I was looking at everyone else's my chances threads, and was feeling left out, because I fell a good hundred points or more behind on SATs and felt like I was generally less outstanding in the grade department, but I am still sincerely hoping to go to yale because it is my dream school. I thought about other me's who are running around this site getting intimidated by people with near perfect scores, especially people like me who thought they had perfectly wonderful grades before ivy averages started getting them down, so I wanted to post my scores and grades and extracurriculars, and see what people thought. I don't need the likelihood of my acceptance, that kind of statistic is unrealistic at best, but if you were an admissions officer, do you think you'd accept me?
I'm a senior in high school and I just applied to yale SCEA (and just learned that acronym today)
GPA unweighted- 3.79
GPA weighted- 4.49
Class Rank- top 7% (in a class of about 450)
(something that I feel is important that no one mentions in these threads- my GPA has risen consistently each year, I wonder how much of a plus admissions sees in that. I think there's a lot of merit to constant improvement.)
class schedules throughout the years:
English, World History, Biology, and Spanish 2- all honors
Algebra II advanced honors
Orchestra, Art I, and PE
English, US history I, and Spanish 3- honors
Precalculus and Physics advanced Honors
Orchestra, and PE
Creative Writing, US History II, and chamber orchestra- Honors
Chemistry- advanced honors
Calculus BC and Spanish language- AP
Computer Graphics and PE
Linear Algebra'Calculus III- advanced honors
Art history and Studio art- both AP
Production Journalism (the design staff for the school newspaper), CAD, Orchestra, and PE
BC Calc- 5
I got national merit commended (My PSAT was a 206)
US History- 730
Math II- 700
World History- 650
Spectrum: Ive been an active member of spectrum (my school's GSA) since the beginning of my freshman year. During 2011 and 2012 Spectrum organized two forums for the school, which involved topics such as bullying, homosexuality and religion, the relationships between sexism and homophobia, and transgender issues. I lead discussion groups at both forums.
Stage Crew: I have been an active member of the stage crew for four years, working backstage for every school musical, and as head painter for West Side Story (2012). I have stage managed two plays for the Parnassian drama society at our school. I will be working with another student as co-stage managers for the musical this spring. I also help run tech for the assemblies, pep rallies, and other miscellaneous performances at the school throughout the year. I have done paid work running tech for local performances and events.
Improv Club: I am a founding member of The Russian Embassy, my schools improv comedy club, which was formed during my junior year.
Other School Clubs: Shakespeare Festival club (10th-12th grade), quizbowl Team (10th-12th grade), West Point Bridge Design Club (10th grade).
Work Experience: I worked for about eleven months in my freshman and sophomore years as a waitress at a japanese restaurant.
Girl Scouts: I have been in girl scouts for the past twelve years.
Kung Fu: Ive been studying Wing Chun Kung Fu since the beginning of my freshman year.
Violin: Ive been playing the violin for eleven years. Ive been in orchestra all four years of high school, and began studying viola during my sophomore year.
Chinese Immersion: I participated in a four week language immersion program for Mandarin Chinese during the summer of 2010. Id like to continue studying Chinese in college, in addition to working towards becoming fluent in Spanish.
SMFA Precollege: I participated in a five week precollege program at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, in Boston, during the summer of my junior year.
I'm an avid poet, artist, and chef. I'm working towards writing a cook book. I have a vegetable and herb garden in my back yard. I love creating vegetarian recipes, and using food as a way to connect to me. My last birthday was spent with friends teaching them how to make tamales.
I love music, fiddling with instruments even if I'm not very good at playing them. I know a little saxophone, flute, clarinet, piano, guitar, cello, and bass. I write music a lot- mostly as a remnant of my middle school years when I wanted to grow up to be a composer or write Broadway musicals. (I did in fact write a musical when i was in seventh grade- it was absolutely horrible). I still hope to write and direct a play someday.
I have applied to young arts for poetry and creative writing and am waiting anxiously to hear back. To spend a week in Miami learning from masters would be a dream come true.
I want to travel so much. I love learning languages. I hope to walk the camino de santiago de compostela someday, and be inspired by the journey. I think I'd also like to volunteer in the peace corps someday, teaching english in a foreign country.
So... I've put that all out there. Which feels a little better.
Is anyone else out there a little below average in terms of numbers but hoping to get in on personality and essays and stuff (softs vs. hards). Does anyone know if yale specifically values one more than the other? or does it depend?