Disclaimer: This post is long and pretty detailed, but your help would be greatly appreciated.
I am currently a Junior. I am currently interested in the STEM subjects, and plan on majoring in engineering. I’m not sure exactly what type, but Civil, Enviro, Mech, BM, Chem, and Aero engineering seem the most interesting. (so many, I know) I am a pretty good student (top 5% at a decent CA public school). I am currently enrolled in AP Calc AB, AP Physics B, and AP Chem. I have A’s in all 3 of them, but my Physics grade is the lowest and I have to put in the most effort for that class. No SATI, SATII, etc. scores yet. I am aiming for schools like Northwestern, JHU, USC, UCB, UCLA but I am also applying to a few Ivy-caliber schools like Stanford, Columbia, Cornell, etc.
I am looking for ways to occupy my summer. My EC’s are really weak, with none in the STEM arena. I am planning on applying to summer programs/internships to gain some experience in this area. I was also considering doing Stanford’s EPGY online, either in addition to another program or as a back up (if I don’t get into any programs). I am just unsure whether or not this is a good option because it is 1) expensive and 2) time consuming. CC, I turn to you for advice and answers.
Courses I am considering:
C11A Introduction to C Programming (Variable-Term, 1 Quarter, $495)
M152 Number Theory (Fixed Term, 2 Quarters, $555)
M157 Introduction to Logic (Fixed Term, 2 Quarters, $740)
I have no prior experience in these subjects, but they seemed interesting and like the most reasonable. (C11A has no pre req’s, and M152 & M157 just require Pre Calc.)
Which course would be best for me? Honestly, all 3 sound interesting, but I’m not sure which would be the most useful. Any input would be helpful.
How would I report an EPGY course on my application? I can speak to my counselor, but I’m pretty sure my school won’t put it on my HS transcript. Would I send an official transcript from Stanford separately? Would I self-report (and in which section/how)?
How beneficial would taking one of these courses be? I don’t want to spend valuable time and money on one if it isn’t worth. I realize I shouldn’t take it just to pad my application (which is not the main reason I am considering it), but it’s still a consequence.
How much time and effort would you estimate these courses would take? I plan on completing them over the summer before my senior year. Would this be reasonable?
Would this be worth the price?
If you have experience with this program, how did you like it? Would you recommend it to others? How difficult was it?
Those are my main questions, but any input would be awesome. Thanks so much, CC.