Hello. Today I’m gonna show you how
to get into Harvard University. This will be the most detailed
and honest guide on YouTube. This video will be helpful
even if you’re not applying to Harvard because the same
rules apply to all universities. (marker pen scribbling) Good morning guys. Today we are here at Whistler, Canada. I didn’t attend Harvard University. I only attended Hafu University, but today I got my friend
who graduated from Harvard to tell you about how to get into Harvard. – My name is Andy, I graduated
from Harvard in 2013, and now I’m a product manager at Amazon. – Alright, starting with
the application process. So, how many schools did you apply to? – Six schools. – And what did you get into? – I got into Stanford,
Harvard, and Princeton, and Georgia Tech. – And what made you choose Harvard? – Everyone in my family’s
been an engineer. So when it came to me, I wanted to do something
radically different, and Harvard was the school that had a very good social science as well as humanities offerings. So I chose to study economics at Harvard. – Nice. So talking about the application, what were your major extracurriculars that got you into Harvard? – So I did a number of
academic extracurriculars outside of school, competitively. So I did Quiz Bowl, Science
Bowl, Science Olympiad, Social Studies Bowl, even Geography Bowl, and Computer Science Club which I founded. – That’s awesome. – But outside of that, I think
I made myself more unique because I had a variety
of other passions as well. I was engaged with community service. I also wrote poetry, and I would go to poetry events, or submit into contests, and I did sports. – What sport did you do? – Ping pong and track. – Yo, ping pong?
– Yeah. – Were you good? – Yeah, I played competitively. – Oh wow, nice. So, how were your grades? – My grades were solid. – Did you have like high 90s in your… – I had mostly solid A’s, but every high school was different. – Okay.
– So for some schools, a low A isn’t the same
as in other schools. – Okay. Did you do AP classes? – I did. – How many? – I took 20 AP classes. – 20? That’s a lot. – In four years. – That’s a lot. When did you start? – Freshman year. – So, I just wanna jump in here real quick because Andy is very like… I don’t think he will
make you realize how hard he had to work to take 20 AP classes because normally, people take around five
to seven AP classes. He tripled that. An AP class is similar
to a university class, so he was taking university classes ever since the first year of high school. Just wanna make you realize
and give you some context for what’s going on. So did you plan to go to Harvard when you entered high school? – No, when I entered high school, I really thought I would
have this run of the mill, average high school experience. I would have a lot of fun. I would study. There would be some parties. I would make a lot of friends. There’d be a little bit of drama, too, just like you see in movies, and I was a fan of American Pie. – Did you have the drama you wanted? – No, fortunately or unfortunately, high school was drama-free for me. – Okay, okay. – For the most part. – So when you entered, you
didn’t have the intention, when did you start thinking,
oh I could go to Ivy Leagues, or I could go to Harvard? – I used to think really
not very far ahead. I thought one step at a time, so I didn’t really think about college until it was close to senior year, and I remember that
summer after junior year, I had just taken my
SAT, I got a good score, and that was literally
the first time I thought about applying to some of
the top selected colleges. – Okay. Do you mind revealing your score? – I got a perfect score. – Oh wow, nice. Do you have any study tips for the SAT? – Yeah, I find a lot of students don’t really know how to study for the SAT because the SAT is actually a test based on your functional skills, so it’s not really based on
knowledge like the ACT is. I think you should just take
tests, take practice tests and learn the skills either
reading passages or math, and do practice over and over again until you don’t miss the
same questions a second time. You’ll get better and
better scores each time. – Okay. – Find out why you missed the questions from each practice that you do on the SAT. Figure out what’s the link
between what you did wrong and the right answer and
change some kind of habit in your head so that you
can do something different the next time you encounter
a similar type of problem. – And that’s how you really learn things in general, right? – Yeah.
– Yeah. Just get feedback on what you did wrong and then do it the right way next time. – Yeah.
– Right. So how many practice
tests did you do roughly? – I did a lot, but in a very short time. So I probably did 20 or so practice tests. I took my SAT in the summer time so I had a week off from school, and I just did a lot of
practice tests that week. – You did 20 in one week? And then you just went and took the test? – Yep. – That’s all you practiced. – I took it twice. The first time I also practiced a bit leading up to the test. – Okay, wow. That’s amazing. – But I think the most
important part thing is, if you are already doing solidly
in school in your classes, then you’re gonna have the
basic reading, writing, and math skills. So build that foundation, and that happens throughout
