In revealing my teenage self, some parts of my application will be pretty embarrassing (you'll see why below).
But my mission through my company Prep Scholar is to give the world the most helpful resources possible, so I’m publishing it.
This is the application guide I wished I had when I was in high school.
If you’re applying to top schools like the Ivy Leagues, you’ll see firsthand what a successful application to Harvard and Princeton looks like.
You’ll learn the strategies I used to build a compelling application.
You’ll see what items were critical in getting me admitted, and what didn’t end up helping much at all.Page by page, word for word, you’ll see everything exactly as I presented it: extracurricular activities, awards and honors, personal statements and essays, and more.In addition to all this detail, there are two special parts of this college application breakdown that I haven’t seen anywhere else: For every piece of my application, I’ll provide commentary on what made it so effective and my strategies behind creating it.Finally, we'll spend a lot of time going through every page of my college application, both the Common App and the Harvard Supplemental App.From my student records, I was able to retrieve the COMPLETE original application I submitted to Harvard.The point of this guide is to use my application as a vehicle to discuss what top colleges are looking for in strong applicants.Even though the specific details of what you'll do are different from what I did, the principles are the same.I’m also irreverent and have a strong, direct personality.What you see in this guide is NOT what YOU need to do to get into Harvard, especially if you don’t match my interests and personality at all.You're going to see everything that the admissions officers saw.If you’re hoping to see an acceptance letter like this in your academic future, I highly recommend you read this entire article.