I have two reasons for choosing a quote from The Great Gatsby
(one of my favorite novels, by the way) as the title for my chances thread:
(a) "...no one had a deeper attachment to the Ivy League school than Fitzgerald did. Fitzgerald idealized Princeton football, Princeton braininess, and Princeton scenery - right up to his dying day." The full article, here
, is actually rather interesting.
(b) One of the most important themes in The Great Gatsby
is the idea of the unattainable dream. Now, I could go on about this, because I've analyzed this book to death in IB English, but my real question is this: Is Princeton my Daisy Buchanan?
Besides "complete and utter dork," I'm female and from Washington, DC. I'm neither athlete nor legacy; I'm a minority in terms of religion (atheist) and diet (vegan), but not skintone (white). My first language is Swedish; I learned French at 6, English at 12, and am still working on Spanish.
SAT I: 800 CR, 760 M, 710 W
SAT II: 800 French, 750 Literature, 710 Chemistry, 710 Biology-M, 700 Math II, 700 Spanish
High school: Small private school in Washington, DC (50 students in the class of '07); school does not rank
Course load: Bilingual IB Diploma
IB English A1 HL
IB French A1 HL
IB Chemistry HL
IB Mathematics SL
IB Biology SL
IB History SL
Theory of Knowledge
(1) Growing up as a foreign service brat (posted here
(2) Richard Dawkins on art and science: "The feeling of awed wonder that science can give us is one of the highest experiences of which the human psyche is capable. It is a deep aesthetic passion to rank with the finest that music and poetry can deliver."
Activity short answer:
I've enjoyed working on the [school newspaper] partly for the sense of accomplishment that comes with producing a newspaper of astounding quality for a high school publication, and for everything it's taught me about style, writing objectively, layout and graphics, and the ever-important deadlines, but just as much for the friends I've made and the particular sort of bond that forms between people who of their own free will choose to spend entire weekends cooped up in a windowless basement scarfing down glazed donuts and arguing about punctuation and whether the margins are aligned. As the subeditor responsible for the "News and Features" section, I’ve learned leadership and confidence; as photography editor, I’ve been able to explore my interest in photojournalism; and as copyeditor, I’ve learned that if any pen cuts deeper than the sword, it’s probably the red one.
I spent a long and lazy summer in Sweden catching up with friends and relatives, repainting my grandmother’s house on the small island in the south where my mother spent her summers as a child, learning to drive a boat, fishing mackerel (pre-veganism), reading, painting, writing, and relaxing on the sun-warmed granite along the west coast where my father grew up.
I spent the first month in DC, working for 40 hours per week as a riding instructor at my stables’ summer camp and volunteering for 15 hours per week at Georgetown University Hospital. Afterwards, I traveled to Sweden and spent the rest of the summer in a fashion similar to the previous one.
English (grades 9, 11, 12): I haven't read it, but I'm sure it's excellent; he probably knows me better than any adult outside my immediate family.
Chemistry (grades 8, 9, 11, 12): "unique," "thinks outside the box," "makes the teacher rethink the approach to the material," "[IB Extended Essay was] more akin to an undergraduate research paper," etc.
Theory of Knowledge (11, 12) and Journalism/newspaper advisor (12): Another favorite teacher; should be very good as well.
University counselor: Good, I think? I honestly have no idea.
News & Features Editor (12)
Photography Editor (12)
Columbia Scholastic Press Association Gold Medal (9-11)
Courses at a darkroom outside of school
Documentary Photography and Project Printing (12)
Intermediate Photography (12)
Intermediate Photography for Young People (11)
Photography for Young People (10)
Featured artist in a juried exhibition of young photographers in the DC area
(slides forwarded to art department)
Campaign coordinator: Responsible for organizing letter-writing campaigns, film screenings, and other events to raise awareness and encourage discussion of human rights issues (12)
Head of Corporate Accountability committee (12)
Georgetown University Hospital volunteer, 4 hours/week (11-12)
Photography studio volunteer: Setting up for photography shows and general "behind-the-scenes" work (10-12)
Riding lessons (2-12)
Local horse shows
Spanish independent study (11-12)
Chemathon team (12)
Chemistry tutor (11)
Yearbook staff (9-10)
Besides Princeton, I'm applying to Amherst, Bryn Mawr, U of Chicago, Dartmouth, Macalester, Middlebury, Swarthmore, Wellesley, and Williams. I'm deeply sorry for the terrible jokes, and as always, any comments are much appreciated.