Hi, thank you for taking time to read this! I'm currently a high school senior, who is growing increasingly anxious with the admission announcements 2 days away. I guess I'm hoping for some encouragement or the opposite in order for me to get coaxed into facing the decision.
In high school, I've been in rigorous classes all 4 years; participating in AP/Honors Advanced classes starting freshman year and the International Baccalaureate Program my junior and senior year.
My academic record is pretty bad- I've never been good at math or science, so I've gotten a lot of Cs and some Ds in the classes. Even though I fell behind, I just fought through it to keep being involved in the advanced program, which led me to have a GPA of 3.5. And I've never been good at tests either, which affected my grade and my ACT score, which is a 29. It's not the worst, but it's also not the best.
For extracurriculars, I think I have a pretty good standing. I've been the captain of many clubs such as debate, swim, musical service club, culture club, for example. I want to pursue a career in law, and I developed that interest through participation in debate and mock trial teams. For debate, I was team captain for 3 years, got in the top 5 at region and state competitions for 3 years, and qualified to 3 national level tournaments. Also, I got to state elimination rounds every year with my team for mock trial.
I've worked, volunteered, played in the school advanced orchestra, tutored, and I'm a green card holder but ethnically Korean.
For church, I've been a member my whole life, and have held a lot of callings. At the time of applying to BYU, I had 4 callings; stake youth council member, seminary council member, laurel class president, and ward choir pianist. I also completed personal progress and earned my honor bee, and doing personal progress for the 2nd time.
I think my transcript kills me, and my ACT is pretty much helpless when dealing with my GPA and grades. I know that I'm below average for BYU's admitted GPA and at average for the ACT. I also know they had an unusually high number of applications this year. Do you think my extracurriculars, church standings, race, and strong wish to attend BYU help supplement my case enough? Please let me know your honest opinion so I can come to terms with what to expect for admissions. Thank you!