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Do I have a shot?

krista_baconkrista_bacon Posts: 56Registered User Junior Member
edited August 2007 in Georgetown University
Ethnicity: White Female
An underachieving public school in Vancouver, WA. Only roughly 60% of our students passed the state required exam to graduate in the math, similar numbers for reading, etc.

GPA: 3.94/4.0
Rank:7/306
SAT I: 1790(very bad, but I didn't study) Am studying and retaking in Oct/Nov
-CR:580, M:600, W:610 (essay-8, mc-62)
Very bad AP scores Jr. Year: AP Lit.:3, AP Us history:2

Senior Year Schedule:
AP Comparitive Gov't
AP Calculus
AP Environmental Science
Intro. to visual art (req'd)
Aerobics (req'd)/Teachers Assistant(no other classes this period)
Ap English language
-currently considering an extra class at the local community college, but not sure since im getting a job

-I took/am taking most of the AP classes offered at my school, minus one or two

EC's:
-3years class council
-3 years mock trial (varsity last year and this coming)
-2 years NHS (officer last year and this coming)
-3 years legal magnet (officer last year and this coming)
-1 year math club (officer)
-1 year red cross club
-volunteer at various places (local library, local homeless shelter, etc.)


-Job at local burger place for 9months jr. year. (currently looking for another)

Summer Experience:
-Economics for Leaders sponsored by the Foundation for Teaching Economics
weeklong intensive camp at the university of washington in seattle.
-I also visit my family in alabama when i am able.

Hoping for really good recs and essay.

Economic disadvantige: I come from a really disadvantaged family. I live alone with my mom and she is disabled so we only get about 12,000 dollars a year.(hopefully will make me stand out)

Possible essay topics:
-the experience of living with my mom being in the hospital while she was fighting for her life. (why she is now disabled)
-visiting my dad in prison
-growing up in a family that is surrounded by drugs and realizing that i don't want that life.
-...among other topics im considering


Basically, I do not have a lot of opportunities available to me. I would love to do some of the stuff that i see on these sites, but i have no connections to get me in and i am clueless about how to try.

I really want to go to a top 20-25 school, but at my school my counselors are more aiming to get students into washington state or western washington, not vanderbilt, if you know what i mean.

I would greatly appreciate any and all input on all areas of my stats and how i can really stand out without having to aid in microbiology research or some of the things i see on these sites. Also any good websites you know for scholarships (fastweb hasn't really given me anything useful) would be appreciated.
So...do i have a shot? (I feel greatly inadequate)
Post edited by krista_bacon on

Replies to: Do I have a shot?

  • knightshieldknightshield Posts: 323Registered User Member
    Well, this is one of the tougher chances I have seen. You have a very interesting background, and that can give you a large boost. But I don't think that Georgetown can avoid your SAT score and your class rank. Your class rank is certainly not bad, but if 60% only passed the math test, then that would have given you a boost. Your SAT score is in the bottom-25%, which could be overlooked. It really is going to depend on how you can present yourself to the admissions committee. While you may not have the numerical levels that other applicants have, I can see Georgetown admitting you if you present an excellent picture of yourself. Keep focused this next fall, and don't worry about all of the other students here. All top schools place your record next to your school's situation.
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