I’ve written about my situation before, but I would like to ask specifically about my chances for Harvard 2025.
I’m an international student from Uruguay. I graduated last year (different calendar here) and I was at the 5 percent of my class. While I honestly don’t think my grades are perfect, considering the rigor of my institution-a public high school-it’s not bad either.
I didn’t present either SAT or ACT (I am totally blind and have been told that it was almost impossible to get accommodations because of covid).
I have had to do a lot of independent study, especially in the first few years, because many of my teachers refused to adapt the materials or even told me that I shouldn’t be there because I couldn’t see. I talked about that in the additional information section. I am the first person in my family to graduate from high school, and also to go to college.
Ecs: since February I have been reporting and writing essays and op-eds for US and UK news outlets (think: Huffpost, Business Insider, The Telegraph etc). I founded a nationally recognized non-profit(from grades 10th to present), I volunteered as the marketing manager and communications officer (grades 9 and 10) for one of the most recognized organizations in my region, also run by students - I had to leave it because of my commitments to my own Org.
I also participated as a country delegate at the UNESCO International Model(9-10) I give talks and workshops on disability accessibility and so on (I recently gave one at the International Youth Foundation for example), I founded the acapella group of my school, and I participated, among other things, in the HS choir.
This year I had to take a gap year because of Covid- my parents lost their source of income and I covered all the household bills, from electricity to food. I have done a lot of activism with UNICEF Uruguay (I have spoken in parliament and also presented ideas to companies stakeolders etc), and I have also been selected among thousands of people to create content for UNICEF international platforms.
I don’t have any awards, really, other than a regional spelling bee where I was a finalist and a high school competition where I won the best research paper in political science.
Essays: the one in the common app I talked about that time when my first big article was published in an internationally recognized magazine, I gave examples and that article also was quite striking because it was highlighted by universities and embassies, and also was featured in one of the biggest newspapers in my country.
Supplemental: I talked about my disability, how it is perceived in society-in a negative way basically-and how I perceive it differently and apply the lessons that living with it gave me to create positive change (I also give concrete examples about how I plan to apply that during my college years.
Short answer: I talked about my interest in history, how I followed a US homeschool curriculum out of personal interest, and how this translates into a journalistic book that I am researching and writing.
The recommendations I think were all pretty good, I even have one from an editor of a prominent international magazine- the same of the Common App essay.
I really don’t want to bring my hopes up, because I know my chances are slim, but I’d appreciate an opinion.
Sorry for the length of the post.