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im in arabic 3, honors chemistry, AP US history, honors algebra 2 for next year (i will be a sophmore) . no sports or anything afterschool, no volunteer work either. what should i do to seem amazing to the college people? my goal is harvard law :)

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Unfortunately, you can't "smoke out" what a college admissions committee wants in an incoming student. Instead, ask yourself what you are passionate about.. They can sense passion. If you like to watch TV . do a market research project on your favorite shows - why are they successful or not? Who writes them? how popular are they? Colleges, especially Harvard law, want to find students who are broadly educated, critical thinkers, excellent writers and communicators, and most of all, creative, out-of-the-box thinkers. They want to see that you have a true love of learning. Also, since you know Arabic (an excellent skill these days) find out about Arab law. Compare it to ours. Use that for a government course project or something Call embassies and make appointments to talk about international careers. Look for mentors in law. Be bold, ask well and listen well. Ask people about themselves and how they succeeded. Never doubt yourself - be calm and thoughtful. Above all, though, go for what you want to do and it will define the course of your life.

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This is an incredible answer. Very informative.
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Um....Arabic 3. :)

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Take care of business where you are now. Law school is still a long way in the future.
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Good grades, good references, and community service.

Best wishes to you! :o)

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A lot of community service and extra curricular activities.

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The courses you're taking sound outstanding. I agree with some of the other answers, colleges like to see extracurricular activities. Winning a few scholarships will also make you stand out. Visit your school's guidance counselor to find ones you may be eligible for and apply for as many as you can. If you haven't already done so take your PSAT's. Many scholarships have PSAT scores as part of their eligibility requirement.

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Ill list the following things in the order of their importance,
1. Great academic achievements
2. Outstanding credentials, certifications could certainly help.
3. A few months of community service
4. Law projects/studies/reports/essays undertaken as a personal interest.

I suppose these can give you enough ammunition to impress your employers at this point.

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Try to contact a professor in Harvard law and ask them this question. They will appreciate your enthusiasm and give you a few pointers. Also, as a native Arabic speaker, I want to say kudos to you. It's a difficult language to learn!

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My parents help me with it :) although i work pretty hard to get into it. Shukran!
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Community work for sure.

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screw it just go to community college :D

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eh just bribe them, jk. I really think community service would do alot for you

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The truth.

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good grades, foreign languages, performing arts, community service, and school activities.

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Taking At least 2 years of LAtin

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Good grades, cool languages, sports/extracurrlicular activities, job experiences, etc.. good luck!

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I think what it is you know you are missing. Volunteering what it is you want to go to school for 4-8 hrs a week adds up and it is even required to volunteer for college last I thought. You can always help with the polls each year and do something with kids that is profound and in the church be diverse yet stay connected to what you want to do in school

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Harvard Law is about academic ability. You need top grades. You might have to do all or part of a General Arts degree before they will look at you. Swimming and Glee Club won't do much for you.

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Acc to many sources, top grades alone do not assure admittance to the best, great, or even good colleges w/ respect to rigorous programs of study. One needs: a few (not many extra-curriculars), yes perhaps a volunteer gig at some point, participation -yes even having placed in a sci- or soc studies fair, a well-rounded academic record -including music, art, literature, & it does hurt to have been in a play, musical, or other type performance activity, and having been a member -even a 'chair' in a club or 2 is a big plus, to be sure. In addition, a student who has perhaps worked shows that they can manage their time! Several references w/ very positive letters of recommendation going back further than high school and outside of high school is HUGE- trust me on that. I got a 3 year full scholarship: academic + Rm&Brd on a B- H.S. & A- 1st semester college w/ ALL of the above in the mid 80s... and as I tell young people today: "if I can do it, you can do it." CONT'D...

