Is Harvard far from me??

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By Speedant (Speedant) on Sunday, April 04, 2004 - 10:43 am: Edit

I come from Hong Kong, China. I have been in the US and have spoken English(before, I have never spoken English before) since August 03. I am a junior now. In my country, there were a few opportunities for volunteering. I knew that volunteering is one of the critical factors to be admitted in Ivy League Colleges. Also, when I first came to US, my counsellor messed up my schedule. I was not in any APs, or Honors!? The reason was that she didn't have enough time to put me in those classes. Although I got straight As, I knew the scores are useless. Since I was a new student at my school, I found myself difficult to be committee members or presidents in the clubs and be captains in the sports team(not because I am a non-socail person). I am currently in the soccer team and math club only......I am planning to take the SAT and SAT II subject tests. I knew I could easily get 800 on the math part. Also, I am confident acing SAT II Math IIC and SAT II Physics. I have chosen rigorous classes for my senior year - 3AP classes(since my school only offers 7 APs). On the other hand, I am looking for volunteer work and I found one. What I want to know is that can all my work salvage my situation?

By Speedant (Speedant) on Sunday, April 04, 2004 - 12:41 pm: Edit


By Scarletgirl (Scarletgirl) on Sunday, April 04, 2004 - 04:07 pm: Edit

"What I want to know is that can all my work salvage my situation?"

Yes, but there's no guarantee? You're English could be a need to know enough to pass the TOEFL, I think it is, and write a good essay. You sound math heavy--have you won any awards? Most people are either very well-rounded or have a "wow" somewhere.

"The reason was that she didn't have enough time to put me in those classes. "

I don't like guidance counselors. They are perpetually screwing things up. On the other hand, maybe she thought you couldn't be in honor classes bc you had just learned English.

I would say join more extracurricular activities, but now that you're a junior it almost seems too late. :/ I don't think one can definitively pass judgment though, so I wish you good luck and encourage you not to give up. And of course, not getting in is not the end of the world.

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