Harvard, C/O 2017, Applicants Thread (2013-2014)

Share Your Experiences, Read About Other Experiences. Please keep posts organized by school and expected year of graduation.

Where are you in the Harvard application process?

I'm applying next year, just reading this thread to prepare
38
12%
Applying this year, I got an extension on my application
1
0%
I applied and haven't gotten a JS1 yet
64
20%
I applied and got a JS1, but haven't had it yet.
7
2%
I had my JS1 but I'm waiting for a magical phone call
43
13%
Already had my JS2, just here to help
62
19%
Waitlisted
61
19%
Dinged D:
49
15%
 
Total votes: 325

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Re: Harvard, C/O 2017, Applicants Thread (2013-2014)

Postby HorseThief » Thu Dec 05, 2013 11:32 am

I used an external, although I don't think it would matter much. It's far more important that you use headphones so you don't get feedback.

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Re: Harvard, C/O 2017, Applicants Thread (2013-2014)

Postby ShrimpToastMasters » Thu Dec 05, 2013 11:35 am

HorseThief wrote:I used an external, although I don't think it would matter much. It's far more important that you use headphones so you don't get feedback.


interesting - i hadn't even considered using headphones. thanks for the tip!

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Re: Harvard, C/O 2017, Applicants Thread (2013-2014)

Postby Instinctive » Thu Dec 05, 2013 11:35 am

I just used my Macbook. Nothing external. JS1 went well I thought.



I did plug in physically to an ethernet cable though, rather than trust WiFi.

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Re: Harvard, C/O 2017, Applicants Thread (2013-2014)

Postby ShrimpToastMasters » Thu Dec 05, 2013 11:38 am

hmm - would it be a terrible use of work resources if i asked them to set up videoconferencing in a conference room for my js1?

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Re: Harvard, C/O 2017, Applicants Thread (2013-2014)

Postby lawschool22 » Thu Dec 05, 2013 11:40 am

ShrimpToastMasters wrote:
lawschool22 wrote:
jingosaur wrote:Being between my JS1 invite and my JS1 interview is really keeping me sane.


I felt the same way. I am now no longer in the category :( Now begins the worst wait of the cycle...


did you get external mic for the interview or just used what was on your comp?


I am a musician so I already had a nice USB condenser mic that I used. A mic can definitely help, but as a former photography student I can say the most important thing to make sure you have correct is the lighting. See below:

Professional lighting on the cheap for Skype interviews:
Change your computer background to a nice amber/orange color so your face looks warm and isn't washed out by the blue LED backlight. Get a lamp, take the lamp shade off, and position it to your left (about 10 o'clock position) and about three feet away - a 40-60 watt bulb is best for this. Turn on the overhead light in the room you're in (it will act as a "hair light" (technical term) and illuminate the top of your head with some shine to give depth). Then get a floor lamp (or put it on a shelf or something) with, preferably, a brighter bulb than the lamp on your desk (75 watts is good). Place it in the 4 or 5 o'clock position, about 5 feet away from where you are seated. For the best effect, place a white poster board or sheet behind the lamp pointed towards the back right of your head.

If you can do this setup in a room with window (covered w/ blinds or a light curtain) that is even better. Set it up so the window is to the right of you. This will give a pleasing contrast, as the lamp to your left will read on screen as a warm color, and the window will read as a cool color. This provides good definition to your face and is a pleasing set up. It is also important to only use one "type" of light in the room. By that I mean, mixing fluorescent with regular tungsten bulbs will cause color issues, as Skype cannot set the white balance properly. I would recommend using all tungsten (or "warm" CFL's) bulbs, plus the window, and you will get a nice contrast but proper color.

Keep your chin slightly up, with your face turned just ever so slightly to the right. But then relax and be natural :). You should always have a slight smile, and you should appear engaged, happy, enthusiastic, etc.

Also - make sure your background is free of clutter. This is very important. A simple, clean room as a backdrop is best. And by setting up the lighting as described above, the room will appear slightly dimmer than you, making you the part that stands out, and causing the background to be less distracting.

Finally, feel free to experiment! All rooms are different. Go to the preferences of Skype and you can see how you will appear. Play around with the angle and distance of the lights until it looks good to you.

