My family's been prodding me to apply to Harvard next year [and I don't want to make it sound like I'm some dream applicant who's "considering" Harvard; they just think that good test scores and grades are enough to give one a really good chance] and I've been saying no because, frankly, I think CC has skewed me against Harvard. I read so many posts where people bash Ivy-League schools as overrated, for whatever reason, I think I've absorbed some of that feeling.
In my mind I've been telling myself that "I don't want to be the type of person that goes to Harvard," i.e. convincing myself that Harvard students are probably something they aren't.
So back to my original question - why should I apply to Harvard?