Hi! So I am about to start my junior year. I’ve been thinking about college a lot, since before even high school started, but I know I only have about one more year to strengthen my application. There are many mid-level schools like SLU and Loyola Chicago that I am considering, but also more selective schools like UCLA, Northwestern, WashingtonU, etc. I’ve read and heard that often times it is better to have fewer extracurriculars that show genuine interest rather than joining a ton of sports and clubs. Currently, I have done many volunteer hours for peer math tutoring at my school & volunteered at many elementary schools to help out with events. I’m also a peer leader at my school for freshmen, and help organize and run our freshman orientation / welcome event, as well as be a peer leader and give advice throughout the school year for them. I also have a summer job as a lifeguard, which has kept me busy in my summers. This school year I plan to also join NHS, and Spanish Club (I love spanish and am doing 4 years of it) as well as try to volunteer at the hospital when I can.
My GPA is currently 4.1 weighted and 3.7 unweighted. My first ACT score was a 28, which I know needs to come way up, but I plan on doing more prep (I had done zero prep and practice prior to my first ACT attempt). I’m enrolled in these classes for junior year, if relevant.
AP English Language
Spanish 3 HONORS
AP US Gov (S1) / AP Psych (S2)
I took AP US History my sophomore year already, and earned an A both semesters with a 4 on the AP exam (that’s why I am taking Gov & Psych rather than US History).
Taking all this in, how does my application shape up thus far? And most importantly, what advice does anyone have as to how I can strengthen it my junior year!