Decisions will be sent out by December 13. It's December 11. The paranoia is starting to take hold. If I were accepted, would I have received my letter/email yet? I mean, it does say BY December 13...
Of course it's a longshot. That's what everyone says. You see people with 2400SAT, 800SAT2 get rejected, and you think, "how the fuck do i have a chance?" Yea, everyone acknowledges acceptance being a longshot, but everyone expects to be the needle in the haystack, for various reasons.
What's so special about me? How would I differentiate myself from other applicants? From everything I've read, everyone I've talked to, that's your best bet at being the needle in the haystack. Especially if you aren't the Super-Academic.
Now you might say, sir darth, inform me of your credentials; why would you deserve acceptance?
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-3.71UW/4.57W GPA (out of 4)
-IB Diploma Student
-5 years living abroad experience
-4 year football player; 2X captain (led our team to first winning season in 13 years)
-3 year track&field
-Studied for a month in France as part of the Tufts Summit European Center Program
-National Honor Society
-Foreign Language Honor Society
-5 AP GOV, 4 AP USH (as a freshman)
-Attend a minority majority high school (avg SAT score is 1540/2400)
-Football accolades (1st team blablabla)
-Great rec letters
-Very good essays (e.g - "Sleeping With Monks: A Personal Adventure")
-VERY good interview with Mary Louise Kelly of NPR/Georgetown faculty
-Attended Harvard's overnight football camp last summer
-Helped out a lot at community events for the school, PTSA, summer camp, etc.
-1940 SAT (made me want to kill myself lol)
-620 French SAT2 (i'm much better speaking than writing/grammar)
-600 Biology SAT2
The one thing about the IB program, the classes are two years long. I had only had the first year of biology before I had to take the SAT2, so I had not learned neurobiology, hormones, etc. which show up very frequently on the SAT2.
The SAT really fucked me up. I see so many people with nigh perfect SATs, and SAT2s. It's really depressing.
Ugh. It's such a crapshoot. So many deserving individuals. Did I do enough to distinguish myself, to take away from my subpar SAT results? Only time will tell. I'm aware that people overhype Harvard and the importance of it, but I've invested so much time, effort...hope, into it. I will be elated or crushed.
I'm naturally pessimistic. Either I will be right, and I haven't been accepted, or I will be happy. Let's hope for the latter.