your four years at school. – How did you approach the essay portion of your application? – The essay’s a huge space, and I thought the only way, and the best way to use it, was to write about one of
my primary involvements. So that’s why I chose ping pong. I went to nationals, I
didn’t really do well there, but every year I would get
first or second in state. – Okay. That’s really good. – The other reason was it’s unique. I think there are lots of sports essays like I won the tennis championships, or I got second track and how I improved, but ping pong was kind of a unique sport, so I thought it spoke to
my uniqueness and strength. – I saw a bunch of videos on YouTube of how they got into Harvard, and then they always talk about a spike. In your application you
need to have something that stands out. Is that true? – I think every candidate
should have strengths like highlights on your profile. So for me that was, some of the competitive activities I did, as well as ping pong. I was also strong academically, but I was actually more
of the well-rounded type, like grades, sports, extracurriculars, even artistic activities that
I did and community service. So I think even if you’re well-rounded, Harvard would be looking for hooks or interesting things
about you, highlights. – Right, okay. – And then there are always the students who went to the Olympics in high school. Those are the real spikes. – Right, okay. So you’re saying basically, unless you are really, really strong, you should be well-rounded in your grades, and have an interesting hook. – Yeah.
– Okay. That’s a massive application
tip for you guys. – The day when you finally got your Harvard acceptance letter, what did you feel? – I felt really good. I was looking forward to it, and actually I was at the
gym that day, after school, and my brother logged on to my computer, and he knew it was coming out that day, and my brother at the time,
he was eight years old, so he went into my computer, and then read the acceptance
letter and told my dad, and when I came home, they were really happy, and I was pretty happy too. – What did they say to you? Do you remember? – It was just all smiles, and they were like congratulations,
we couldn’t believe it. (laughs) – Could you believe it? – To be honest, I thought
I had a decent chance because I had known some
people who had gotten in and they helped me and I
understood the process. – Awesome. Yeah, as you were explaining that story, I felt the excitement, you know? Asian parents, you go home, Harvard, Dad! So all I can do is give my mom this hoodie even though I didn’t get into Harvard. It’s like a consolation prize. (laughs) – There’s always graduate school. – Alright guys, we had to move. Now, we’re cozy, blanketed,
at the bottom of a ski hill. So, what do you wanna talk about next? – A lot of high school students ask, “What should I do in high school?” I think, if you’re already
asking that question, then it’s great, but also a lot of students might think there’s some tried or true method, and there are things that
colleges generally like, like strong academics,
strong extracurriculars, but there is no formula, per se. There’s so many factors
that vary case by case. So I think what’s really invariant that, would apply to anyone is two things: One, to figure out what
you’re passionate in. If you follow your passions,
then it’s much easier to become good at something, and colleges are able to see that. Step two is be unique, be yourself. Look at what other people
are doing around you, and look actually at
what they are not doing so that you can figure out your niche. Sleep, not articulate. Usually this isn’t an issue. When you combine following your passions with being able to find your own niche, that’s different from your
friends and peers around you, then those are really the
two most important factors, and that allow you to really excel, and truly be good at something. – That’s amazing. Thank you. I think that was a very
detailed explanation of the mindset you need because the thing by thing, like what you do exactly
doesn’t really matter as much as the mindset
you put into it, right? – Yeah, if you want to be in
the business world one day, then you might just call
this entrepreneurial mindset. If you’re more interested in humanities, and one day you wanna be a writer, then you might call this
writing your own story. – Yeah, ’cause I don’t think
Harvard cares that much about the particular thing, but rather being passionate about it and being good at it, and showing that it’s affecting
your life in some way. – Exactly. I had a friend who was a break dancer competitively in high school. – And he’s in Harvard with you? – Yep. – Okay, awesome. Thank you. Cheers. That was a great explanation. (cups clanking) – Cheers. – What is your last
piece of parting advice for high school students? – Have fun. (laughs) – Really? That’s it?
– Have fun. Work hard, have fun. – What is your one piece of advice for college students who are graduating? – Take some risks early on. You’ve got nothing to lose because you’re fresh out of college. – That’s true. – And thank you–
– Great to be here. – For coming on this ski trip with me. Now we’re gonna hit the slopes. So I wish you guys good luck
on your application process, and if you’re not in high school, I hope you go take some risks, and be bold. – Subscribe to Hafu. – Alright. Thank you. See you next time. Peace. (upbeat music)

