I haven't officially taken the SAT yet, but I'm very worried. I just took a practice SAT test and I got a 1960. I had taken one before that and got a 2060. I had expected to raise my score by a few points, but I guess the first practice test I took was on the easy side.
So my question is, with a mediocre score like 1960, will I be able to be accepted into Brown University when I apply next year?
I am currently homeschooled and I am basically using a system similar to that of Brown. Will that help me to get a bigger chance of being accepted?
My ECs include:
Praise team: since October 2010
Praise team (in another church): for 2 years
Data entry work: 11 hours
Dancing: Korean Traditional Dance (since July/2012) <will continue as long as I can>
Newspaper: for 3 months
Teacher’s Assistant: for 6 months
Singing: 2nd Place on a Community Competition
Café business: for 3 years
Organized, Taught, Assisted a weekly activity: for 3 years
Another Teacher’s Assistant: for 6 months
Advertised a Business (though I don't know if this counts)
Sponsoring Children through World Vision and Compassion Korea
Church Retreats: Praise team
Mission Trip: (Led arts and crafts team) To an orphanage in Thailand
Church VBS for preschoolers: Teacher’s Assistant. Praise Team.
I am also planning on getting my novel published soon.
I have also been researching to start a non-profit organization for 2-3 years now and I will start very, very soon.
Will I stand a chance with these ECs and my experience with total control over my studies (independence) even with a mediocre SAT score?
What seems absent from your profile is independent academic citation of your ability. Having non- jaw dropping SATs doesn't help.
As for "novel publishing" -- is it from an actual publishing house? I.e. independent and for-profit? If not, then it's not great. Plus, "starting an NFP". Why? What gap does this org fill? Why do you need to start it? Don't similar orgs exist that do it already? As an interviewer, I'm almost always skeptical of "club/NFP starters". To me, it appears as naked resume padding.
Yes the novel is from an actual publishing house, how else could I get it published? And I actually didn't start the non-profit for my ECs, I started working on it on Freshman year (before I started worrying about college apps). I want to do it because I want to help people (namely African orphans and street kids).
And what do you mean by: "independent academic citation of your ability"?
Oh, and I have also done jazz dance for three years and am a fluent Korean speaker.
With money, anyone, regardless of quality, can be self-published. Glad yours wasn't like that. As for "independent academic citation ", competitive colleges want some instructor (who is not your relative) to give objective commentary on your academic strengths/weaknesses. For homeschooled kids, this can take the form of a research advisor, an instructor at a community college -- perhaps the supervisor at an intership program. What is not useful to colleges is a rec letter from a parent. They want something akin to a teacher rec letter.
As for your charity for African kids, my honest question to you would be: why did you feel compelled to re-invent the wheel? What about existing charities for those kids did you find objectionable? Ought you have not taken the helm of an existing pgm and made it better? The problem is "founding a club" or "started a charity/NFP" is a rather banal strategy attempted by many HS students to beef up their resumes. Sorry if that negative light also shines on you.
I'm pretty sure Brown has specific instructions for Homeschool applicants. Follow them closely. Good luck.
I see. Well, I will be trying to attend a community college here in Korea, though I am not sure how that works, so maybe I could get something from them, or my former employers
My family is living under the poverty line, so it isn't very feasible for me to donate, and getting a job here in Korea as a student is near impossible. I was lucky to get the two TA jobs. Though I didn't get paid much at all, it was good experience.
My organization is actually different as I am not really starting from scratch, but I am partnering with existing ground-root organizations who need desperate help, especially orphanages.
As I already said, I haven't taken the test yet, just practice tests.
On my practice test, my reading score is about 630, which I will have to raise to a near 700 by the time I take the test. And my math score is 650. I am not concentrating on my math, so I think I could leave it. (My desired major is English). And my writing score is 680, but I will raise it to a near 800. In total, I hope, my score will be over or at a 2100.
I know it seems strange, but that is my goal for my first SAT. When I take the second one, I hope I can raise my math score my as well as my reading score.
I wonder, if your family is under poverty line, how are they even supporting homeschooling? I think you would have been better off going to a public school and studying hard to get into a cheaper school there. Tuition is at least four times cheaper there. (I'm a Korean too)
We egotistical maniacs here on CC have little, if any, sympathy for those less fortunate members who cannot score in the 99th percentile on standardized tests. If you want someone to cry and hold your hand, maybe you should talk to a counselor or your mom. Sorry, but unless you're like the National Spelling Bee winner of 2005 or a world class gymnast or something, you're not getting into an Ivy League school. Have you considered having an asian dress up as you and take the test? So long as your scores are superscored, this will, at the very least, raise your math score.
I'm just joking around. Going to a spectacular undergrad isn't very important if you intend to go onto graduate school. Just do well in your classes in undergrad; then you can stress about the tests that are actually difficult to score highly on (i.e. MCAT, DAT, GMAT).
EDIT: Are you black or a legal hispanic? If so, you probably have a good chance of being accepted.