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Am I too stupid to go to college?

dong_xiedong_xie Posts: 168Registered User Junior Member
edited August 2007 in What Are My Chances?
GPA : 4.05 out of 5.0 weighted (pretty bad I know, that's like top 18%ish in my HS although our school does not rank,. I'm not very good at my humanities classes. But my grades show a very strong upward trend)

SAT: M:800, CR:660, WR: 690(or 650 if a college takes highest combined score)

SAT II's : Math Level II: 800, Chemistry: 800

AP's: BC Calculus-5, Chemistry-5, Statistics-5

EC/Awards:
-two time USA Mathematics Olympiad qualifier (AMC12 score: 129, AIME score: 9)
-American Regions Math League participant (scored a 7 out of 8 in the 2006 ARML, which is like top 50ish that year?)
- AMC (American Mathematics Competition) school winner/high scorer
- 3rd in my state (MA) math competition this year
- member of school math team (possibly captain this year)
- random volunteering/community service (60+ hours) for local non-profit organizations

With terrible grades, not-so-good SAT scores... can I at least go to some community college (or will that be too far of a reach) ? I will write my essay on how I'm just a waste of the limited supply of oxygen on this planet.
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Replies to: Am I too stupid to go to college?

  • brosfambrosfam Posts: 442Registered User Member
    Haha, damn troll :D Your stats are fine.
  • kollegkidkollegkid Posts: 1,007Registered User Member
    Janitorial work might be a better choice.
  • dong_xiedong_xie Posts: 168Registered User Junior Member
    kollegkid --- that's a very good idea actually... well I think janitorial work at colleges will be fine... do you think they'll let me be a professional janitor at some top colleges (like MIT)?
  • 996GT2996GT2 Posts: 160Registered User Junior Member
    OP, seriously you have very little to worry about...USAMO qualifier and ARML top finisher are two very good hooks that top colleges will consider when you apply. I knew of a guy who had around a 3.0 out of 4.0 GPA, but who was accepted to MIT because he was a USAMO qualifier and Siemens Finalist. Grades and SAT scores aren't everything...and based on your stats, you have a decent shot at some very good colleges...so RELAX and stop worrying about how you're a waste of oxygen lol...
  • stupidkidstupidkid Posts: 607Registered User Member
    scored a 7 out of 8 in the 2006 ARML
    lol, the guy who beat you is a friend of mine. What did you get on USAMO? You'll have an above average shot at MIT. Why not retake SAT?
  • dong_xiedong_xie Posts: 168Registered User Junior Member
    eh my best USAMO score so far is 12 (out of 42)
  • stupidkidstupidkid Posts: 607Registered User Member
    Yea, definitely put that on your app, it's only 5ish pts away from MOP.
  • thepack88thepack88 Posts: 214- Junior Member
    even the janitors at MIT are required a 1500 old scale SAT
  • dong_xiedong_xie Posts: 168Registered User Junior Member
    What?? Even janitors can't be stupid like me at MIT... :( I'm hopeless now
    (btw I'm not suicidal lol :) even though saving oxygen is nice)

    Anyway where should I apply as a safety school ?
  • 996GT2996GT2 Posts: 160Registered User Junior Member
    You seem to be math/science oriented, so I would say apply to Purdue Univ. in Indiana as a safety. They have an awesome engineering program and the school overall is very good (I'd say around top 50 in US). However I still think you have a decent chance at the ones you listed originally with your USAMO qualifying and such.

    Have fun :D
  • dong_xiedong_xie Posts: 168Registered User Junior Member
    Alright...

    I'm looking at

    MIT (automatic reject?)
    Caltech (automatic reject?)
    Cornell ED (what about regular decision?)
    UC Berkeley OOS?
    UMichigan
    UWisconsin-Madison
    UIllinois Urbana-Champaign
  • krnpsychopathkrnpsychopath Posts: 1,288Registered User Member
    dong_xie.

    Man why are you so dumb? Your grades are so pathetic. What have you been doing the past 4 years of high school, daydreaming?

    You should start studying and pay attention in class.
  • dong_xiedong_xie Posts: 168Registered User Junior Member
    Well I think my IQ is too low (like 70ish)
  • stupidkidstupidkid Posts: 607Registered User Member
    Man why are you so dumb?
    Dumb people don't pass AIME.
  • lorogirllorogirl Posts: 33Registered User Junior Member
    so do you ever like have any fun lol or play sports or something? ps please never refer to your grades or sats as terrible because thats plain ridiculous. lets be real, youre not going to cc. but try to do something new so you are more well rounded, just some advice.
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