I apologize if this has been addressed before; just point me to the thread. I haven't seen anything about it, though.
I want to know how one's chances at a particular school are affected by contenders from the same high school. I mean, schools must be conscious of the message that they send out by accepting one particular student over another, right? And infinitely more so when the two people are in close contact with one another?
I recently found out that four or five of my overachiever friends will be applying to MIT next year alongside me. I joked with a few of them, like, "You. Me. One spot. YOU'RE ON," but then I started thinking: eek, that's probably pretty accurate!
I'd already been worrying nonstop about the ridiculously qualified students nationwide against whom I'll be competing, but I'd finally convinced myself that hey, it's worth a shot anyways; it's a crapshoot no matter what. But now that I'm competing against these nationally-ranked mathletes, debaters, etc., FROM MY OWN SCHOOL, I've gotten to thinking: what are the chances that they'll accept any more than two of us?
Schools won't accept too many people from one school, right? And, with that established, they'll no doubt pay attention to WHICH of us they accept. Are there certain things that they try to avoid when selecting one student over another from one particular school? Eek! Can anyone shed any light on this?