Decision: Accepted (insert many (i.e. a whole lot of) exclamation points to reflect excitement here) Stats:
- SAT: 2170
- SAT IIs: 800, 760, 720
- GPA: 3.8 unweighted, ~4.2 LAUSD standards, ~4.4 UC standards
- Rank: 1 of about 300
- Other stats: 11 APs taken... no less than a 4 on any test... but I don't think there was even a place to tell Dartmouth on the application?
- Essays: My longest essay was a butchered edition of the 600 word copy I wrote for the UC system... though I did put quite a lot of thought into my shorter responses... that Dartmouth didn't read.
- Teacher Recs: One extremely well written and generically praiseful. The other written rather quickly but more personally.
- Counselor Rec: Didn't read, but it couldn't have been too good considering our antagonistic relationship.
- Hook (if any): My peer recommendation was from someone I tutor. I went more into depth on this and my life well below the Federal Poverty Line in my short responses, but again-- Dartmouth was the one college that didn't ask for those.
- State or Country: Los Angeles, CA. (San Fernando Valley-- porn capital of the world!)
- School Type: Public
- Ethnicity: Asian, Vietnamese
- Gender: Male
- Intended Major: English
- Major strength/weakness: English is actually one of my worst subjects, so at the time I figured I may as well declare a major into something I'd actually use in life... don't think it helped in the admissions process though. I have no idea how I got into Dartmouth or any other Ivy league, really. Perhaps I'm using up all my luck at an early age? Whatever it may be, I'm extremely grateful for it.
I was sick, nervous, and tired at the interview. So much so that my interviewer may have taken pity on me :P In fact, my long essay was about how terribly awkward I am. Maybe I stood out from the stereotypical Ivy League Go-Getter?
Edit: speaking of which, it is also worth mentioning that I am the least athletic human being in the world. well, i guess maybe I could be a horse jockey with my size... or something.