Many of these teachers were given two days notice to adjust their syllabi and other classroom plans to fit their new reality. It’s a challenge that teachers took on

How do I get into Harvard as an undergrad?

Moved from another question.  It fits better here.

My daughter’s dream was to get into Harvard.  She decided this when she was ten years old.

She  started writing to the Admissions officer then and asked for  information.  She wrote every year, telling them her grades, what books  she was reading, what awards she got, asked advice on what she should  do.

She went to all the College nights they attended, even before she was in high school.

In  high school, she worked hard on her grades, but she wasn’t a grade  grubber.  She chose a few clubs, not a lot, that she was interested in  and worked hard for those clubs.  (Debate, fencing).  She never changed  to suit the college and was always herself, but she worked to be the  best *her* she could be.

She didn’t slack off her senior year (took ten APs and went to school from 6 am to 6 pm).

She got in to every college she applied to, but when Harvard came in, it was all over for the others.

She had a goal, she worked for it, she got it.

Was  it worth it?  Her freshman year, she called me weekly, crying…”I  don’t belong here, everybody is smarter than me, the teachers hate me,  I’m going to flunk.”

Despite ranking 8th in the world in debate,  she didn’t make the Harvard debate team.  Despite being a professional  singer since childhood, she didn’t make Harvard Choir.  Despite wanting  to be lawyer her whole life, she never attended law school.

She  made it through.  It was different than she expected.  She changed a  lot, developed new interests and has a different career than she  expected.

She’s happy.  If she never made it into Harvard, she’d still be happy.

Have a goal.  Work for it.  Don’t let anything stop you.  If you don’t make your goal, get a new one.

UPDATE:   Based on reading the comments, I think some people misunderstood the  story.  My daughter did make it to Harvard as an undergrad.  She was  happy there, even though it was hard the first year.  She was  resilient.  And everyone was intimidated to be there.  If she hadn’t  made it to Harvard, she would have adapted.  As I said Boston College  was great and she seriously considered them.  She might have gone to  Georgetown if they had offered a decent scholarship.  Harvard just met  all her current needs.  But lots of great smart kids don’t make it to  Harvard for reasons that have nothing to do with them.  Too many from  same  state applied, chose an impacted major, lots of reasons.

My  daughter’s true goal was to help people with human rights, and she  thought Harvard was the best venue for that.  Well, she made her goal,  even if she didn’t go to Harvard Law.  She is working in disability  rights, just not through law.  Harvard is four years of your life.   Getting in or not doesn’t make you a better person.  It’s what you do  there and after that does.