I hate blaming luck on anything. It would help resolve my feelings if I knew something concrete that kept me from my dream colleges. I feel not only horrible for not getting in, but I also feel bad that I am feeling bad, since I still got into good colleges, just not exemplary colleges. If possible, please give me your feedback; please do not comment if you are going to say it's a crapshoot or it's chance.
Rejected from H, Y, P, Penn CAS & Vagelos LSM, Columbia College (legacy), Brown (waitlisted)
Previously: rejected from S; accepted to USC, UCLA (OOS), UCB (OOS), Vanderbilt, Rice, Duke
SAT 2280 (790M/720CR/770W)
SATII 800 MathII, 800 Chem, 780 Bio
AP 5 - Chem, Bio, USH, Eng Lang
Competitive HS: Several HYPSM and other ivy/top10ish acceptances
Yearbook 9, 10, 11, 12 (Editor-in-Chief x2, Student Life Editor, CSPA Gold Medal)
Red Cross 10, 11, 12 (Co-President, Webmaster)
Asian Club 12 (founding officer, Publicity Chairman)
Volunteer @ highly ranked medical school
JETS 11, 12 (TEAMS, Science Olympiad)
web service creator (2 million hits/month, 200GB/month)
AP Art (sent art supplement)
*insert applicable honor societies*
Rice University Summer School x2
Rhodes College Summer Writing Institute x1
USNCO Honors (top 100 in nation)
Science Olympiad Regionals (1st Physics, 2nd Ecology)
TEAMS Regionals (1st)
VASE Regionals (2x Gold, advanced to state)
National Merit Finalist (now a Scholar, but wasn't in app)
Obviously not incredible. I would not say bad...
I don't feel these were stellar.
I definitely tried to spin my profile to be not another Asian male interested in science. (thus the art aspect, and the internet/entrepreneurial aspect)
In my eyes, I see myself more and more as a mediocre applicant. In my school environment, I feel pretty unique, but apparently I am not, and some people I thought were kind of bleh in that aspect were accepted. Honestly, I was shocked at Brown a bit... my hopes were kind of up but not extremely up due to the 20% increase in applicants. I guess I thought I was a student of Ivy-quality, but now I am realizing that I'm not (not that it's a bad thing, but I'm coming to reality instead of living in a fantasy world).