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Chance Me- Harvard REA 2024

Ruru09Ruru09 12 replies3 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
Hi everyone! I posted this before in August and didn't get much feedback and I have a few updates in this. I'm applying to Harvard REA for the class of 2024 . I would appreciate it if any of you could look at the info I listed below and rate my chances of getting (of course I'm aware that this is not reliable but why this won't hurt). I will omit specific names of programs and locations for things like competitions just for privacy. Any and all feedback/suggestions is also very appreciated. Thanks!
GPA: 94/100 (unweighted, I don't know what it is weighted)
ACT: 26 Composite, 10/12 Writing (Sept 2019) I'm taking it again in October and sending the new score.
Gender: female
I'm applying as a Biomedical Engineering Major
Ethnicity: Middle Eastern
I have taken all AP classes my school has to offer thus far: AP Euro, AP Lang, and APUSH. My senior year courses will consist of AP Macro, AP Lit, and an intro Computer Science class (my school doesn't have AP).
EXTRACURRICULARS:
Founder of a Biotech company and I have a patent pending
Student Govt Representative
Eco Club Founder and President
STEM Club Founder and President
Arab Culture Club President
I am a representative at a citywide budgeting committee for schools
I'm a Youth Councillor at a global institute organization that works to promote dialogue as a tool for addressing global challenges
I was on the advisory council of a history education institute for 3 years
AWARDS/HONORS:
(name of city) Science and Engineering Fair 1st place winner
Conrad Challenge Innovator
Engineering competition at an ivy league school through a summer program 1st place winner
(Citywide teacher's union) Science Scholar
I judged at the ivy league school summer program competition that I mentioned above and won last year.
SUMMER ACTIVITIES:
*wherever it says "ivy league school", I'm talking about the same school.
Global Institute Youth Councillor internship -2017
Biomedical Engineering program at (ivy league school) -2018
Continued prototyping on my device at (ivy league school)-2019
Internship at (ivy league school) and I'm working on finding bio-markers that indicate antibiotic resistance from bacteria as well as indicators of chemotherapy resistance in various cancers (I've honestly been primarily looking into ovarian cancer).

RECOMMENDATION LETTERS
1) My College Bio teacher whom I adore and she has repeatedly said that I'm the greatest student she's had in her years of teaching.
2) My mentor at (ivy league school) who has worked with me since day one of developing my device and the biomedical engineering summer program I did, said that I "raised the bar for future students."
3) My US History teacher for 2 years and student govt adviser since freshman year. He knows me both academically and personally.

-Personal Statement: My AP Lit teacher said it's very unique

BTW all of the individuals above are adults whom I formed very close relationships with because they helped me in many ways during my years in high school and I adore and appreciate each and every one of them. That's honestly the reason why I trusted the fact that asking them would be a good decision. I'm not sending all of these to Harvard, maybe only 2-3.
*I did have a drop in my gpa sophomore year (it was a 90 at the end of the year which isn't like me) because that year in particular was just absolutely terrible for me emotionally. My mother went through a near ovarian cancer diagnosis (the reason why I'm researching ovarian cancer 2 yrs later) and I lost my baby cousin to a hit and run only 3 days before school started. These events happened one after the other and I didn't know how to deal with the grief. This is something I will be mentioning on my Common App as well as have my guidance counselor write in for me as I often spoke to her about it. However, junior year, my end of the year gpa was a 97.72.
Sorry about the long post! I wanted to give as much context as possible. Thanks!!
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  • Ruru09Ruru09 12 replies3 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    I'd like to add that I'm from NYC
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  • GeekGuruGeekGuru 1 replies0 threadsRegistered User New Member
    If you'd like to share, what high school do you attend in NYC?
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  • jzducoljzducol 732 replies12 threadsRegistered User Member
    "ACT: 26 Composite"

    Unless this is going to be 33+ you will be wasting REA chance.
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  • Ruru09Ruru09 12 replies3 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    My high school is among the top high schools in NYC. It's not a specialized high school, however, we were admitted based on our grades in middle school.
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  • ImASenior2ImASenior2 16 replies3 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    26 act hurts, ngl. U rly need that to be 33-34+
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  • BKSquaredBKSquared 1381 replies7 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    Less than 5% of 2018 entering freshmen had ACT composites between 24 and 29. You can be assured that those students had some major hook going for them, most likely as athletic recruits. Agree with everyone else, don't waste your EA/ED bullet on Harvard unless you can get your ACT to over at least 33.
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  • Ruru09Ruru09 12 replies3 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    I see what you're all saying. Hopefully I can get the score up on the 26th. What about my extracurriculars, do they stand out? Also, should I apply RD if my score doesn't increase in October? Thanks!
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  • hurricane314hurricane314 33 replies12 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    I would suggest applying RD if you need more time to get your ACT score up. Since you're applying for a STEM major, what was the math subscore on your ACT? That will be looked at heavily.
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