Edit: Added a few extra tips.
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Re: Harvard, C/O 2017, Applicants Thread (2013-2014)

Postby lawschool22 » Thu Dec 05, 2013 11:43 am

HorseThief wrote:I used an external, although I don't think it would matter much. It's far more important that you use headphones so you don't get feedback.


This also

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Re: Harvard, C/O 2017, Applicants Thread (2013-2014)

Postby ShrimpToastMasters » Thu Dec 05, 2013 11:43 am

lawschool22 wrote:
ShrimpToastMasters wrote:
lawschool22 wrote:
jingosaur wrote:Being between my JS1 invite and my JS1 interview is really keeping me sane.


I felt the same way. I am now no longer in the category :( Now begins the worst wait of the cycle...


did you get external mic for the interview or just used what was on your comp?


I am a musician so I already had a nice USB condenser mic that I used. A mic can definitely help, but as a former photography student I can say the most important thing to make sure you have correct is the lighting. See below:

Professional lighting on the cheap for Skype interviews:
Change your computer background to a nice amber/orange color so your face looks warm and isn't washed out by the blue LED backlight. Get a lamp, take the lamp shade off, and position it to your left (about 10 o'clock position) and about three feet away - a 40-60 watt bulb is best for this. Turn on the overhead light in the room you're in (it will act as a "hair light" (technical term) and illuminate the top of your head with some shine to give depth). Then get a floor lamp (or put it on a shelf or something) with, preferably, a brighter bulb than the lamp on your desk (75 watts is good). Place it in the 4 or 5 o'clock position, about 5 feet away from where you are seated. For the best effect, place a white poster board or sheet behind the lamp pointed towards the back right of your head.

If you can do this setup in a room with window (covered w/ blinds or a light curtain) that is even better. Set it up so the window is to the right of you. This will give a pleasing contrast, as the lamp to your left will read on screen as a warm color, and the window will read a color. This provides good definition to your face and is a pleasing set up.

Keep your chin slightly up, with your face turned just ever so slightly to the right. But then relax and be natural :). You should always have a slight smile, and you should appear engaged, happy, enthusiastic, etc.

Also - make sure your background is free of clutter. This is very important. A simple, clean room as a backdrop is best. And by setting up the lighting as described above, the room will appear slightly dimmer than you, making you the part that stands out, and causing the background to be less distracting.


omg ls22 - you are so helpful! and know everything!

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Re: Harvard, C/O 2017, Applicants Thread (2013-2014)

Postby lawschool22 » Thu Dec 05, 2013 11:48 am

ShrimpToastMasters wrote:omg ls22 - you are so helpful! and know everything!


I am just a humble servant of TLS trying to do my part for all you wonderful applicants :) When everyone is admitted, you can buy me a beer at the ASW for the spreadsheet and lighting help :D
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Re: Harvard, C/O 2017, Applicants Thread (2013-2014)

Postby neprep » Thu Dec 05, 2013 11:49 am

lawschool22 wrote:
ShrimpToastMasters wrote:omg ls22 - you are so helpful! and know everything!


I am just a humble servant of TLS trying to do my part for all you wonderful applicants :)


He's Vishnu's tenth avatar.

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Re: Harvard, C/O 2017, Applicants Thread (2013-2014)

Postby lawschool22 » Thu Dec 05, 2013 11:49 am

neprep wrote:
lawschool22 wrote:
ShrimpToastMasters wrote:omg ls22 - you are so helpful! and know everything!


I am just a humble servant of TLS trying to do my part for all you wonderful applicants :)


He's Vishnu's tenth avatar.


Sounds like an idea for a new tar...

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Re: Harvard, C/O 2017, Applicants Thread (2013-2014)

Postby taffy877 » Thu Dec 05, 2013 1:06 pm

Just had my JS1, which went fairly well (I think...lol). But the questions were a bit different from the stuff I've seen floating around here, so PM me if you want a heads-up on anything.

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Re: Harvard, C/O 2017, Applicants Thread (2013-2014)

Postby applelover » Thu Dec 05, 2013 2:14 pm

I gave up on JS making calls anytime soon. On an unrelated note, Im almost done with finals!!

