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I have a question that has been bothering me for quite some time now and today, I came across this site and registered myself. Here I go:
Can anybody specify a list of colleges that look at a student as a whole taking into account all the circumstances using which the student has reached that level rather than just the routine SAT scores + GPA + extra-curricular activities?
My daughter is a Junior at a very challenging High School. The issue here is that although she is very motivated to work hard and do well in school, her fate has been such that she has been having a health issue that has been bothering her every year almost since her 4th grade. She is still not fully recovered from her illness or its side-effects. Nevertheless, she is still working hard and trying to cope up with the stress of the Junior level in High school with 4 AP courses.
Now, my concern is: would there be colleges who will look at her tenacity and the persistence in her goals (in spite of her health) that has made her reach this level? If the colleges are just trying to compare her GPA with another perfectly healthy child's GPA, then obviously, she will take a hit.
I am so confused on how to have her make colleges look at her consistent hard-working ability, her strong will-power and her scores rather than just the scores. She had a major set back even in her sophomore year because of which she missed 10 weeks of school but she bounced back even with a major back surgery.
She in fact wanted to work in a clinic that caters to back-injury patients and so has found a place where she volunteers her time. She says that makes her feel better to see people worse than her.
As a mother, I can see how much she is in pain but the fact that she wants to go to a college of her dreams (UCLA or NYU) makes her sit until 3AM to either study for the test or work on her AP homeworks/essays, etc without caring for her back. Many times, it scares me thinking how would she react if she cannot get what she wanted even after working so hard and what if the colleges do not consider her health issues when considering her application? Too many questions and very few answers in my head....
Have any of you or your friends gone through such a situation and if so, how have you solved it? I would really appreciate your inputs/advice for my daughter.