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Chance me for Barnard please?

Avalde4Avalde4 Registered User Posts: 190 Junior Member
edited December 2012 in Barnard College
SAT: 680- math
710-critical reading
720- Writing
Want to retake in December

SAT ll 770- US HIST
750- W HIST

Rank - 2/542

Unweighted GPA- 4.0
W GPA -113.78 (my school does it on a 100 scale?

Potential environmental studies, political science or English major

AP Scores- 5 US HIST, 4 Eng Lang, 4 Psychology, 4, Environmental Science, 3 world HIST

I will have taken 11 of the 20 offered AP classes by the time I graduate which is as many as my schedule allows. I'm in an arts magnet program as a creative writing major that I had to audition for and am required to have two honors g/t courses each year in my schedule for my creative writing major. I took four classes last summer to have space for AP electives which were all in core requirement areas such as pe, speech as health.

creative writing sect of arts magnet program which includes lit mag and poetry readings
film appreciation club- highly informal and not school related in which a group of people watch a few movies and analyze them in depth for an hour or so after
Representative forum since 9th; voting rep since 11th
social studies UIL ( academic team since 9th grade.
Model UN since 9th
Animal society- 11th founding officer and treasurer
National Honor Society member since 11th.(first year available to students)
Spanish Honor Society- historian also only available to juniors and seniors
Earth club-12th
Temporarily a Texas highschool aerospace scholar participant through online NASA program

Community service- maybe 100 hours freshman and sophomore year through church groups
As I became more secular most of my community service has been through clubs and at book fairs, writing workshops or volunteering to usher plays with occasional nursing home visits maybe about 50 hours this year total

Awards- National Hispanic scholar
AP scholar with distinction
Silver key in poetry through scholastic alliance
Four poems published in 84th city library anthology. 80 chosen out of over 2000
Nominated for NCTE achievement award by English teacher
Directors award at Alamo regional science fair in physics category
Nominated by congresswoman to be a NASA TX highschool aerospace scholar

Summer Experience:
National Student Leadership Conference theater program at Fordham university
Dartmouth Bound Summer 2012 (can I even list this?)

Internship at a nonprofit arts organization downtown
Secretary and Internet advertising for my dads real estate business since he's self employed.
This year though I worked from April to early July as a server at this restaurant called Souper salad but I quit because of inconsistent pay and a bad working condition.

I'm very worried about how I will stand in the college admissions process because of my low test scores and less than stellar community service. Most of my time is eaten away by chores (its just my dad and me) and my magnet school's creative writing program. We do public readings every month an submit monthly to our departments literary magazine that is run by the seniors. Next year I'll be co editor-in-chief with another student. However last year our magazine won the highest award given to lit mags by NCTE, the only one given in Texas.

Last Hooks (?)- Female Hispanic, writing ability maybe (?), go to a large inner city public high school that hosts three magnet programs
Anti hooks- will need financial aid desperately because our family income is under 40,000 a year.

So please have at the chances. Sorry for an obnoxiously long post and thank you if you got this far.

Any and everything's appreciated.
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Replies to: Chance me for Barnard please?

  • rwaltonrwalton Registered User Posts: 8 New Member
    yeah youll get in..
  • notakidnotakid Registered User Posts: 688 Member
    You have a great chance. Write good essays. Demonstrate some knowledge of Barnard and a strong desire to go there.
  • Avalde4Avalde4 Registered User Posts: 190 Junior Member
    Thank you! Bump! Will chance back!
  • Avalde4Avalde4 Registered User Posts: 190 Junior Member
    Second bump. I fall more in love with this school everyday. :)
  • Avalde4Avalde4 Registered User Posts: 190 Junior Member
    Triple bump. I'll chance back.
  • Avalde4Avalde4 Registered User Posts: 190 Junior Member
    Last bump. I just want some honest feedback please. I'll return the favor
  • Researcher101Researcher101 Registered User Posts: 40 Junior Member

    I think your SAT Reasoning test score does hurt you a bit. However, It's not the end of the world since it's 2000+ so it's okay. Plus, I feel like your SAT II scores, AP Scores, and awards make up for that. Yeah, you're extracurriculars are not supernaturally amazing. But, they are good. I mean.. winning a writing contest and being in a program with nasa sounds amazing!!

    Honestly.. i think you have a 45% chance of getting in.. That's actually pretty high in my opinion considering how many applicants there are. I feel like in the end, everything will come down to how well you connect what experiences you do have when writing your essays. You want to make it clear that everything you did you.. you were awesome at.
  • barnardblissbarnardbliss Registered User Posts: 2 New Member
    Barnards admission rate dropped to 21% last year. If the trend continues it's going to be much harder getting in RD than ED. That aside, I think you have a very good chance of getting in.
  • churchmusicmomchurchmusicmom Registered User Posts: 4,059 Senior Member
    I wish you nothing but the best, but have only this to say:

    This is a board populated by fellow students and by (hopefully) helpful parents of former students who attended and graduated from Barnard. NONE of the people here (unless there is a secret Barnard admissions person here about) can really assess your "chances" for admission. If you are looking for affirmation of all you have done, look at your own accomplishments! If you have done your best, challenged yourself, and grown and matured as a caring, compassionate individual, then congratulations!! I DO understand wanting Barnard as your school, but please know that nobody here can reassure you. All you can do is make sure you have great alternatives, do your best on your application essays and wait it out...

    Best to you! (and sorry for the lecture)
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