Hi, I'm currently a junior enrolled in a private online high school. I've always wanted to go to Harvard or at least some equally prestigious school. I have excellent grades and SAT/ACT scores (between Harvard's 25/75 percentiles) but haven't taken any AP or honors classes despite the fact my school offers tons of them (didn't really know much about them or why someone would take them until now)
Recently, I have been researching what it takes to get into Harvard, or any highly selective school for that matter. I had no idea that it took so much to get accepted. I thought that as long as you had a 4.0 and could get a 33 on the ACT that you had at least a reasonable shot. Now people are telling me that I don't have a chance at all. I've heard you have to take years of APs, win national awards, work hundreds of volunteer hours, and all sorts of things I haven't done. I'd never even heard of TASP or whatever it's called. My only EC is working part time for a pharmacy to help pay bills, etc and my school has some clubs but they're not very involving, considering they're online based. I don't play any sports either.
What is something I could do that would be good enough to get into HPYS? I'm extremely interested in science and politics if that helps with your suggestions. Is there anything or am I doomed?
I don't know if it matters but I know someone will probably mention this, I will be able to get letters of recommendation from teachers and will take AP classes next year, although that is the only year I can take them since its too late to do it this year. \