Demographics: Mixed-race female (Pakistani, Indian, white), upper middle class, California, top-40 US private high school
Will not need financial aid
Intended Major: Neuroscience, possibly a minor in economics
GPA: 3.95 UW (school does not weight)
Rank: N/A (but top 5%)
SAT: N/A - 1460 on PSAT, should be commended but definitely not semifinalist
ACT: 34 Composite (35 E, 30 M, 35 R, 35 S, 10 E) on the first try but will retake in June to (hopefully!) bring math score up
SAT II: Have not taken, but will take Spanish, Lit, and Math II
School does not offer APs, but Honors courses should be weighted the same as APs
(I've taken the hardest classes available & capped my honors all 3 years)
Freshman year: Honors Spanish 2, Honors Geometry
Sophomore year: Honors Spanish 3, Honors Algebra 2
Junior year: Honors English, Honors US History, Honors Precalculus, Honors Biology, Honors Spanish 4
Honors I will take
Senior year: Honors English, (Honors History is not offered), Honors Calculus, Honors Genetics (and I've finished the highest level of language at my school so will be taking an independent study of Spanish instead)
Work at UCSF Neuroscience Lab under Ph.D. student and mentor, aiding her in her project and designing my own research project about a specific enzyme that contributes to the maturation of stem cells in mouse brains. Medical applications for the procedure. Work 10-15 hrs/week during the year, and 40+ hrs/week during summer. Hopefully will get my research written up by August
Varsity Tennis (3 years)
Founder and President of SAME club - South Asian Middle Eastern alliance
Teacher's Assistant (2 semesters) for Metal and Wood Shop - teach students about machinery and aid them in building projects.
Pollworker in general and state elections - aid with ballots, etc.
SPCA - community service, 2 hrs/week at animal shelter helping socialize rescued dogs
I'm also running for treasurer but I may or may not get elected.
Awards: ...none... :/ probably National Merit Commended but that's it. Definitely the weakest part of my application, but I also haven't been involved in any activity (except tennis) that would provide me the opportunity for an award
Legacy: Dad went to Dartmouth undergrad, Columbia and Stanford for master's. Sister went to Georgetown. Mom went to undergrad college in India, master's at Yale and Stanford.
Colleges I'm considering at the moment:
Reach: UCLA, UCB, Harvard, Stanford, UPenn, Dartmouth, Brown, WashU, UChicago, possibly Pomona
Target: BU, UMich, UCSB, UCSD, Wellesley
Match: UC Davis/other UCs.
Preferences: I like cities the size of SF, where I'm from. Not a huge fan of NY or LA. Will def apply to UCLA though. I like Boston and DC the best of other cities. Weather... I don't really care, but I prefer cold over warm because I can't deal with hot weather. I also like snow. I want east coast if possible, although I am possibly looking at WashU in the midwest. Want out of California but still will apply to UC's for sure.