First off, I'd like to personally thank anyone who takes the time out of their day to read and potentially answer or give guidance to me. This is my first post on this forum, and I'm not very good in the literacy department.
Ok, my question. At age 15 (will be 16 in December 30th) I am going into my Sophomore year in High-School. I'm going to be straight forward and honest. The last 4-5 years I've been screwing around in school; by that I mean B's and C's and below. I have never failed a class or been held back. So, basically I've been doing enough just to get by. My mother always told me I was smart. She is a psychotherapist. So I mean I assume I have the brain power. Maybe not to get into Harvard (even though she believes so). But nonetheless a good school.
But, this year I want it to be different. I'm going to work hard. I'm going to get good grades. Basically what I am asking is. If I work hard how plausible is it for me to get into not just Harvard but an Ivy League School. Of course Harvard being the numero uno. Last year during freshman year I didn't blow off school but I didn't work to my full potential. I am wondering does that automatically take me out of the running for admission. This year (including first semester of last year) I am returning to my boarding school. Called the Linsly School. Please wait...
I am hoping that this will give me a little bit of an edge. Here is the catch. My mother is a single parent (parents divorced) my dad doesn't help out much. My mother will be financing my stay at the school until graduation and my sisters (she is in 8th grade this year) My mother told me. "Now if I send you back to this school I want an Ivy League education out of you. If your going to have a normal job like a teacher or something, even though I am not taking anything away from teachers go to the school down the street." My local public school is excellent for a public school.
Heres my dilemma, I want to know how possible is it for me to get into Harvard or any Ivy League but primarily Harvard. I have no EC's and this year will be big for me. I have started to study for PSATS already. I am trying to take the initiative. I just want to know from Future, Present, and/or Past Harvard alumni how plausible it is. I don't want my mother to invest over 75,000 dollars on me with no Ivy League education.
Here is a little about me:
-Father Retired High School Superintendent 30 years
Not much but. My friend Justin Parker created a basketball league in my neighborhood subdivision. Here is the website YouthSBL - Sandalwood Basketball League®
. I am a Staff member Employed. Unfortunately I don't think I will be able to retain this job if I do attend my boarding school.
other than that i have no clue.
So what should I do. Or better yet what do I have to do. Obviously I have to have all A's. Thats a given. Although I read somewhere you have to be in your top 10% of class and 2200 SAT. To even get looked at. I know my question is kind of impossible to answer. I'll take any input. Criticism is wanted if needed.
1st post ever!