hey it’s Beth and welcome back to my Channel today I’m going to be filming my most requested video of all time which is how to get into Harvard if you like these types of videos and new to my channel subscribe down below. you stay updated you can also follow me on my social media Instagram and snapchat for more updates. click this lemur before I start I’m not an admissions officer and I don’t work for the admissions office these are my experiences and what I thought worked for me and hopefully you’ll find it helpful for you I’m also going to be splitting this video into four main parts what I think Harvard is looking for academics extracurriculars and essays and we want to leave timestamps of each of those sections in the description box down below. pop that open that way you can go to the section that you want to know more about okay let’s get started. number one what I think Harvard is looking for it’s hard to say because Harvard has such a diverse array of admitted students but I think for the most part Harvard is looking for well-rounded and intelligent individuals that want to make a difference in the world I know that’s a very broad idea but it’s nice how to keep that in the back of your mind as you’re going throughout the application process and also going through high school and internships everything. you can’t just be smart and have good test scores you also need to show that you’re involved in the community and your leader and you’re willing to make sacrifices to make a difference in our society it’s also important to stand out Harvard really looks for unique individuals in my opinion. if you have like a hobby that maybe isn’t as popular then definitely highlight that or really pursue that especially if you love it because it’s something that’ll make you stand out from the tens of thousands of people that apply every year number to academics. what I mean by academics are SAT scores and grades for the SAT I already made a video on study tips and. you can open that right there hopefully you’ll find it helpful put some quick statistics you can find these on their website which I’ll link down below most admitted students get a 6 to 800 on each of the separate parts of the SAT the nice thing about Harvard is that it accepts super scores without penalties a super score is using multiple tests as a full exam. if you did really well in the math portion your spring exam but you didn’t do. well in the reading / writing you can take the SAT again in the fall and use your fall reading and writing with your spring math to make one test score you could essentially take the test like five or six times but I really wouldn’t recommend taking it more than three times since you’re not likely to improve after that Harvard also requires two SAT Subject Tests and I would suggest that you take them in two subjects that are not related to each other. for instance don’t take like a physics subject test at a chemistry subject test because it kind of shows that you’re only focused and talented in the sciences. for me I did one in math level two and then one in English literature and I submitted those two. for grades obviously you need good grades however does not have a cut-off GPA it also doesn’t have a cutoff SAT score Harvard does say that it admits students who are in the top 10 to 15 percent of the graduating class you want to show through your grades that you’re a high achieving student. what that means is take honors upper courses or AP and IB level courses if you can and if you can handle the difficulty don’t take that advice to mean take every possible highest level class that you can because you want to be able to do well in your classes and have a balanced schedule and Harvard understand that I didn’t take every AP that in high school offer it’s still important to show that you’re willing to take difficult classes and pursue advanced coursework it will really show that you’re academically inclined and that you’re willing to learn and happy to learn which are qualities at Harvard really looks for I also want to emphasize that one or two bad grades does not ruin your chances at all a lot of things could factor into getting a bad grade and that will not hurt your chances like significantly I took a total of nine AP throughout my high school career. that broke down to two my sophomore year three my junior year and four my senior third extracurriculars. I have six tips for extracurriculars my number one tip and this applies to a lot of things in life but do what you love don’t just do something because you think it’s what admissions officers want because they can smell BS from a mile away they’ve been doing this for years. just do what you love and put all your heart into it and they’ll be able to tell tip number two I’ve already mentioned this but try to do something unique but only do if you love it but this just means like try a lot of things your freshman sophomore year and just pick out what you love from there. keep your mind very open and then slowly kind of narrow it down. number three is be committed. after you’ve waited through all the possible clubs and extracurricular activities you could do your freshman sophomore year find the ones that you love and stick with them throughout the rest of high school because that will really show that you’re dedicated to the club and you can make a commitment to something tip number four assume the ranks in that organization and what I mean is if you’re really dedicated and you’re really passionate about that club you should want to make a difference and you should want to lead the organization I’ve more specific advice join a community service organization and a leadership skill developing organization because as I mentioned before however it really looks for leaders that want to make a positive change in the world not only will those two types of clubs fit into that archetype but it will also teach a really valuable life lessons like being compassionate and be grateful and humble and how to communicate effectively and speak in front of people by leadership organizations I mean things like model Congress Model United Nations speech debate anything like that if you don’t have an organization in your school like that make one because that shows you have even more initiative and you can take charge and just do it yourself if it doesn’t exist number six is get an internship or some sort of work experience over your summers I know it’s really hard for high schoolers to do that it’s even hard for college students. don’t worry but if you can please try to this can be as simple as like waitressing at your local deli or I mean diner or helping your mom out at work like something simple. that you can put it on your resume and show that you’re willing to work during even during your time off. for me I did Model United Nations for four years what’s the president of that my senior year I was almost club which is a service club dedicated to helping homeless for four years and I was the president of that my senior year for three years and was secretary of that my senior year and then I co-founded and I guess was co-president of our Speech and Debate club because we didn’t have a team. I wanted to create a fort more kids could have a debate and just practice their public speaking skills and then I also volunteered for a year and a half at which helps two distinct eyes suicide and generate more awareness about suicide prevention and decreased suicide in my local community and then over the summer I interned at my state senators office and then I also took summer classes. the fourth topic is essays to apply to Harvard you have to write up to two and I say two because one of them is optional. the first one is required and it’s through the common app which is a website that almost all colleges use nowadays to read your application and. you have to fill in I’ll leave the link to the website down below but you have to fill in like your GPA your resume like all that good stuff SAT scores and then you have like essay prompts and you can already view the essay prompts even though the application doesn’t open until August first. I’ll leave them down below. you can read them.
