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How I got into Harvard (Interview 7)

Stats

SAT: 1590 (800 Math, 790 Reading)

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

GPA: 3.94

Rank in Class: 3

Size of Class: 144

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


Extracurriculars

  • I was a part of my school's choir team from my Freshman year till my Senior year

  • I founded my schools Engineering Club and was the president of my schools STEM club


Short Personal Story

"I was pretty happy when I got into Harvard. My freinds and I were all at one of my freinds houses watching movies and waiting until that fateful hour when deciisons utlimately came out.


For good Karma we watched legally blonde and drank hot chocolate as we waited. When the movie was over, we set up boxes of tissues and cookies and chocolate just in case and proceeded to count down the minutes.


Soon, it was time and we all opened up our computers and started freaking out in unison.


'OMG! I got into Brown!'


'I got into Princeton!'


'I got into Penn!'


'I got into Harvard!'


It was amazing!


Thankfully we didn't need the tissues, but we had an amazing girls night and were super excited and talked about our plans for the future while watching movies and eating cookies and chocolate for the rest of the night."

Useful Advice "Wow, that's a hard question. I'm not really sure that there's really one thing which allowed me to get into Harvard. Sure the SAT score and Ap Scores helped, but I'm pretty sure that there are at least a thousand applicants with equal, if not better, scores than me, so I don't think that mattered too much.


If I were to focus on one thing, I'd say that it was probably my essay. I think that since I wrote my essay about a topic that really mattered to me and was pretty emotional, it might have given the admissions officers a chance to pause and think about who I could be instead of just scanning over the essay and tossing it.


If I were to give advice, I'd tell people who wanted to get into Harvard to focus on telling a story which means a lot to them. For example, I talked about the death of my parents and how that shaped me into the person I am today. While it doesn't need to be that personal, I believe that it should be meaningful to the person writing it and should show who they are. If they do that, I think that it might give them a better shot of getting in to Harvard because at least they'll come off as human not a group of numbers and sheet of words."


Harvard Undergraduate, Class of 2023

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