Looking at some forums on CC, I found that a lot of people agree that only hook applicants have good chances for EA in colleges like Harvard and Stanford. I have seen varied definitions of a “hook” student, so I am writing it down to ask in the forum.
I am an immigrant (moved from S. Korea to the U.S in 6th) as my dad works in the automobile industry. That being said, I learned CAD and other engineering knowledge when I was pretty young and had a particular interest in cars. I started doing independent research for the science fair, which qualified for ISEF in 2018, 19, 20 (also placed high). The researches done are related to electric vehicle technologies, which I very well understand the current and future trend. I have a paper on energy published in an Elsevier Journal (IF: 4, youngest person to publish in that journal), have a paper being proceed in SAE International (novel hybrid EV powertrain, done with peer review), and doing research for electric truck powertrain development (will submit to IEEE conference). I did not really need any assistance for my projects as they are all in engineering (no need of labs and dangerous equipment), so I am the first author of all my researches.
So, as you may have found, I have an interest in automobiles and will work in that industry in the future. The question is, does this count somewhat of a hook for the college application? Also, I still don’t know what college is the best for me. After visiting Harvard and seeing their new engineering building, I would like to submit my EA to them. Your thoughts?