Hello all! I have been lurking CC for months now, but have only just decided to create an account in order to ask questions I haven't seen answered yet. First of all, I wanted to know what my chances are for Early Decision at Amherst (I visited the school once and fell in love and am positive I want to go here). Also, I attend an extremely competitive high school with a difficult course load that is ranked highly everywhere, but had no test preparation at all for reason I'd rather not go into:
U.S. Government - 3 (sophomore)
World History - 4 (junior)
Spanish Language - 5 (junior)
English Language & Composition - 5 (junior)
Biology - 5 (junior)
January - M 680, R 660, W 720 (total: 2060)
June - M 630, R 690, W 740 (total: 2060)
GPA: 3.4 (Unweighted), 4.04 (Weighted). Let me explain this - I did very badly freshman year, and okay sophomore year, but my junior year GPA is about a 3.8. So I did slack off at first, but I improved significantly throughout high school, and am continuing to do so.
I am an active participant in my school's Humanities & Arts program, which requires participants to take extra credits in the humanities/arts depending on their focus (I am a humanities focus and so am taking six total years of Spanish, including 2 APs, and four years of history, including 2 APs, along with four years of music, all honors), and also requires senior participants to write a Senior Independent Project, which is an extended research paper of eighteen to twenty pages.
I know my scores and grades are not fantastic and are not exactly Amherst material, but I have other things working for me:
Private piano lessons 10 years
Marching band 3 years
Spanish Honor Society 2 years
Softball 3 years (JV captain 2 years)
Class Planning 3 years, Freshman Class President
Over 200 community service hours - 50 hours working at the Residency & International Admissions Office this summer (where people go to register their children in my county's school system), 46 hours working to teach children how to use computers before high school, and a bunch of other stuff here and there.
I am an African-American female from Tunisia (came to the US as an infant but visit Tunisia every year), and I am writing my essay on the Tunisian political revolution and how it affected me and my country.
Like I said before, I don't know exactly what my chances are, but I know they're probably slim. However, with an amazing essay (I am confident that I can write an original, unique, well-written essay), do you think they might accept me ED?
I will ask other questions once people start to answer this