time for the homework for an A. I would need to spend at least 60, 70, or 80 hours per week doing the exact same thing for an A-. While it might not have been fair, it was just what I needed to do to perform at that level.

So, if there's anyone who wants to make it into Harvard, just know that it takes a lot of hard work and disciple and work ethic to make it here. That's the only 'shortcut' or 'hack' I know to get here."

Harvard Undergraduate, Class of 2023

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