Hey, I'm really interested in the economics and poli sci at chicago, but i don't know if I can make it.
About the school:I don't know if this makes that much of a difference but I go to the SC governor's school for Science and math, which I guess could maybe account for the low GPA. I used to have a 3.96 and was in the top 10 of a pretty competitive school before coming here, but the school here was/ is rediculously difficult. 7/8 teachers that i have this year have PHD's in their field, and only none has ever taught anywhere other than college and my school. My school was also featured in newsweek's "public elite" list, which are schools (like stuyvesant, bronx, imsa) which are excluded from their normal high school list bc. of high SAT scores. School usually sends 1 to chicago, but only 1 usually applies.
Asian male( will it help that i'm chinese and want to go into econ and poli sci instead of oh.... math, biology, or engineering?)
GPA: 3.80(unweighted). I'm also unlucky to an extant, as i have like 3 "92's" a point away from an A
SAT II's: should all be close to 750's at least (i am just better at standardized tests)
Teacher Recs- should be solid. I've probably stayed in my teachers offices more than actual class time, mainly because i've had to bust my tail off this year to keep up.
Counselor Rec- will be very good. He's my student council advisor, and I've built a very strong relationship with him. He's already written a very solid rec for me, so i'm faithful that he'll do a great job.
Junior Courseload- killed me( i took 8 classes, when all other juniors except 2 took 7)
Semester 1- AP calculus BC, AP Bio, AP Chem, AP US, english 101, Computer Science 101, Solving Complex Math Equations, life and leisure.
Semester 2- all the same classes, except computer science 101 was replaced with AP psychology
Senior year courseload-
Semester 1- Ordinary Differential Equations, AP Euro, AP Physics C, Gov/econ, AP English lit, History of the 1950's 60's and 70's, Research, solving complex equations 2.
Semester 2- Statistically analysis of financial analysis using Diff EQ( no specific title yet haha), AP Euro, AP Phys C, Globalization, AP English Lit, AP Environmental Science, Solving complex equations 2.
SAT II's: haven't taken yet but should be good.
AP's: took AP chem, AP Bio, AP Calculus BC, AP Psychology, and AP Us history as a junior, and i have taken stats -4
E.C.'s that i will list-
Leadership-Student Council 2 yearss-secretary (we only have a secretary and a moderator)
Beta Club President as a junior
Speech team captain as a senior
Math Team treasurer
Selected for the Riley Institute at Furman University's "Emerging Program Leaders" i'm pretty sure it was pretty competitive. Maybe 20 spots with people applying from SC and the rest of the country. The program prepares you to tackle a yearlong service project aimed at improving the community that you live in. My project will aim to improve music education and musical opportunities, through training and scholarships, specifically for minorities in Darlington County. I'm hoping that maybe this could distinguish me from every other asian male applying.
South Carolina Music Teachers Association pre college auditions- 1st place in division 4 (grades 10-12)
Guild of the Greenville Symphony Orchestra Competition- top 10 finalist
Laurence Hamilton Scholarship winner (won in 2003, 2005, 2006)- a regional scholarship worth around $400. won in 2003 as a 12 year old and was the youngest winner in the competitions history.
Limestone College young artist's competitions- 2nd place
Speech and Debate-
District competition- 1st place policy debate. Nationals qualifier(but i did horribly at nats)
State Public Forum Debate Champion
Varsity Cross Country - 3 years, (team was 3rd this year at state, hopefully 1 next yr)
Varsity Track- 2 years, all region 2007 in the mile, 2 mile, and 4 x 800 meter relay.
Six week oncology research internship
1 week furman emerging program leaders