I have a goal of attending Harvard's Asian Studies program. I studied Korean for two years in 8th and 9th grade (but I haven't retained much) and I am currently studying Mandarin. It has mostly been self study because my school's administration made some errors and I was only able to take an official course for one semester. I am exchanging in China over the summer and I plan to take the Chinese subject SAT to prove my proficiency despite not taking an actual course for several years. I'm a sophomore and over the next couple years I want to build impressive merits to be admitted based off of my passion for Asian languages. Where do you suggest I go from here? Should I learn Japanese in addition to Mandarin, or focus completely on Mandarin? Are there any ways I can build onto my achievements such as contests or awards?
Any information will be appreciated!
As I mentioned before, my school's Mandarin program has been mediocre and they were not even aware that the online course they had me do was only one semester. It is a Catholic high school and I feel I am wasting my time with religion courses. I was homeschooled from grades 7-9 and I hated the lack of socialization, but it would give me the freedom to take higher quality language courses and focus on the subjects I need. Any advice there would also be great. Thank you.