Hi, everyone! I'm a junior and am trying to figure out how I should approach the college process -- I want to apply to Penn ED because of KWH, and I've been in touch with people there. Chance me ED/RD Penn, SCEA/RD Yale & RD Princeton, Brown, Harvard, Boston University, SUNY Geneseo, Emory, Georgetown, Vassar, Wellesley
I may end up declaring a second major, but will apply to schools as an English major.
White middle-class female from NY.
[ *] SAT I (breakdown): Will take in March
[ *] ACT (breakdown): 33 [(36 E, 35 R, 33 M... 27 S :'( )--> I totally messed up the last passage on science because I didn't get the concept and freaked out. I know I should 100% be able to move that section up to mid-high 30's, since that's what I got on all of the timed online tests. I know Penn does superscore. My major-related scores are obviously much better, but I'm definitely retaking in April & (re)doing every official science test I can find.]
If, worst case scenario, I couldn't bring up my composite to a 34, how badly would this hurt my chances?
[ *] SAT II: Am planning to take Math 2, US & perhaps one other in June. I plan to get high 700's/800 on both.
[ *] Unweighted GPA (out of 4.0): 4.0 -- I've only seen my weighted GPA, but my lowest grade is a 96, so I'm assuming that's a 4.0
[ *] Rank (percentile if rank is unavailable): N/A, but should be in the top few in a class of ~250, if not at the top
[ *] AP's: AP World (5), AP Lang (current), AP Calc (current), AP Spanish (current), APUSH (current), AP Lit (next year), AP Macro (next year), AP Micro (next year), AP Stat (next year), AP US Govt (next year)
[ *] Major Awards (USAMO, Intel etc.): 2016 Scholastic Writing Awards National Gold Medalist (2017 nationals aren't announced yet, but I've won 4 total Gold Keys & like 7 Silvers, I think... but I'll probably only list Gold on app), other creative writing awards & publications
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[ *] Extracurriculars (place leadership in parentheses):
[Sorry to keep a lot of these vague to keep my identity safe... trust the prestige evaluations I give]
1) Editor-in-Chief & Programme Director of an international youth writing and art magazine. I manage 35+ staff members from California to Singapore -- the publication receives submissions from over twenty-five countries and thirty US states. I will also be speaking at a writing festival in Singapore through the publication.
2) Prose Reader at [Mid-Prestigious Literary Journal]: evaluate prose submissions for publication (both magazine issues & literary competition entries), as well as solicit writers for submission.
3) Business Development at [Prestigious Journal]: Solicited professional writers for submission and mentors to participate in their summer mentorship program, which I participated in as a freshman.
4) Teen Intern at the Guggenheim Museum: Work with museum supervisors to assist in child art studio and tours through the education department. Coordinate educational activities under the season’s featured artist (previous examples being Moholy-Nagy and Agnes Martin.)
5) Fiction Mentor for [Name Redacted] Online Writing Workshop: Taught two sessions of workshops for young writers, coordinating prose lectures, facilitating peer mentorship activities, and providing feedback on their work.
6) Political Activism: Worked on a Democrat state senate campaign last summer. Also write for various political publications, including The Progressive Teen (High School Democrats of America.)
7) Founding Editor-in-Chief of School Newspaper: Oversee staff of over thirty students, manage budget issues, supervise newspaper layout, and publish student articles.
8) Debate Team Captain, Assistant Coach, Summer Debate Camp Counselor: Supervise school debate team, assisting in research and debate strategy. Ranked in the top 10 speakers in New York State in my division (2016.) Coached a beginner policy debate lab (taught debate fundamentals, prepared lesson plans, and planned student rounds.) I also volunteer to judge debate rounds at monthly tournaments.
9) National English Honor Society (Organization President): Coordinated tutoring sessions and book drives to promote peer collaboration, as well as writing projects for members (creating school posters, compiling book lists and submitting to competitions.)
10) Head of Yearbook Writing Department: Oversee the writing staff and the publication of all written articles for senior yearbook.
[Can you guys tell I like to write?]
[ *] Job/Work Experience: If this means paid, then N/A
[ *] Volunteer/Community service: Guggenheim, debate, etc
[ *] Summer Activities: I have taken classes at the Gotham Young Writers Workshop & Skidmore College. I'm not 100% sure yet what I'm doing this summer, but I'm applying to a bunch of writing programs & internships, so it will likely be various activities to further develop my writing interest.
[ *] Essays: Planning to write a more poetic "place of solace" bookish type essay about my relationship with reading. The essay I'm thinking about would be strongly based off a Scholastic personal essay that won a Gold Key this year, so I know I can write the piece well.
[ *] Teacher Recommendations: I am planning to get recommendations from my AP English & APUSH teachers, which should be strong.
[ *] Additional Rec: If I apply Penn ED, then I will get one from a writing alum. For other schools, I'm not sure I will submit one... I'd need to see how this summer goes.
[ *] Supplementary Material: I wrote a literature research paper about the nature of time in Nabokov's work for MIT Inspire. If I get finalist for my research, I may provide an abstract, but otherwise likely nothing