Hi guys, I just have a couple questions heading into the application process. First, some basic information about me:
UW GPA: 4.0. (Don't know how to calculate weighted, as I've never had to) This makes puts me at 1st out of ~400 students in my class.
I've taken 4 AP classes, plan on finishing with 10 (1 sophomore year, 3 junior year, as well as 6 for senior year) With the AP scores, I've also earned "AP Scholar with Honor," although I'm not sure of the specifics of that award.
I took the ACT (I live in the Midwest) for the first time back when I was 13, and got a 29. I took it again last fall and got a 33. I plan on taking it one more time this fall (why not, right?).
My SAT, however, wasn't as great. I took it once cold turkey this past June and only got a 2070, with a 630 (yikes!) in writing. I do NOT plan on submitting this score. I plan on going with the ACT/SAT II option. I have yet to take my SAT subject tests.
I have standard, run-of-the-mill extra-curriculars, such as president of student council, and I am very involved in and outside of my school. Mock Trial, Forensics, Golf, Powerlifting, German Club, GSA, Political Discussion Club, NHS, etc.
I think my main strength, though, is my passion for politics.
At the age of 14, I first started volunteering on a local congressional campaign (one that, unfortunately, came up a bit short in 2010). Since then, I have successfully campaigned with my town's current 24-year-old mayor and my assembly district's current candidate for state assembly. I am also currently in the middle of a fellowship with Organizing for America to reelect President Obama (I am, in fact, the youngest fellow in my state). This requires a minimum of 15 hours a week from me, unpaid, to be in charge of organizing my community for the President's campaign. At 16 years old, I know it is rather uncommon to be this passionate and involved in politics and therefore I think it would be cool to base my essays and such off of my experiences.
Finally, I started a small, local polling firm in my community. I'm still in the process of getting my first contract and making my first sale, but I'm very close on a couple of fronts. I think would be especially great because it directly ties in with my passion for politics, seeing as much of the polling we will be doing is for local political races that, otherwise, do not have the opportunity to be locally polled.
1. If I'm positive that Harvard is my #1 choice, is it worth it for me to apply Early Action?
2. Am I qualified for Harvard in general? I feel a little undermanned against some of the 2400 SATs and 36 ACTs I've seen, but I don't think my general strength lies in my test scores. Should a 33 ACT and good SAT IIs be "good enough" to get past the test score hurdle?