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Chance ME *Important*

isaac1112isaac1112 Registered User Posts: 171 Junior Member
edited August 2011 in Carnegie Mellon University
Hello, I’m going to be a senior this fall. And I need all the help I can get to get into this college PLEASE HELP! I am pretty passionate about music (cello), dance (break-dancing), sports (soccer and track) and studying... I just like doing everything that's fun... Enjoy meeting new people...Parents didn't go to college so I really want to (first-generation to go to college) I want to take pre-med courses...I am almost certain and determined to go to Medical school after undergrad.

* State (if domestic applicant): Minnesota
* High School: Small private school 140 in my class? Top 5% for sure
* Ethnicity: Asian/Korean
* Gender: Male
* Income Bracket: <50 K
*Bilingual in Korean and English around the same level, working on French (6th year!)
*Moved to American when I was 8 and now an American Citizen…so pretty much Korean-American


AP/Honors Classes- AP World History, AP Biology, AP Chemistry, AP English 11, AP Calculus 1, and Honor’s French 4

Going to take this fall (Senior Year)-AP Calculus 2, College Credited French 5, College Credited Anatomy and Physiology, AP English 12, AP Economy...
So graduating with 8 AP courses and 2 college courses (4+4=8 college credits for sure).

GPA Unweighted= 3.96/ Weighted=4.246
SAT- R=600 +W=690 +M=790= 2080 AIMING FOR 2100=2200
SAT 2- Chemistry=650, Math 2=800
ACT=29? Retake????
Extracurricular
MUSIC
-Machphail Music School Privet Lesson (10 Years)/Various Orchestra (6 Years)/Group/Buddy Program (help work with younger musicians (2 Years)
-Tri-Metro Orchestra Participant (9, 10, 11)
-All-State Solo/Ensemble Contest...Superior ratings for all solos (Highest) (9, 10, and 11)…7 sites for woodwinds, vocal, band, strings, etc… BEST in site (only 1) solo at the strings site
-All-State Orchestra (12 WOOO!)
-Small Church Cellist (6, 7, 8) Every Sunday
-Church (5000 in congregation few events) Orchestra Principle Cellist= 200+ hrs (11)
-Orchestra Board/Principle cellist position at school (Plan, lead, and organize parties and musicians
-Lettered in Orchestra (9, 10, 11...12)
-Bunch of small music awards and academic recognition awards

SPORTS and ACTIVITIES
-Track and Field (10, 11) (Lettered 10, 11) (Sections individually 10, 11) (Most Improved) (TRACK CAPTAIN!! (12))(Seeing into recruitment)
-Soccer (9, 10, 11...12) (best offense and MVP)
-Break-dancing=6 years, (shows, events, and competitively in competitions with crews) (I want to show colleges dancing in a more passionate and meaningful way, but not sure how)

VOLUNTEERING
-Elementary School Teacher Assistant/Personal ESL helper/One-on-One= 120+ hrs (9, 10, 11)
-Hospital in patient discharge, rooms, and gift shops = 300+ (9, 10, 11)
-All the church music (cello)

OTHERS
-Minnesota State High School Mathematics League= Top Score Certificate (11)
-Science Olympiad (10, 11, 12)
-French Club (9, 10, 11, 12 French Club PRESIDENT!!(12))
-National Honors Society (12, probably will get in)
-Academic Honors Award (9, 10, 11 lettered academically)
-National Merit Achievement (Commended at least for PSAT, will be notified in the fall if I moved further into the National Merit Scholarship)

-Probably Good Recommendations and Essays for next year

ACT?
College suggestions?
Other recommendations on increasing my chances? PLEASE
Post edited by isaac1112 on

Replies to: Chance ME *Important*

  • CSMathAsa1994CSMathAsa1994 Registered User Posts: 385 Member
    Retake Chem Sat2 be a competeitve applicant by showing CMU that u are good at math and science
    Also look at Boston University, Suny Binghamton, University of Michigan, and Lehigh university
    Also since I am seekin recurit for CMU also, may I ask..
    what races do u run and what times do u get?
  • CMUTSBKidCMUTSBKid Registered User Posts: 70 Junior Member
    I assume you're looking at MCS for premed. If so, you are in decent shape academically but your test scores are a little low. ~2100 for MCS will put you in a good position.

    650 on Chem and you want to be premed? Hit the books harder or it's going to be a long 4 years no matter what program accepts you.
  • blobberheadblobberhead Registered User Posts: 150 Junior Member
    good luck!
  • Lavy27Lavy27 Registered User Posts: 220 Junior Member
    I think you'll get in!
  • isaac1112isaac1112 Registered User Posts: 171 Junior Member
    CSMathAsa1994..my 100 is probably around 11.7 and my prs for long and triple jump are 19.6 ft and 39.2 ft, respectively. What are the qualifying times needed in CMS? Yeah...do you think you can math major and go to medical school?
  • fineartsmajormomfineartsmajormom Registered User Posts: 1,191 Senior Member
    Where else are you applying? Why so passionate about CMU for premed? If financial aid is going to be important to you, make sure you apply to options that will make premed cheap and with a high acceptance rate to med school. CMU is neither of these (lots of loans in most aid packages) so even if it is the mix of music and science or something else about CMU that makes it special to you, you should widen your choices. Look at the premed forum about schools with good acceptance rates to good med schools. Then, see the match with good merit and financial aid schools. Some small, less well know schools have great acceptance rates to medical and vet schools and often give great merit aid for kids who offer diversity (music, track) particularly division 3 schools. Consider Centre College KY, Rhodes in TN, Washington and Lee in VA...small liberal arts schools with great med acceptance rates and good aid particularly for first to college and out of state. You may get the chance to do division III sports there and certainly play in the orchestra. Also, your state flagship will be offer cheaper education and good prep for premed. Be sure to apply to some safeties and keep the long term in mind.
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