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Will I make it in?

CodySchulzCodySchulz Registered User Posts: 7 New Member
edited August 2011 in Claremont McKenna College
Caucasian, Male
Class of 2012
Wheaton North High School, IL

Intended major: International Relations (Possible double major with Political Science)

Unweighted: 4.0
Weighted (6 scale): 5.64

Class rank: 13/481

Soph: US History: 5
Jun: Lang and Comp: 5, Micro Econ: 5, US Gov: 5
Sen: Lit and Comp, Bio, Psych, Euro

ACT (Will retake in Sep.)
Composite: 33
Writing: 35 (10 on Essay)
Math: 32
Science: 32
Reading: 33

SAT Subject Tests (Will retake Math 2+Lit in Fall)
US History: 800
Math 2: 690
Chemistry: 680

Speech: 11-12 --Varsity Letter, Outstanding Newcomer, Potential Senior Advisory Council member
Student Newspaper: 11-12 --Editor-At-Large Senior year
Awana (Youth group): 9-12 (I've done well with national competitions we have, not sure if it means anything other than devotion to faith)
Church: Run soundboard/PPT/Most tech stuff 9-12
National Honors Society
Math Honors Society
German Honors Society
Attended IL Boys' State
Wheaton North League of Voters: 11-12
Military History Club: 10-12
Congressional Intern: Worked in US Representative's campaign office, logged 200+ hours last year in election year, less this year
Occasional evening receptionist at Evangelical Child and Family Agency
Work: Landscaping with friend, about 15 lawns per week.

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Replies to: Will I make it in?

  • parent57parent57 - Posts: 752 Member
    In those EC's you listed, is there one for which you have a passion and have exhibited leadership qualities? Have you won any awards for any of these activities and can you demonstrate how your participation in the activity has had a significant impact on the organization and other members?

    From your list, it seems like speech (I assume you mean debate) or your student newspaper may be that activity. If you can impress the admissons committee with your EC's, I would think it may be the decisive factor. Of course, your essays and teacher recommendations will also be important.
  • CodySchulzCodySchulz Registered User Posts: 7 New Member

    I feel that's a weakness of mine, as I got into many of these activities later in my high school career. Could you be more specific with what you think they look for in "making an impact"? If you or someone you know on CC has extensive knowledge/experience with regards to writing app essays, that'd be greatly appreciated.

    Anyone else have an opinion?
  • hannahj65hannahj65 Registered User Posts: 197 Junior Member
    I just spoke with an adcom there and they really are striving for a specific type of person. She said that 50% of the application is leadership. They don't want to see a laundry list of ec's because that shows that they spread themselves too thin. They want kids that are involved with one, maybe two clubs, and heavily involved. They want to see the kind of impact that student had on the club which is demonstrated with teacher recomendations
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