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I'm a junior at a competitive public school on the West Coast. Hopefully that's more specific... Don't want to give away too much. I would like to go to such schools as the Claremont Colleges, UCSD, Wesleyan, UChicago, Dartmouth, Wellesley, Bryn Mawr, Yale, and Emory. Sigh.
So basically... here's my situation. I currently have a 3.54 UW GPA which really sucks, considering I'm Asian. But it's probably gonna go down even more. :'(
And my SAT is terrible, too. 2150. NOT EVEN 700 on math!? But I got an 800 on the writing section.
So I say my GPA is probably going to go down because first of all, my AB Calc teacher (I wanted to go to BC Calc but couldn't b/c it was "too stressful" for me which is total BS) freaking has some vendetta against me. So right now I have a F. A freaking F----. Yeah, and the semester ends in 3 weeks. For Physics APC, I think I can get it to a B. Otherwise, my classes should all be As. I'm taking 5 APs this year, and one honors class. For senior year, I plan on taking 4 APs.
My ECs are average, I guess. (PS Most are grades 9 to present unless otherwise noted)
-Volunteered 100+ hours (still less than 200 though) mostly at the same places.
-Participated in NaNoWriMo for the 3rd year this year
-Science Fairs since 6th grade, some awards in middle school, this year, Siemens semifinalist
-Science Olympiad Club member, will be an officer next year
-Charity Art Club member, will be an officer next year (sell artwork in magazine form, donate to charity)
-Cello - in 9th and 10th grade, participated in local youth orchestra, now kind of on hiatus. As in, the bow hair fell out. T_T Not taking private lessons currently. Been playing since I was 6.
-Participant in various team science competitions (other than SciOly)
-Sports: did swimming in freshman year, wasn't good anymore. This year I'll be doing track - did in middle school, and went to practices last year but didn't compete. Pretty fast.
I really, really, really want to get into a summer program designed for student research. This past summer, I did a computer model for my science project, so it worked by just emailing the professor. "Not professional" they said. So yeah....
But I probably won't get in anyway.
However, I do have some extenuating circumstances. For most of my first half of high school I suffered from depression. I still have the lingering effects, but mostly, it is under control. And yes, I was diagnosed; I even stayed in the hospital for nearly two weeks. So while that may explain some of the worse grades in freshman and sophomore years, this year is different.
Sorry for the long post, but I really feel this is important.