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So I'm a greencard holder, Southeast Asian, low income ( extremely low < 10K), inner city high school and none of my family members work. I used to think that a poor kid like me, if really put effort, can eventually have the shot at Harvard or other prestigious institutions ( A typical inspiring story, isn't it?)
But lately, I've found out that the price of getting admission is large. I'm not URM, not athlete, not big donator etc. and often these kids get picked. So at this point I'm really wondering, are Harvard as well as other Ivies which claim to be need-blind actually need blind? It makes that even harder at this dire economic time, and American is a capitalist country.... So I think the chance of me being accepted is less than 0.0005%
What do you think?