I go to Northwestern where I currently have a 3.8, including taking extra courses to give myself more of a challenge. I got a 2260 on my SATs, and went to a top NYC prep school that I believe has about 10 current students at Amherst.
I had about a 3.1 in high school, due to well documented extenuating circumstances that have since been resolved.
My reasons for transfer, as I wrote in my essays, are both academic and social. I would like more of an "intellectual" campus community, which I think is exactly what Amherst is all about, and quite frankly I haven't been pleased with my classes here, especially coming from a high school where I don't think I ever had 20 kids in a class.
I have been involved in EC's (though perhaps not as much as some other students on here) both in high school and in college. One interesting aspect is that I intend to go into business, and have interned with major financial corporations both on Wall Street and in London.
Any input you could give me would be greatly appreciated.