Haha the OTHER UW.. Actually, UWashington has the beach AND the snow AND lots of lakes. Just food for thought.
And I think we have a good molecular biology department too! (Oh I guess UW-M, UW-S and UCSD are tied for the same spot here Best Biological Science Programs | Top Science Schools | US News Best Graduate Schools
Sounds like UW Madison is a nice school though, but two points in favour for UCSD: 1. IN-N-OUT and 2. the quarter system isn't that bad la. Though, I'd choose snowboarding > in-n-out.. or wait maybe not. Hm.
@littus and @tofeho
Congrats on Northeastern and UMich! I've a friend on NTU exchange in Northeastern now, and my brother went to UMich! Both good schools.
UMich is THE most expensive public school in the US. It's definitely worth it.. good school, good reputation, really nice and quaint town. But NUS is a highly-ranked school too. No real need for you to transfer schools and have to suffer student loans after you graduate just for the branding of UMich. But if you have a means to pay for it, you should go for it! If not, maybe you could do a 6 month or 1 year exchange for the overseas experience. NUS has some pretty good ties to overseas universities!
Oh and @Rosewood again
Not asking you to have everything ride on this, but I believe the essay prompts ask if you have been through any life-altering experiences and/or whether they affected your grades. You can sort of 'account' for your A level results, but don't make it sound like you're blaming everything on your health! Instead, focus on how you overcame it and still managed to get a good score. Honestly, I think you'll definitely get into the UW. Your A level grades really aren't that bad and your SAT scores are better than probably 70% of the students at the UW!
Ok I'm typing too much again. I will go away and keep quiet for now.