Hi, I've seen connections mentioned in some threads, and I was just wondering what actually counts as a good political connection. Also, how important are they in relation to recs, scores, essays, etc.?
Nah. It's more internationalish. I know only about 20 people applied to Harvard from Fujian in China (like a state but bigger), and 5 got in. They didn't have any special awards or ecs, just perfect (or near) SAT and 4.0s. The thing they do have in common is that their parents are fairly influential in the Chinese gov. or economy. Some kids have the same stats (parents, SAT) but got rejected due to their low grades--Harvard actually TOLD them in the rejection letter their grades were too low.
Okay, first you said "Harvard actually TOLD them in the rejection letter their grades were too low." Then you said "It was the Harvard enrollment people or whatever who said in a LETTER that their grades/scores were too low. Not in the offical rejection letter." Now you're saying the interviewers told them. Now, interviewers don't get info on you, and if they request a copy of the transcript or the likes they most likely won't tell you "you're grades are too low" at the interview because they don't want to represent Harvard as a bunch of *******s.