I've been conducting Harvard interviews for many years. What do I look for? Qualities that are hard to spot on admissions applications, but ones that scream out during probing conversation: passion, intellect, curiosity and mettle.
Trying to get into college is like wildly jumping up and down, doing anything and everything to be noticed, hoping the one you want will pick you. Add to that a wannabe "Tiger Mom" and it's enough to drive you crazy. That's my life.