Since this is the parents forum I will address my question(s) to you. My daughter loves the Boston area (strange since we live in Los Angeles) and will be applying to Harvard in a couple months. From everything I read about (I know how competitive it is) kids that eventually get accepted have a giant spike, ONE thing that is the centerpiece of their application. One thing that really stands out. I guess my question is... can it be something a little different ? My daughter taught herself Sign Language because there was a possibility her older sister was going deaf. She fell in love with every facet of it. She started clubs at both her middle school and high school, did a documentary which screened at several competitions, and gained a large social media following because she was teaching kids around the world Sign Language through popular songs. The strange part is that this isn't what she wants to major in. She has some other interests. So is this what they call a spike ? Is it enough to make the admissions people take notice given the fact that almost every student who applies to Harvard is amazing in their own right. Thanks in advance for your words of wisdom.