^^ Well, I guess it all depends on what you define as "average joe." See: Bookmobile (post #42) and YoHoYoHo (post #40). Their kids were accepted SCEA to Yale without hooks, as was my son, so it does happen!
Your posts on cc have become snarky, so I really hope that the tone of your essays are more appropriate. Twenty-four more days to go! Good luck to you and I'm sure all of us will be checking-in to see how that advice from the book worked out.
Philo: why don't you step back and chill? Not everyone on this forum is a HS student with whom you're in competition or need to dominate. Many of us are alumni or Yale parents here to share advice, encouragement and perspective. We offer opinions, seasoned with the knowledge that we only have a very small part of the picture. The princeling attitude of your posts cannot be what you hope to project.
^^^ T26E4's assessment is accurate . . . and it's sad that you cannot understand, or take advice, about the tone of your posts. The snarkiness, the I know-it-all attitude, make it sound like Harvard would be a better fit than Yale. And I say that with love and experience, as I have a kid at each school. There is a clear attitudinal difference between the schools -- and right now, your tone doesn't seem to fit in with what I have heard and experienced at Yale.