Harvard also has a supplement most colleges have supplements which are essays that they want you to write. they list some prompts and you have to respond to them if you want to apply to that school Harvard supplement is actually optional it’s kind of phrase like if you feel like application doesn’t do your identity justice then feel free to answer one of these prompts I would a hundred percent recommend that you do it even though that it’s optional because I would take that opportunity to express something more about yourself that you think hasn’t been expressed in the application if they can have another opportunity to get to know you as a person you should 100% take advantage of that. for both of them the prompts like they have prompts to help you think but one of the problems is like write whatever you want it is hard though to write these essays because they’re like supposed to be about your identity and like personal statement about who you are as an individual but you know as a 17 or 18 year old you don’t know I already don’t know and I’m 20 years old and my parents probably don’t know either but there are a few tips I can give you to get started. tip number one is brainstorm write about something that really describes you as a person it can be something as small as like your grandma’s chicken on Sundays that she always makes for you like a family tradition that’s always a good topic something that shows who you are as an individual and also something that you can use as a metaphor to explain something bigger in life like a bigger life lesson might be cheesy but it is important also to help you brainstorm a really great thing to do is to read previous essays it doesn’t even have to be four of the Common App or the Harvard supplement just any sort of previous college essay the Crimson does publish a book I think every other year on 50 successful essays from Harvard and I’m in the most recent one my supplement is and you can just buy that online. I’ll leave a link down below you can find my essay but that’s always a really great way to get inspiration my last tip is just to write a lot of drafts like you can write multiple drafts about each subject that you come up with and don’t be afraid of that because your first draft is never gonna be the best one I promise you I’m once you finish writing edit and edit and ask everyone you know to read it over because someone else’s perspective will be. refreshing like they’ll have a fresh take on your essay and be able to give you feedback on something you might not have thought of before. I’m talking like your gym teacher your tutor your parents your friends your siblings anyone who you trust they’ll just give you something new to think about. for me for my essay for my comment app I wrote one on the prompt with something like name an event that changed you from a child to an adult something like that it’s a little different now but I wrote about a speech that I did in eighth grade where I was really shy and I was super nervous and then I kind of like drew inspiration for my own speech because it was about like little like little margins I can make it big difference in the world it’s called inches it’s based on any given Sunday um. I felt like I really learned a lot from that speech and I became a different person like I was much more outgoing after that and.
I wrote about that and I made it a metaphor for how that one speech was like the inch I needed to become Who I am today super corny but it worked you guys and then for the supplement I wrote about my love for the Latin language and classics I just felt like it was something I was super underappreciated and undervalued today and. I really wanted to share my thoughts on it and why I loved studying it for six years and it was a very unique topic I think because not a lot of kids take Latin and it’s like kind of a dying or dead language and. I talked I discussed that in my essay – I won’t go into too many details because you can read it in that book but that’s what I wrote about. definitely my topics were very personal and unique and I think that is really what you want in an essay you want something that’s very personal highlights who you are as individual and is unique and helps you stand out because the essay is really the only part of the entire application where you can really let your own voice come through because everything else is just like SAT scores grades whatever right and this is the only time we have the freedom to talk about whatever you want which is amazing. take advantage of that opportunity all right that’s all the advice I’ll be giving today if you like this video be sure to give it a thumbs up and subscribe to my channel if you have any questions about Harvard the application process anything please leave them in the comments down below I always try to respond you guys thank you. much for watching and I’ll see you next time bye