I sent my ACT to (hopefully) make up for the weaker SAT IIs. I'm taking some more soon for the RD round, though. Math 2 needs to come up.
I'll have taken 12 APs by the end of senior year.
Senior year course load:
-AP Calc BC (got a 5 on AB last year)
-Honors Botany, Honors Internship (both of which I use to work on my senior project--see below)
Other APs: Chem, Calc AB, Lang, Environmental, APUSH, World, Human Geo
UW GPA: 3.875 W GPA: 5.0 (out of 6.0) Rank: 5th Class Size: 500
Im a white male.
I attend a medium to large size public magnet school (for environmental science) in South Florida. Its really sad, but outside of the magnet (which comprises only a small percentage of the population), my school is... well... lets just say illiterate. And thats putting it nicely.
Now for the fun stuff!
I have swam competitively for the past 9 years on a club team, and on my high school team for all 4 years. Junior year I was MVP, this year I was Captain. Swimming takes up a huge amount of time (6 days a week or more, 3-4 hours a day). I definitely intend to swim in college.
During sophomore year, I taught myself how to program iPhone apps. I currently have 3 published on the iTunes App Store. I had no instructor or course to take; I just scoured the Internet for videos, blogs, and forums, eventually cobbling together my own understanding. I really love programming--I do it in my free time around swimming and school. I've made a game and two utility apps (that actually have useful purposes--gasp!). One of my essays talks about my love of programming and math, and how I taught myself how to make these apps.
I thought both of my essays were pretty spectacular, and really packed that punch. Teacher recs were great (I only got to see one, but it was pretty phenomenal) .
I barely know my guidance counselor, but she let me help her write her stuff.
~100 service hours
National Merit Commended
AP Scholar with Distinction
If it means anything, Ive had a couple of meaningful conversations with my regional admissions officer, both in person and by e-mail.
If you've read this far, thank you! Please give me your thoughts on my chances of admission and any other general comments. Theyre greatly appreciated!