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Am I on the right track to Skidmore?

cjh031cjh031 Posts: 27Registered User New Member
edited September 2010 in Skidmore College
m a beginning Junior right now (have been in school for a month) and am curious as to what you guys think my chances are thus far. I know some sections of my application are pretty weak (particularly my ECs) and if anybody could offer me some help doing so would be greatly appreciated.

Freshman GPA: 3.3

Sophomore GPA: 3.65

Junior Year: (30 days in so far)
AP Government/Politics A
Honors English A
Honors Spanish B+
Algebra 2 A
Geometry A
Chemistry B- (I did really poorly in the first test of the year and am going to be spending the rest of the year/semester trying to mitigate that)

What's set in stone for my class selection next year:
AP Euro
AP English Language
AP Environmental Science

I took the PSAT last year before finishing Algebra 1 and starting Geometry. I had high verbal scores; however, my math score was abysmal because of the aforementioned issues. My overall score was a 170. I'm taking it again in a month and am planning for at least a 190 as I've prepared a great deal since last year.

Anyways, this is where it starts to fall apart:

Awards:
Honor Roll
High Honor Roll

ECs:
Work

Yep. That's it. I literally have *no* ECs and am now in somewhat of a crisis now that I realize that they're absolutely vital to get into the schools that I want to go to. I don't really have any interest in joining any of my school's clubs because there aren't many with people I'd be interested in spending time with or with subjects that interest me. I enjoy writing so literary magazine and the school newspaper are both possibilities.

So, my question to you guys is (along with my chances) - how can I fix this? What are some ECs that are approachable (not easy per se) that colleges would like to see an application? I know the question is painfully vague but if you could provide any help it would be greatly appreciated; I'm really stressing over this.
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Replies to: Am I on the right track to Skidmore?

  • blackeyesnickblackeyesnick Posts: 10Registered User New Member
    Hey if anyone knows about ec its me im in a million clubs, however if you dont wanna do a highschool club then look for volunterring opprotunities in your community, help teach at a elementary, volunteer at an animal shelter, or if you like writing try and join you local communities newspaper there's lots of things you can do almost every group is looking for volunteers
    Good Luck
  • DramacraticDramacratic Posts: 708Registered User Member
    Skidmore's more GPA oriented than anything else, but if you keep your GPA just at or higher than your sophomore year one, then you should be okay. As for the extracurriculars, if you don't have an excuse for not being involved, then I suggest you get involved with something now. Skidmore loves to see passion. There is no "golden" EC, so to speak. What matters is what you ENJOY doing. Like I said, show Skidmore that you have a passion for something.

    Are you planning on applying ED? Also, if you have any questions about the school itself, don't hesitate to shoot me a PM. I'm a freshman here, and I absolutely love this school to no end. I'd be happy to talk more about it with you!
  • cjh031cjh031 Posts: 27Registered User New Member
    Sounds good, Dramacratic!

    I plan on applying ED next year (I'm a junior currently) provided things go as planned. I hear that it's slightly easier to get in at Skidmore through ED so I definitely plan on doing so. I'll let you know for sure if I have any questions.

    I'm going to check out the school newspaper this week and am looking around for volunteering positions - thanks for the posts thus far!
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