I’m a HS senior who just finished up apps
Here are the obligatory stats...
SAT: 800M 770R
SAT II: 800 M2, 770 BioM, 790 Span (not native speaker)
APs: 6 so far, all 5s— will have taken 10 by end of HS (including stats (5), bio (5), chem, calc bc, physics c
class rank: 2, GPA: 4.0 UW, 4.5 W
I only became interested in engineering a few months to one year ago when I realized I was fairly good at math and really interested by engineering (I’ve always been interested I just never thought of it as a career)... so I have no relevant ECs pretty much
But ya know— I didn’t think much of it, so I just wrote about what compelled me in engineering (pretty good essays I think) and applied to schools I thought were appropriate based on scores (Duke, Penn, Princeton, UVA, BU) - - sidenote: I was not picking these schools solely on the basis of engineering strength, so please do not jump on me for school choice based on your info
My good ECs are:
captain of sport 3 seasons (xc, indoor, outdoor track), I was top 20 @ states in xc, but I’m not fast enough to be recruited (could maybe walk on, but not relevant in admissions @ big schools with engineering programs) (this is like 20-25 hrs/week w/ practice, meets, team dinners, answering questions by text from younger guys)
academic team— state competitive, member of A team
governor’s school for Spanish
Basically I’ve just realized how I may have shot myself in the foot with no STEM ECs (I’ve never even done AMC)— everybody and their uncle has founded a robotics club, helped a professor do research, and created an app to teach disadvantaged kids math...
I have a couple of schools I’m pretty confident I’ll get into, but I’m feeling pretty silly waiting around for a bunch of prestigious rejection letters...
So I guess this is what my hopes are for this thread:
a) should I not get in any where, what the heck do I do?
b) Please let this serve as a warning...
c) If anyone has a message of hope, I welcome it
d) How do you deal with parents who (w/o really pressuring) just expect that I’ll get into to most of the schools I applied to, since scores ruled back in their day?