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I'm a poor to middle class student from Pennsylvania. I am African American and Puerto Rican.
Questbridge Finalist: ranked MIT, Stanford, Princeton, Yale
Also looking at Rice and Rice/Baylor Medical Scholars program, JHU, Columbia, Harvey Mudd College, Duke, USC, and others
GPA: 3.98 (unwieghted)
Rank: 10/613 (top 1.6%)
AP Macroecon (4)
AP Chemistry (5)
AP Stats (5)
AP Calculus AB/BC*
Elective: Skepticism and Logic
College Class @ Lehigh University (Bioscience in the 21st Century)
American Govt. and Econ
AP Calculus with both extensions*
Honors Discrete Math
*My school offers extensions after 1 semester for AP Calc; however, my schedule could not fit in the extensions.
** I have many AP classes I haven't taken tests for. I could not afford taking many (only 4). This year I am on free lunch, so I can take more for free.
***AP Scholar: APUSH (2) :( Macro (4) Stats (5) Chem (5)
SAT: 2130 (690 Reading, 740 Math, 700 Writing)
ACT: 32: 34 E, 36 M, 29 R, 28 S (bad timing)
SAT II's: Math 2:760 Chem: 750
took Bio M, Math 2, and Math 1 recently (not sending, but 650, 700, and 770 respectively)
-Started a science club at my school (small group of about 5/6) that visits local elementary schools and performs science demos to get kids more interested in science
-JV/Varsity Soccer for 4 yrs
-Scholastic Scrimmage 3 yrs
-Math Team 4 yrs
-German Club 3 yrs
-NHS 2 yrs (Jr. + Sr.)
-nursing home 40 hours
-helped repair rec center in Philadelphia for my mom's job
-science club initiatives
-Better Business Bureau organization 30 hours
I am starting to tutor students and adults in science or math. Paid job
I did MITES this summer, and it was amazing!
I want to major in BME or Bioengineering. As a career goal, I want to study cancer because my grandma died of breast cancer at 54. I also am interested in diseases and antibiotic resistances from the lectures in my class at Lehigh.
My recs are really good. My essays highlight my grandmother as influence and motivation to me. My common app essay is about the effects of coming out to my dad. I've had my MIT and Yale interviews, and both interviewers said they were great interviews.
My first choices are MIT and Rice. Columbia is really high on my list. I know I have many reaches, but I was already accepted into Pitt, their honors college, and the guaranteed admission into the Swanson School of Engineering.
Thank you for reading!
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