This is a bit long. If you don't feel like reading all this, just skip down to the bottom where it says "The Problem" in bold
*NOTE*: for juniors interested in applying, the website is usc.edu/rhs
Who knows, we might end up being buddies if both accepted
Earlier in the fall, I got a brochure and call from USC saying that they were "impressed" with my academic record and PSAT score and invited me to apply a year early for the Resident Honors program, which is basically an early entrance opportunity.
I am currently a junior, and being accepted would mean that I would attend USC without graduating high school and without senior year.
Asian-american from a good high school in the Northeast. School has an average SAT of ~2000, all average SAT II scores are above 700.
I have a 3.3 unweighted and am in the top decile.
I believe that I have a solid extracurricular record with several leadership positions. I don't have pages upon pages of ECs, but have several that I am committed and passionate about.
I also have two different documented learning disabilities, but I feel that the fact that I can still maintain decent grades is an attestation to my work ethic and independence (I don't consider B's, especially in hard classes, to be bad!).
Can get decent teacher recommendations, but probably not amazingly fantastic. I don't think the guidance counselor particularly likes me very much, though... she's always having to attend "meetings" with special education teachers for my disabilities. However, I am not involved in special education, the opportunity "is just there should I ever need it." I am independent and don't really see myself as having disabilities and would much prefer to think of myself as a normal kid.
I have not taken my SATs yet (RHP applicants are required to take the SATs with the latest test date as December 12th). My sophomore PSAT is a 210 without studying, and after studying for the PSAT as a junior, I feel like my score has improved.
I am capable of paying the full tuition without any FA. (All RHP students automatically get Deans merit scholarships, I'm excited about that!)
But the problem is:
On the website it mentions:
you will need:
* A high High School GPA with few grades lower than an A-
* Evidence of the high level of maturity necessary for entering college
On my transcript, there are a lot of B's. My current GPA is a 3.3 unweighted. Junior year, though, I am taking the most rigorous courses possible and am making almost all A's.
Also, I skipped a few grades. This means that if I am accepted, I will be going to USC at the age of 15. I also don't think that 15 reflects a "mature" age, but I really do think that I'm the most composed person I know (aka far from being a drama queen). My life motto is literally "get over it," so I don't brood. People describe is as friendly, but "unemotional" in the sense that I believe logos comes before pathos.
Do you have any advice/comments for me? Any wisdom is appreciated and will be stored in my book of wisdom