I feel so discouraged (Shut out by EA schools)
Like a lot of others on these boards, I've been pretty stressed lately about college admissions. I worked very hard in high school, and thought I was a decently strong candidate. My stats are summed up below:
GPA UW/W: 3.95/4.3
Subject Tests: 800, 800
Ranking: Top 2%
Rec 1 (8/10): Talked about how I could put the class to tears with filmmaking talent
Rec 2 (10/10): Said I'm his favorite student in last 15 years (read it)
EC 1 (Film): I love making movies! My films have been featured in 20+ film festivals, and I've won a variety of international accolades for animation, cinematography etc. Won best overall film in Cali. Also nominated at nationals last few years. I spent a summer as a production assistant for a major film company (for a film you might have seen ;) ).
EC 2 (Museum): I am on the advisory board for a well-known museum. I started a new program, secured funding for it, and received "Teen Innovator Award" for my efforts. I also curated an exhibit that traveled around the nation. I organize the museum's events and volunteer regularly.
EC 3 (Sport): 4 years on a varsity sport that consistently ranks as one of the best in the nation. Not good enough to be recruited, but have had a lot of success outside school. I started a coaching business related to this sport that I've maintained consistently.
So far, I've been rejected by my top choice (Stanford EA), received 0 merit from one of my top choices (USC), and deferred from a school I thought I was competitive for (Tulane EA). I feel very discouraged, and my parents are disappointed in me as well. The bright side is that I was recently accepted to Emory (Oxford scholar), which I am honored about but realized I'm not a good fit for the school. I feel like my overall results suggest that I'm not competitive for my top choices (Penn, Brown, Harvard). I'm very sorry if I come off as whining; I just feel like I've let everybody down, and I'm constantly thinking about what I could've done differently. Has anyone had poor EA/ED results but a lot of RD success? Do my early results suggest that I won't do well with my RD schools?