First of, I migrated from England to Australia when I was 10, I am now currently 13 and just finished Year 8 (7th Grade in America I believe)I love Science, Coding/ computer science and most of all, Astronomy. I get B+/A- in Science and Maths but I never really try because I find most of it boring. As said in Australian High Schools it goes, year 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12, then you graduate. I am starting year 9 in 7 weeks. With this said I get A's and B's in most of my classes, getting B's in the ones I care less about, I prioritise Maths and English. Next year is what I call the pre-preparation year. Year 10 is the year you prepare for moving on into (what Americans would call, Junior and Senior year). I am in the top 3 of my class but there is one person who has massive potential in my class. He's very friendly, but not so much a friend despite the fact I talk to him (also from Britain) and is much smarter than me. Yet, because he doesn't give to flying grades about school he mostly get C's and B's and I feel kinda bad for him. Anyway, I have an action plan for getting into Caltech/MIT/Harvard etc. Now obviously I'm trying not to be too overly ambitious and chances are slim although I have a history of having very good luck, despite the fact that luck does not exist, there was an 80% chance that when I was born I was going to either be blind or deaf. The acceptance rate of Caltech is 8% as of today, plus 7.9% of MIT then 5% for Harvard = 20.9% chance. If I'm as lucky as when I was born I may get in to one of them. Plane tickets will cost a fortune but with my job included, our family makes about $160,000 USD per year. Of course I am not basing this all on luck and hope, that would be stupid. I've been told for the application essay to do something creative. Which sparked an idea in my mind. Ok, not to sound like I'm trying to grab attention, but I'm a little evil. I used science and studies to manipulate the girl I liked into liking me back and overtime it did work. I used the, the more you're around something the more you'll like it approach which increased dopamine levels when she was around me. I took this a step further and gave her foods that released other endorphins into her brain. I do mess with people psychologically and I decided it may give me an advantage with getting into a good college. With a create approach I'll write the essay in 3rd person, this'll make it interested while manipulating whomever the reader is into thinking i'm much better than I actually am. instead of saying " I have lust for Advanced Coding." It will say something similar to "He/She has an infatuation with Astronomy." Of course these are just examples and will not be in the essay. The 3rd person adds a creative twist yet manipulates there mind into believing I am better than I actually am. I'm very aware of the fact that Yellowstone park will eventually erupt like the super-volcano it is and am willing to take this risk. after doing a few little calculations this should increase my overall chance of getting into one of these 3 schools to about 30%. being a little more realistic, about 28%. I have had tremendous luck getting into advanced schools before, similar to the Private school I am in now. It requires you to be a catholic and have been baptised and confirmed despite the fact I am not Catholic, nor have I been confirmed (but I have been baptised) I got into both private schools I aimed to get into. I chose the slightly more advanced school. With this said, what would you say my chances are of getting into one of these schools, I'm trying to get ahead now so It'll pay off later. I'm not called James.