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How I got into Harvard (Interview 8)

Updated: Dec 30, 2019


SAT: 1550 (750 Math, 800 Reading)

ACT: 35 (36 English, 35 Math, 36 Reading, 34 Science)

GPA: 3.96

Rank in Class: 1

Size of Class: 171

AP's Taken: English Language, English Literature, Art History, French Language, European History, American History, Italian Language, Latin, Spanish Language, Spanish Literature, Studio Art Drawing, Studio Art 2-D, Studio Art 3-D, World History


  • I was on my school Orchestra group and was the leader of my schools choir group

  • I played piano outside of school and performed at numerous competitions nationwide

  • I was the founder of my school's Book and music clubs and served as president from my Sophomore year until my Senior year.

Short Personal Story

"I wasn't sure how to feel about getting into Harvard. I was excited to get in, but after getting into Princeton in the fall, it introduced a little bit of conflict into my life and led to the agonizing process of trying to decide between the two.

Yeah, I know, such a terrible problem to have, but it really was pretty stressful trying to pick between my two favorite schools. I was so torn between the two that I think my parents and I shuttled between the two a total of 8 or 9 times before I finally made up my mind and committed to Harvard. And I don't regret it one bit!

Once I committed, it felt absolutely amazing because I could truly take in everything about Harvard. The people, the architecture, the culture, it was all amazing and I couldn't wait to be a part of it!"

Useful Advice "Something which really helped me was tutoring. By far, what I would recommend that anyone and everyone should have a student mentor and receive tutoring in the subjects they aren't that strong in.

I personally was not that good at math. Like I was terrible at math. Geometry made me recoil and tremble with fear whenever it was brought up. Algebra was terrifying and I wanted nothing to do with it. And calculus... I couldn't even be in the same room as a derivative without crying.

After the first semester of my freshman year of high school my parents hired a tutor to help me with math and, bless her soul, Anna was the best thing that ever happened to me in high school.

Slowly, we worked through the theorems and all the word gymnastics found in those geometry problems and then we worked through the algebra in my sophomore year and the precalculus in my junior year ultimately ending with calculus in my senior year. We moved slowly at first, but eventually I was able to start understanding math and even started to be a little good at it.

On top of this, Anna had gone to Princeton and pretty much helped me through the entire college application process and pretty much held my hand and guided me so that I could get into Harvard.

I know that without Anna I wouldn't be here today.

If there's anything I would ever give as advice, I'd say that they should try to find some sort of mentor to help them along. Schools do a good job in helping students get ready for college, but there are some things which aren't captured and better explained by someone who has gone through the process."

Harvard Undergraduate, Class of 2023

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