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Mixed 17 year old female. Living in Hong Kong, half Malaysian half German. - First language english
Attending high ranking private school, using the English A level system.
SAT : Taking in January
A Levels : Taking next year, will be taking German, Chinese, Mathematics, Geography and History
English Literature A*
English First Language A
German A* + Orals A
Class Ranking : N/A, but out of 80 students maybe 70 of us get straight A/A*s, so I suppose we are a very competitive school
ECs : School Horse riding "A" Team 4 years ( placed top 3 of 14 teams 3 times ), School Newspaper (2 years, feature writer), Tutoring Ethnic Minority children (2 years), School Squash Team (2 Years), HKAYP (Duke of Edinburgh, Bronze Award), Committee Member of Shark Project (joined with external Hong Kong Shark Foundation), Student Leader on a charity library building trip to rural China, SCMP (Main English newspaper in Hong Kong [South China Morning Post]) Reporters Club member, Participated in a School Building trip to rural Thailand last year [Golden Triangle Area] - may have more to add below
Volunteering : included in ECs above + Flag selling on various occasions, as well as numerous charity walks/sponsored events + helping out at various functions in an out of school charity founded by the mother of a friend who passed away due to an Orphan disease
Work Experience : Likely going to intern at a major law firm + newspaper [SCMP] next summer. May be working part time at Hollister starting next month, will be continuing for the next year/2 years
Awards : Duke Of Edinburgh Bronze Award (HKAYP)
Course Load : Quite large, although in my school majority have large work loads [in comparison to other HK schools]. Taking 5 A Levels
Notes : My school has a strong history of sending students to Colleges/Unis such as Harvard, Brown, LSE [ London School of Economics] , HKU [Hong Kong University] etc.
-Was accepted into the Stanford summer course this past summer, but parents were not able to fund it (not sure if this means anything)
-Run a successful fashion blog (17k+ regular viewers)
-Last report card was mainly Bs, not as good as I'd hoped but I think it was largely due to stress [parents were laid off, we have had quite a bit of economical instability, had to move house to smaller/cheaper location etc]
- Essay writing skills are strong, I read a lot, have done for a very long time
-May have a few ECs to add, some positions I applied for are still pending ; Year Book Committee and MUN Press Corps
-Parents built everything from nothing, grew up in poverty, sent themselves to obscure Unis, I will be the first of my family to have a good chance of going to a reputable Uni/College
-Have not yet decided what I want to major in, but I've been swaying towards Law/Journalism for a long time
Hoping to Apply :
Kings College London [UK] (2nd dream)
NYU (3rd dream)
ICL (Imperial College London)[UK]
Stanford (long shot for anyone, right?)
(the list is still growing as I do more and more research)(will be narrowing down later on)
-High School graduation year 2014
Please please please let me know what you think, and how I may improve in order to better my chances. Also, I would be happy to give you more information, if you would request it.
University is all I ever think about now, so please chance me! I would love to be more active in bettering my chances! Thank you!