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90 thoughts on “How I Got Into Harvard University – DETAILED AND HONEST GUIDE!”

  1. Harvard was my dream school then I went to a better one Tsinghua 😉 Nice video btw. Feel free to check out my new channel. Would appreciate any subs. Peace

  2. My mom can never ever see this…sorry Hafu, can't be a disgrace like this hahaha. I want to mention that every high school is different, in some schools, they don't let you take more than 2 AP tests. In my school, I can take as many as I want to but each year has a different number of AP classes offered. Thank's for the insight, a girl from my school got into Harvard and is going there!

  3. Hafu!!!!!!! I loved this video!! I am impressed with Andy's determination! 🙂 He rocks! Thanks for sharing such interview! You also look different! You look great! Great video!

  4. Which university is the best for chinese Lang one year course in China? Would be realllllh grateful if you reply 🤗🤗🤗

  5. I liked all of your video 👍
    I’m a high school student in Cambodia, and I’m going to finish high school in the next few months. I really really want to get into good university abroad like UBC, Harvard or Tsing Hua. It’s so hard for me to apply scholarship abroad, I have my goal but I don’t know the way how to do it. Really want an adviser .

  6. Harvard is one of my biggest plan. Plan not dream. But idk i can reach or no i''m down and then i see this video my power turn up.

  7. I’m from a public school so literally no one from my school can get into a respectable university—do you have any advice for me? Btw I’m willing to work hard and do whatever it takes!

    Edit: I’m also a freshman so I have a while until I graduate.

  8. How can a loser graduating from a shit uni make himself useful in a cruel and judging society? Could you me a vid about that? Appreciate your work!

  9. Do u think I'll get into tsinghua w 1330 sat score? Feeling really depressed rn after listening to his stories lol

  10. Asians are discriminated against at Harvard.Black people who are way less qualified are taking Asian seats.Black people today don't know the first thing about oppression and call each other Nigger….STRANGE TIMES.

  11. Just because this guy says that he did 20 ap classes and 20 different extra curriculars and was the best at whatever … doesnt mean you have to do the same thing he did. They're looking for people that are unique not copiers. Just because you do everything and anything doesn't mean you're unique. Yes some things are mandatory like excellent grades, being involved in the community, and high SAT scores. But taking 20 AP classes and doing 30 different math clubs is not necessary at all. I know people who have gotten in with much less work. The key point to take away from this is not to do what others do. Do what you like/love. If you dont like doing math clubs, dont do them. If you prefer doing sports, do it. Dont try to be someone you're not to impress a college. At the end of the day theres a good amount of people who never went to Harvard, or college at all, and are doing better than Harvard grads. Harvard isnt the secret to success its merely a better chance of being successful faster.

  12. Harvard is great and has trained many great people who have contributed to the democratic values of the world.

  13. 20 practice tests in a week and reviewing your answers and studying each incorrect answer is impossible, unless he didn’t sleep. 4 hour tests + at least 2-4 hours of thorough review and study and re testing per test = 120-160 hours (168 hours in a week)

  14. How can he took 20 ap class and get a perfect SAT and also an olympiad in so many things. This is just impossible for me.

  15. Growing up, I thought only more money could make you enter Harvard. I was wrong, only having more brains take you to Harvard.

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  17. Hi, do you think if I am an international student, I went to International Junior Science Olympiad (IJSO), national Olympiads, I do community service, go to theater, do Jiu jitsu (a sport) and others, I get a good grade in the SAT, and I write a good essay, but my grades aren’t that good because I am in a really hard high school, like the hardest system in my country, so I get like 80’s from 100, but my weighted average is like 90, I got a good chance to get into Harvard? Thanks for your reply, great video by the way

  18. Great interview. Same thing I told my son who attends NMMI, “ have fun and don’t things out of your comfort zone”. Well he jumped from his second floor dorm window, nearly broke his ankle. Then most recently he was driving way too fast and misjudged the turn and drive off a 4ft cliff. I told him,”WTF! Your not Vin Diesel!! My advice to him is “don’t F sht up, & study hard.
    Thank you again, definitely enjoyed watching the video. 😁

  19. im a freshman in high school and i don’t know why im watching these videos,but i already know what school i want to go to which is UC Berkeley.

  20. I would say he is honest, competitive and inspire person to achieve his goal. Job well done👍👍👍

    Hi new subscriber from Philippines. Just got enroll

  21. I love this video soo much! What Andy accomplished to get into Harvard is incredibly impresive. And what makes me like him more is that he is so laid-back. 👏👏❤❤

  22. could u please tell what were the questions they asked u when u were called for the interview to harvard university….please answer as I have got applications and I am eager to know the questions that willl be asked…please🙏

  23. You are literally the only YouTuber who I can watch for more than 10 minutes without getting bored even for a second! Thank You For Making These Videos😊☺👏

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