I'm a freshman at a high-school in Winston-Salem, NC and have my sights set on UNC for college. Ever since fourth grade I have always wanted to attend this great school that I have a lot of history with. I don't know whether or not if you get a lot of people as young as me on here, but I thought it would possibly be a wise decision to come here and ask what I can do to plan for the future so that I can 'get in'.
I have been coming to UNC ever since I was about two years old with my father, who has a few medical disabilities, and have practically grown-up in the ACC building, and other parts of the campus. I can remember when Gap and First Union were still on Franklin, as well as hardly any chain restaurants.
So back to my original question...
As stated, I am a freshman in high school. I am in all honors classes (2 seminars). I qualified to take AP World History my freshman year, but opted not to since I thought it would add to my already overloaded workload. Boy was I wrong, considering what I got last semester in Seminar World History.
My transcript so far for high-school:
1) Band - A
2) PE - A
3) Seminar Honors English - B
4) Seminar Honors World History - C
5) Honors Geometry - B
6) Honors Biology - B
7) Intro to Journalism - A
I have heard that colleges would rather you get a mediocre grade in a higher level class than a standard one, but I know competition is stiff to get into UNC and that 'C' has me heartsick. That kind of grade isn't acceptable to me. I'm sure many of you have heard this excuse a million times, but the reason I got this grade was because of a teacher who told us to study a certain length of material for our first semester exam and the material, that she said would be on the exam, wasn't on there. I ended up doing poor on the test, but hopefully this semester will be better.
Anyway, a few of my extracurriculars:
1) I am a moderator for UrbanPlanet.org, where we push for good land use in urban areas and encourage people to make a change in their community. Due to the success I've had with our Triad section, many developers and architects frequent our site and it is very well known in the area.
2) I just got inducted into our Key Club. I am working with a few students on setting up an extensive recycling program for out school.
3) I am a member of the Global Concerns and Outdoors Club at my school.
4) I will be an Eagle Scout next year after I complete my service project this summer.
5) I am a member of an architecture club sponsored by a local firm.
6) I run my own photography company, CosmoPhotography, and have contracts with Engel Entertainment, Grogan Paper Company, textbook publisher Holt Rinehart and Winston, Our State Magazine, Forbes Magazine, and the Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce.
7) This April I will be helping out with Hillary Clinton's campaign in North Carolina.
8) I know almost every member on our city-council, including our mayor, somewhat well and have a lot of relationships with local business leaders.
9) I was a teen reporter for the Winston-Salem Journal, but had to drop that job since it got really hectic with my school schedule and business.
I know many of you on here are current and future students at UNC, and have a lot of insight into the admission process. What can I do to increase my chances of getting in? What are acceptable SAT/ACT scores and GPA? Are there any summer programs people in my grade can take at UNC?
My interests in careers lye in architecture and journalism. My main choice for an occupation would be architecture, since that is what I have wanted to be since I was born. I know UNC does not offer this as a major and I would have to go to UNCC or NC State, but none of these colleges do anything for me aesthetically and 'we' just don't share a bond. The thing is, I know an architect who graduated from UNC. Is there some sort of program at UNC that I don't know about that you can become an architect in?
Thank you all for your time!