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Re: Harvard, C/O 2017, Applicants Thread (2013-2014)

Postby wtrc » Thu Dec 05, 2013 2:15 pm

New poll. Happy lunch break.

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Re: Harvard, C/O 2017, Applicants Thread (2013-2014)

Postby applelover » Thu Dec 05, 2013 2:21 pm

There's a private Facebook group
:shock:

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Re: Harvard, C/O 2017, Applicants Thread (2013-2014)

Postby lawschool22 » Thu Dec 05, 2013 2:22 pm

Okay for all of you JS2 people...how did you survive the wait? I am already going crazy...

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Re: Harvard, C/O 2017, Applicants Thread (2013-2014)

Postby t-14orbust » Thu Dec 05, 2013 2:23 pm

lawschool22 wrote:Okay for all of you JS2 people...how did you survive the wait? I am already going crazy...


At least you haven't had to sit through a round of JS2s without hearing your number called

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Re: Harvard, C/O 2017, Applicants Thread (2013-2014)

Postby tls2175 » Thu Dec 05, 2013 2:24 pm

wtrc wrote:New poll. Happy lunch break.

Thanks! Ideally I would tell my parents first. Although, if I'm lucky enough to get a JS2 and it comes around the same time I got the call from NYU, then the girl I sit next to in the office will be the first to know...

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Re: Harvard, C/O 2017, Applicants Thread (2013-2014)

Postby applelover » Thu Dec 05, 2013 2:24 pm

t-14orbust wrote:
lawschool22 wrote:Okay for all of you JS2 people...how did you survive the wait? I am already going crazy...


At least you haven't had to sit through a round of JS2s without hearing your number called


+1

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Re: Harvard, C/O 2017, Applicants Thread (2013-2014)

Postby tls2175 » Thu Dec 05, 2013 2:25 pm

applelover wrote:I gave up on JS making calls anytime soon. On an unrelated note, Im almost done with finals!!

Also, this^ :|

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Re: Harvard, C/O 2017, Applicants Thread (2013-2014)

Postby tls2175 » Thu Dec 05, 2013 2:27 pm

tls2175 wrote:
applelover wrote:I gave up on JS making calls anytime soon. On an unrelated note, Im almost done with finals!!

Also, this^ :|

I am not good at this. I quoted the wrong applelover post. What I meant to respond to was the super secret Facebook group of TLSers.

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Re: Harvard, C/O 2017, Applicants Thread (2013-2014)

Postby lawschool22 » Thu Dec 05, 2013 2:27 pm

t-14orbust wrote:
lawschool22 wrote:Okay for all of you JS2 people...how did you survive the wait? I am already going crazy...


At least you haven't had to sit through a round of JS2s without hearing your number called


Thanks for the perspective... :) Although this will most likely happen to me during the next round of them. I doubt they can give me a decision in time for the next round.

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Re: Harvard, C/O 2017, Applicants Thread (2013-2014)

Postby lawbeahs » Thu Dec 05, 2013 2:36 pm

Are we still in agreement that there have been no post-11/12 JS1s offered JS2 (i.e., post-11/12 JS1s should not yet freak out about missing the boat)?

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Re: Harvard, C/O 2017, Applicants Thread (2013-2014)

Postby t-14orbust » Thu Dec 05, 2013 2:37 pm

lawbeahs wrote:Are we still in agreement that there have been no post-11/12 JS1s offered JS2 (i.e., post-11/12 JS1s should not yet freak out about missing the boat)?


Yes

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Re: Harvard, C/O 2017, Applicants Thread (2013-2014)

Postby andapieceoftoast » Thu Dec 05, 2013 3:12 pm

applelover wrote:
t-14orbust wrote:
lawschool22 wrote:Okay for all of you JS2 people...how did you survive the wait? I am already going crazy...


At least you haven't had to sit through a round of JS2s without hearing your number called


+1


Using my 100th post to say +1 and PLEASE JESSICA CALL ME PLEASE.

PLEASE.










But for real though.

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Re: Harvard, C/O 2017, Applicants Thread (2013-2014)

Postby edwardt1988 » Thu Dec 05, 2013 3:21 pm

Are they gonna do new JS1s on the same day(s) they're doing JS2s? I WANT A JS1




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