Hey guys! So after my college meeting with my guidance counselor on Friday, I feel very insecure about my chances at any of my reaches or targets.
SAT scores: Reading-- 800, Math-- 680, Writing-- 800, essay: 11. Total: 2280
SAT II Scores: Literature-- 770, U.S. History 750.
APs: French--3, U.S. History--5.
GPA: 94.76 at Bronx Science, which puts me at around top ten percent.
AP Classes: AP French, APUSH, AP Mic/Mac, AP Calc AB, AP Psych, AP Biology, AP Literature.
EC's: 2 summers at an international newspaper writing as a world news intern reporter. I published 98 articles which were printed on web and print in five countries.
I'm the editor of our school's Social Studies Research Journal and also cover artist and contributor.
I write a lot of short stories in my spare time and had a poem published in our school's literary magazine.
I've done Speech & Debate for three years and have a degree of Merit but no awards yet because I'm basically awful at speech. Getting better every day though.
I've played piano for eight years and performed for private and public audiences with a repertoire both Western and Asian.
Awards: National Merit Commended Student (PSAT score: 203), Most Valuable Player in Volleyball (9th grade gym class, not sure if that counts), Most Improved Player in Basketball (again gym class)
and a Camp Nanowrimo June 2012 Winner!
Teacher Rec's: I have one APUSH teacher who loves me and a Precalc teacher who was very supportive of all my endeavors into that afeared subject. Not sure how my guidance counselor will write hers.
Essays: Writing is my strength and what I plan to do with my life, so hopefully there are no weaknesses here.
Art Supplements: I'm sending one YouTube video of my piano skills and a news article.
Ethnicity and Gender: I'm a Taiwanese female.
blah blah blah
Major! I'd like to go into Journalism/Creative Writing or just English in general. I would also like to minor in Chinese and/or Music.
Schools I'm Applying to
Reaches: Amherst, Columbia, Princeton, Yale, Barnard, Wellesley
Targets: Hamilton, Skidmore, Vassar, Macaulay Honors (a.k.a free CUNY)
Safeties: Ursinus, SUNY Stonybrook and CUNY Hunter.
So my guidance counselor is telling me that I won't get into any of these except Ursinus, CUNY and Stonybrook and that I have a 50% chance at my targets. Her reasoning is that I took most of my APs in the latter half of my high school career and that I have weak EC's.
My friends and even my teachers who are writing my recommendations say that I have a great chance but I do realize that they probably don't see the whole picture.
Chance me! I need to know which side my future is leaning toward.