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Why? Why now? WHY TODAY? WHY YOU? Because there is a lot more money, a lot more programs today than ever before out there! You just gotta go ask for it, do a little research, and do the paper work... no one gave it to me; I had to do ALL the paperwork, tests, and follow-through myself. And sign on the dotted line myself. They NOW have scholarship monies for high school students if you have a 2.0, 2,25, 2.5, 2.75, 3.0 - I know, I have talked w/ the high school counselors here in west Texas. I just ask what is holding these young people back (YOU!). So, get outa your own way. What do you want outa life (besides everything!). Then, put the pedal to the metal- and make it happen, use the tutoring center, buy a couple of paperbacks off Amazon- learn how to study, take notes, take tests, and get to it. Put down that iPod, forget about partying, study Sun thru Thurs nite & Sat aft; live on campus; and go to ALL classes; and give up that big car pmnt- there will be time for all that AFTER college. Live the dorm & campus life for 4 yrs; immerse yourself in the full college experience. Go to the caf, and be on a serious budget, and go for the gold. Today, they call me Doctor, and I'm Board Certified; retired military- full benefits, and working on a 2nd to 3rd career... and I'm still young. Not too shabby for a paper boy/altarboy who worked his way thru everything for 25 yrs, and then started out in the reserves digging foxholes 2 wks after high school graduation (some of my friends laughed or went 'huh?'). Now, most people are just NOT willing to do all that for some college money, but ROTC and becoming an Officer was the best choice I ever made, and finally going to med school at age 27 was a dream come true... The discipline I got from Basic Trng and the sense of belonging (ROTC Scholarship + Rm/Brd Scholrshp @ UofTampa) was just what I needed to get me thru. But hey, you find what works for you -and do it NOW. Your only young, healthy, and energetic ONCE!! ;)
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Have something out of studying listed on your college resume. Don't just be like, "Oh, I've been to this club for about two years, and then I did this one for half a year." Colleges are also interested to see if you're all just work, work, work, work, or you have something to do, a personal passion to pursue outside of academics. You have to be unique, different than the other yearning thousands of students applying for said college. Hope this helped.

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Lots of community service, after school programs/clubs/sports

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voluntering, good grades, serving as a couselor at a camp, or extracurricular activities

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Extra Curricular activites, if you know how to play an instrument, if you speak another language. If you know sign language. If you got good grades in school, if you did a lot of volunteer work...

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i agree
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Sometimes it's just random. Not too many things replace hard work though. Look for real experience in work and hobbies.

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community service is a big deal you are missing

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Grades above anything else Then extracurricular activities, job references, clubs, volunteer work.

Anything besides your social life basically LOL.

Big three I guess "Grades" "Job" and "Community service"

References are good from all sources aswell. They will show you are a hard worker, dedicated, smart, work well with others, and are NOT a slacker.

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Yep you guessed it community service. Humanitarian aid especially if you have an Arabic background and want to help women in regions of the Middle East where they struggle for common rights. When they recognize that you are passionate about something like that they see a champion in their midst, they want that!

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community work and good grades not getting in trouble if you just got out of highschool and extra circular activities if you can speak different languages if you know how to do sign language

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Anything that you have done like:
1.volunteer work
2.sports

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The mos important thing is to study for the SAT because thats what colleges really care about, but you still need afterschool activites and community hours, talk more to your consouler about that, thats what i did to get help

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Really the most important thing is to get a good grade on your SAT. Also community hours and extra curricular activities will help even more.

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Don't brag, your obvious talents will stand out on their own. Only insecure people will not see your talent and ambition and if they have a problem with that then your probably talking to the wrong person, do not hesitate to go over their head if you feel you are being treated unfairly. Just make sure you are honest and justified! Believe it or not most people do not want to see other people succeed. Never give up !

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It is a good idea to have at least one extracurricular activity - whether you're talking about a college application or life in general. Extracurricular activities help you grow, build lasting friendships, keep you balanced, give you valuable knowledge and priceless experiences. I'd say, think about the person you are and what you're passionate about instead of what is written about you. Once you do that, it should be the easiest thing in the world to choose an extracurricular activity and, if you are passionate about it, it will shine through your words on the application.

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Harvard Law? My son is being recruited by Harvard. You need to score over 2,000 on your SAT's to even be considered Ivy League, unless you're trying to get in using sports, which you would need around 1700. They also wanted his trancripts since the 9th grade to make sure that you are actually taking hard high level courses and NOT standard courses. You also will need to take the Subject SAT Test, two I believe. What also looks good is having a job, making good grades while taking hard courses, participating in after school activities, and occasional volunteering every now and then. They love proactive people that look at their future......and even after all this, you're still not guaranteed to get in, after all, they're ranked 2nd in the world....but it sure will help you.

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Also, college's love people with experience writing and people who love writing. Having a Blog or writing particularly good essay's helps alot more than you might think.

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Yes, you can blog and write articles for free on my website.
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I'm also a sophomore trying to get into Harvard law! I'm trying things to make myself stand out. I'm in Latin 3 and Spanish 1 right now. But I'm skipping Spanish 2 because I'm teaching myself. Then, next year, I'll be done with Latin (my school only offers it up to three) and instead I'm going to take French. Hopefully, being poly-linguistic will help! Try joining some clubs too, volunteer work, and you'll most likely get in if you do enough! Good luck:)

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