The minute you decide that you are going to try and attend an institution like Harvard University you have set yourself really apart from the rest. I went to a high school where nobody attended Harvard and no one still has managed to get in.
When I was in high school, it was the period when there was no Facebook or LinkedIn and the internet was not as big of a deal as it is now. It was only after I finished high school that I learned of the Philips Exeter Academy and other elite high schools that have a tradition of filling up Ivy League universities with their students.
Looking back, I realize that a lot of people will try to put you down or tell you that you can’t do it. These were the very same people that took life at ease and ended up in a university that really wasn’t all that ‘great.’ The truth of the matter is that getting into Harvard requires sacrifice and a crazy work ethic.
It also helps to get started early and try to educate yourself as much as possible on the university and also similar universities. I always regret not having been able to find out more about education and universities in general. I was very clueless and the point is not to be. Go to the Harvard website and check out the courses that you are interested in and aim for the higher level ones. Challenge yourself!
I want to finish this post with an example which some of you may be able to relate to. I had to change high schools in my senior year and I went to a high school that cost a lot more significantly. The sports director there had a different plan for what to include on our basketball schedule and he wanted us to play in a different league. I was frustrated as I wanted to beat up on my former high school and get back at people who had taunted me.
But now I realize how right the sports director was and how we really should not care what people have to say. People comment according to what they know and what they hold as true. The wise ones know to ignore these comments and opinions as they know better.
I had a lot of limiting beliefs back in high school and I still do. The more you read and make yourself aware of the world, the more these limiting beliefs start disappearing and you can be ready for greatness.
These are some thoughts for you to consider as you attempt to further your education hopefully at Harvard.