Hello! I am extremely passionate about Barnard and have it as my number one top college, which is why I plan on applying early decision for the class of 2024. I'd really appreciate honest and constructive feedback on my chances and what I might be able to do to improve them in the time I have left
SAT I (breakdown): 1430 (730 RW, 700 math) and a 1330 on my first one (taking again)
ACT (breakdown): 34 (35 Reading, 34 English, 33 Math and Science, 11 writing)
SAT II subject tests: Ecological Biology 780, US History 730, Literature 720
Unweighted GPA (out of 4.0): 4.0 unweighted, 4.557 weighted (out of 5)
Rank (percentile if rank is unavailable): 5 out of 308
AP (place score in parenthesis): Human Geo (4), English Lang (5), US History (5), European History (5), Environmental Science (5), English Lit (4), Biology (4), Calculus AB (3)
IB (place score in parenthesis): N/A
Senior Year Course Load: AP Calc BC, AP Art History, AP World History, AP US Gov, AP Psych, Journalism Honors, might be able to take Spanish 3 but might end up stuck with a free period. I've ran out of higher level classes to take
-Track/Cross Country (stopped after this due to a knee injury)
- Started a food bank at my school which I operate and manage
- Harvard Model Congress
- Organized a March For Our Lives walkout (not including)
- Freshman mentor
- Harvard Model Congress (Captain, won an award)
- Varsity women's lacrosse
- Founded an Environmental Club (which I'm the president of)
- Food bank
- Started a chapter of March For Our Lives at my school (chapter lead)
- Food bank
- Freshman mentor
- HMC again (still captain)
- Internship with local judge
- NC Governor's School for English
- I'll also be doing debate and the school newspaper. I will also be the VP of our school's new diversity club
Job/Work Experience: None (due to extenuating circumstance of having a single mother meaning I care for my siblings and the household while she works). I'm currently doing an internship with our district judge and I'm hoping to set up an internship with my state senator, though.
Volunteer/Community service: All of my community service has been or will be through things I've created. A lot of it I attribute to my food bank and projects I'll be conducting with my environmental club.
- Outstanding Achievement Award (basically the highest grade/most knowledgeable) in AP Human Geography, AP US History, Precal Honors, AP Euro, AP Bio, Anatomy Honors, Career Management
- Nominated for/accepted to NC Governor's School. Also got an award at school for it.
- AP Scholar with distinction
- Daughters of the American Revolution Excellence in American History Award
- Honor Roll/Academic Pin and Letter for top 10% in my class all 3 years
- Graduation Marshal
- Honorable Mention at Harvard Model Congress 2019 in Senate Environment and Public Works
- Member of two basically "smart kid academies" where I attend seminars and get to look cool
- Varsity athletics letter
- Questbridge College Prep Scholar (would be applying through the college match to ivies but decided not to so I could apply ED to Barnard, that's how passionate I am about it lol)
Did an online class my first two summers of high school. This summer I attended NC Governor's School East for English and I'm doing an internship with the judge as previously mentioned
I'll be applying for financial aid and come from the lowest income bracket (<$30,000). I've put political science, environmental science/biology/policy, and Spanish as my intended areas of study though I'm looking to double major in the first two. I'm from a fringe rural public school in southeastern NC and we're just slightly at or above the state average for test scores. I'm white but very low income as I said.
Hooks: Geographic location, high achieving low income, come from a single teen mother, don't have a lot of resources available to me so I created my own stuff. Not the best life which I will likely include to show how it has made me stronger.
Strengths: Good grades and rigorous course load (as I said, I ran out of classes), very very passionate about this school which I hope will show, decent test scores, strong despite bad circumstances
Weaknesses: I feel like my extracurriculars aren't the strongest, especially my major lack of community service and work experience. I also worry a lot about my SAT score and don't want to sound like a sob story in my essays (also I don't know which woman to write about!)
Any and all feedback is very appreciated
Very few people at my school go out of state and even fewer apply to T20 schools (I was one of two people to even take subject tests this year) so I have a limited pool of people to discuss this with. Thanks!