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Special case : student coming from another country

steven02steven02 7 replies11 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
So, I came from Egypt right before my junior year. I was prudent in terms of course selection to give myself some time to adapt a new system. While School in Egypt is much harder, My coursework in my junior year was so easy by any standards
My coursework was the following
U.S history
Pre calculus
Ap biology
Ceramics (2nd semester)
P.E (1st and 2nd semester
Health (1st semester)
English literature
I have taken SAT and I scored 1400 (by superscoring)
I intend to take 3-5 AP classes next year
Is coming from Egypt in this age would be an advantage for me even though my junior year wasn’t that hard ? Is it ok if I write about the challenges I faced ? Would that be an advantage ?
I want to get into university of Washington Seattle
Thanks !
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  • collegemom3717collegemom3717 6723 replies57 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    I'm confused. In some posts you say that you are a senior now, and in others you say that you are a junior- which is it?
    And in a serieis of Jan/Feb posts you say you have a 1300 SAT, another a 1400 SAT and in another you ask how the real test compares to practice tests.

    If you are a senior, then your application is already in, so you don't need any 'chancing'- you just need to be patient.

    Coming from Egypt (or any other country) is not an advantage.
    If you are an international student (not a citizen or green card holder) that is a disadvantage.

    fwiw, part of the reason your "junior" year was partly easy b/c you only took 4 core academic classes- the usual load is 5.

    Having faced challenges is not an advantage. Being able to write well about how you handled the challenge and how that relates to who you are now / the choices you are making now *can* make for a good admissions essay. Essays that just tell the story of the challenge don't generally help. Admissions committees see a lot of truly exceptional / impressive / heart-rending / heroic / tragic stories.

    Assuming that you are a 2nd semester senior, and assuming that your US GPA (3 semesters -2 Junior year and 1 Senior year) is a 4.0 (b/c it was "so easy"), then you look like a reasonable candidate for UWa-S.

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  • MYOS1634MYOS1634 41887 replies451 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    Are you a resident of Washington? Are you a permanent resident or a citizen?
    What exact classes are you planning to take (it's not so much the number of classes as the subjects).
    How did you do in IGCSE's?
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