GPA: 3.6 UW (3.8 if you take freshman year out), 4.14 weighted (on a scale of A in AP = 4.667) I'm fairly underachieving as in I literally have the 5th lowest GPA out of all the Asian people in my grade (there's around 30). This is probably the killer for me, so I need advice on what to do.
Rank: Top 9%/715 (they recalculate it every semester, so I HAVE to make this semester count if I want to stay top 10%)
AP's: 10 (All 4's and 5's, mostly 5's) by Junior Year, total of 12 next year, as well as the IB program.
PSAT: 214, NMSF
SAT: 2270 (760 CR, 720 M
, 790 W)
SATII: Math II - 800, US History - 800, waiting on Chem scores, hopefully 750+.
12th grade courseload:
IB Contemporary History HL
AP US Gov/Econ
IB English HL
IB Mathematics SL
IB Chemistry HL
Race: Asian (Thai, though they probably don't subdivide into nationalities so I'm fairly SOL here)
Income: Around 50k/year for a household of 5 and a sibling in college.
ECs (the position I currently hold and the years I have been in the club):
President of National Science Honor Society (3 years)
President of Geography/History Club (4 years)
Co-editor and published in school's Literary Magazine (3 years)
Co-founder for a program at a local children's hospital that helps children express their literary and artistic abilities, publishing their works for people to see (1 year)
Webmaster/Co-founder of Asian Heritage Club (2 years)
Historian of Math Honor Society (4 years)
Member of Model UN (4 years)
Member of National Honor Society (2 years)
Member of Spanish Honor Society (2 years)
500+ hours of community service from mostly unrelated, though 225 of those hours are from the literary magazine.
I'm also part of the writing staff for a play, and I'm also going to be a part of acting in it, which will net me 150 community service hours each.
I will have also worked at a restaurant for 3 years by senior year; I've also started tutoring elementary school kids in core subjects (for money though, not for any sort of altruism you might believe).
One from my AP U.S. History teacher, it's an incredibly honest and well-written recommendation from one of my favorite teachers. I'm definitely planning on giving him a thank you card and a gift card to his favorite restaurant for this because I don't know if I could've gotten a better recommendation.
The other one, my IB Anthropology teacher, I also have high hopes for because I've known her for 3 years and she's one of the best teachers I have ever had. She really likes me too so I have high hopes for this recommendation as well.
The counselor recommendation, I'm not so sure about because she's new and knows no one here, but I get along with her really easily. She's really nice and I think with what she knows of me (since I've spent some lunches in her office just talking), as well as with the student questionnaire I filled out for a counselor recommendation, I think it'll turn out fairly well.
About lucid dreaming and how it affects my writing (it's Common App prompt #1). I've had people tell me it's good/impactful, but I honestly feel that it's pretentious/cliche and not really my best work. It's not terrible, like, it's good enough to get into the literary magazine, but it still needs some major revision before I'm satisfied with it. Probably a 7/10 on a personal scale.
Thai? Not really a hook since I'm still Asian (curse you ORM status!). My mom went to college so I'm not first-gen either. I'm also better at QWOP than I am at actual sports so my (lack of) athletic prowess won't help me either. Yeah, I don't even know if I need this section in this thread.
These are what I'm applying to:
Reaches (ridiculously long list):
Amherst (ED definitely)
Hamilton (maybe not, though)
Many of these schools are long shots, rejecting many applicants far more qualified than I. I just want to know if I should bother applying to half the schools on my list. I've saved up most of my money from work just for college applications and all of its costs, but I think I'm going overboard with a list this long. There are a ton of supplements I would have to do as well, and that's a lot of effort to put in just to not get into any of the schools. I decided not to do Questbridge because I really liked Amherst and decided that doing ED for Amherst was a better option, since I'd get really good financial aid either way.
tl;dr, is this college list too long? If so, what should I remove to remain realistic?