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chances rd for asian from underrepresented state

CNICNI Registered User Posts: 1,171 Senior Member
edited August 2007 in Amherst College
Stats: I never thought about applying to a liberal arts school, but GC suggested it bc. i was "more rounded?"

School is one of newsweek's twenty "public elites". Residential school.Very tough curriculum. 90% of faculty hold PhD's.

Asian male- hopeful econ major. ( will it help that i'm chinese and want to go into econ and poli sci instead of oh.... math, biology, or engineering?)
SAT:1470 (Math/Verbal)
GPA: 3.80(unweighted). Heavy downward trend junior year, mainly bc. of very tough courses and adjustment to life away from home.
Counselor Rec- will be very good. He's my student council advisor, and I've built a very strong relationship with him. He's already written a very solid rec for me, so i'm faithful that he'll come through.

Senior year courseload-
Semester 1- Ordinary Diffe he'll do a great job.

Junior Courseload- killed me( i took 8 classes, when all other juniors except 2 took 7)
Semester 1- AP calculus BC, AP Bio, AP Chem, AP US, english 101, Computer Science 101, Solving Complex Math Equations, life and leisure.
Semester 2- all the same classes, except computer science 101 was replaced with AP psychologyrential Equations, AP Euro, AP Physics C, Gov/econ, AP English lit, History of the 1950's 60's and 70's, Research, solving complex equations 2.

Senior year courseload-
Semester 1- DIfferential Equations, Gov/Econ, Cal-based physics (ap), Western Civ (Ap euro), Ap Lit, Mentored research, East asian studies, solving complex math equations II.
Semester 2- Statistical analysis of financial analysis using Differential Equations and Calculus( no specific title yet haha), AP Euro, AP Phys C, Globalization, AP English Lit, AP Environmental Science, Solving complex equations 2, and linear algebra.

AP's: took AP chem, AP Bio, AP Calculus BC, AP Psychology, and AP Us history as a junior, and i have taken stats -4

E.C.'s that i will list-

Leadership-Student Council 2 years-secretary (we only have a secretary and a moderator)
Beta Club President as a junior
Speech team captain as a senior
Math Team treasurer
founding a non-profit org. next year aimed at promoting math education in local middle schools.

Selected for the Riley Institute at Furman University's "Emerging public Leaders" i'm pretty sure it was pretty competitive. Maybe 20 spots with people applying from SC and the rest of the country.

South Carolina Music Teachers Association pre college auditions- 1st place in division 4 (grades 10-12)
Guild of the Greenville Symphony Orchestra Competition- top 10 finalist
Laurence Hamilton Scholarship winner (won in 2003, 2005, 2006)- a regional scholarship worth around $400. won in 2003 as a 12 year old and was the youngest winner in the competitions history.
Limestone College young artist's competitions- 2nd place
Will submit a CD, as well as a superb recommendation.

Speech and Debate-
District competition- 1st place policy debate. Nationals qualifier(but i did horribly at nats)
State Public Forum Debate Champion

Varsity Cross Country - 3 years, (team was 3rd this year at state, hopefully 1 next yr)
Varsity Track- 2 years, all region 2007 in the mile, 2 mile, and 4 x 800 meter relay.

Summer plans-
Six week oncology research internship- submitting research paper on various methods of using lymph, spleen, lung, thymus, and liver tissue in order to fight melanoma in rats.
1 week furman emerging program leaders.

Replies to: chances rd for asian from underrepresented state

  • paj8989paj8989 Registered User Posts: 89 Junior Member
    I am just responding to the first part of your post. You go to a public elite...me too. Well graduated from.

    I went to Bergen County Academies and am going to Amherst this year...which public elite do you go to?

    I will actually answer your post in 1 sec.
  • paj8989paj8989 Registered User Posts: 89 Junior Member
    You seem extremely competetive. You def have a shot. Your app seems quite impressive.

    There are only two things I can recommend:

    1) Keep up everything senior year

    2) Work your ass off on the essay. I wasn't the best applicant from my school. I know people who are going to Dartmouth, UPenn, MIT (2 of which rejected me) who got rejected by Amherst while I got in.

    I feel that Amherst really values the essay...otherwise I don't know why I got in...haha. This holds true for many of the smaller liberal arts schools.

    If you have any other questiosn feel free to message me.
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