sublime wrote:Rlabo wrote:ManOfTheMinute wrote:kfischm1 wrote:Harvard - off waitlist and against most odds.
It can happen. Until the moment I was accepted, I never would have believed it. In fact, many people on TLS with higher stats than me mildly ripped on me in threads, saying I didn't have much of a chance. And I applied with that fact fully clear in my mind, that my chances were slim.
But this fall, I'm attending Harvard...and many of them aren't (Of course, they are still attending awesome schools. Not saying that they aren't intelligent or capable, etc. Just that it is despite what many would expect in this situation.)
It's not over until it's over. Numbers DO matter, but once you have competitive numbers, "softs" really do make a difference. It's impossible to know what the admissions people are looking for and what they will do. Having a 180/4.0 isn't always an auto-admit.
Need any help carrying that chip on your shoulder?
I don't think that's the point. She's just trying to say don't believe everything you read on here and keep a more open mind than not. A lot of people on this site tend to overemphasize the number aspect just a drop, and here's an example where they could have persuaded someone not to apply to harvard who has now gotten in. Definitely a post worth writing imo.
Well she DID have a 4.1 GPA. It isn't like she was a 167/3.7....
No she wasn't, but even after considering that, people give advice here that isn't necessarily the most sound. Like she said, numbers do matter and no one is disputing that, but that's not the entire story and to treat it like it is may screw a few people out of top schools. You choose to highlight the 4.1, but you could've just as easily highlighted that the 169 was the highest of 3 tests by 10 points which is under harvard median (and 25th?), plus a c+f issue. No one could've really predicted this. I'm just saying, ridiculing the poster and saying she has "a chip on her shoulder" misses the actual point of the post, and just attacks the speaker for no real reason.