Should I even apply?
First, let me just say that Columbia is my dream school.
I've made a couple of useless chance threads before, and I say useless because they never included Columbia. My parents told me not to waste my time applying there, and so did my guidance counsler. I took their advice and looked at NYU instead. However, NYU will leave my family in a lot of debt.
My question, to anyone who knows anything about admissions to Columbia, is whether I should apply. To 7% acceptance rate is so disheartening, especially when my stats are on the low side. You can find my info in some of my earlier posts if you want to see. I don't think I've mentioned that I'm first gen, though.
If anyone can tell me a good, solid answer, I'll be happy. Don't say "apply" if you truly don't think I can make it. I don't have a lot of time to do countless applications to colleges that I can't get into anyway. Any legitmate answer is greatly appreciated.