Chance for SEAS or CAS?
I go to a very competitive school so scores and EC's like mine are commonplace, out of a class of 400 kids on average my school sends 70 to Berkeley every year (I am in California). I plan on majoring in bioengineering from SEAS or biochemistry from CAS. Would applying early help me?
4.0 unweighted/4.5 weighted (grades 9-11)
2390 SAT (1 try, 790CR, 800WR, 800Math)
AP Chem 5
AP CalcBC 5
AP Bio 5
AP Stats 5
AP Lang/Comp 5
9th: Freshman Lit, Algebra2/Trig, Biology, Japanese 2, B Choir, JAVA, PE
10th: World Lit, World History, AP Calc BC, Chem H (took AP Chem test from self study), Japanese 3, Concert Choir, PE
11th: APLAC, US History (not AP), AP Stats, Japanese 4H, AP Bio, Concert Choir
12th (courses I'm planning to take): European Lit, APGov/Econ, AP Physics, AP Japanese, Concert Choir, Multivariable Calculus (from community college)
Currently interning at UCSF dermatology department (I've had a bunch of skin issues myself so it's something I'm really interested in). I get to work directly with mice which most high school research programs don't really involve. I probably won't be able to get published. I guess something unique is that I have a 4 hour round trip commute to UCSF so I am actually living in the city on my own for 2 months (probably mention this in my essay or smth).
Science Olympiad Team A Member
-1st place in microbes and 3rd place in diseases at Bay Area Science Olympiad Regionals
-3rd place in microbes and 3rd place in diseases at California State Science Olympiad
Synopsys Santa Clara Valley Science and Engineering Fair, Year 1
-Microbiology Category Honorable Mention
-Worked on a plastic bioremediation project involving bacteria at Stanford
Synopsys Santa Clara Valley Science and Engineering Fair, Year 2
-Microbiology Category 1st Place
-Dr. Paul X. Callahan in memoriam Top Biological High School Project Award
-Genecor Biotechnology Award
-Qualified for California State Science Fair
Summer Academy in Applied Science and Technology, University of Pennsylvania
-3 week course in biotechnology, 1 Penn credit, GPA: 4.00
International Sustainable World Energy, Engineering, and Environment Project Olympiad Gold Medal Winner
Lynbrook Red, White, and Blue Award for excellence in Algebra 2/Trigonometry: 2010
Lynbrook Speech and Debate: multiple time octafinalist at Santa Clara University Invitational Tournament and Harker Invitational Tournament, Presentation High School Tournament Champion
Junior Statesmen of America: Convention Best Speaker Spring 2010, Spring 2011, Fall 2011, Winter 2012, chapter VP, president, Northern California State Cabinet Member
Japanese National Honor Society: 2010 – present, Treasurer, VP
National Honor Society: 2011 – present
2011 US Open Music Competition Gold Medal Winner
Piano Accompanist for Lynbrook Concert Choir
Piano Club Benefit Concert Performer
I teach speech and debate to Miller Middle School students: 2010 – present, 6 hours a week.
Boy Scout: currently Life rank, completed Eagle Project
Any suggestions as to what I can do to increase my chances into SEAS or CAS as college apps approach is much appreciated.