So, basically I am a rising high school junior and I am beginning to form a *very rough* college list due to my guidance counselor's suggestions. As of now, it consists of all reaches and one match/safety. I am trying very very very hard to search for more colleges that would be good matches/safeties, but I just keep getting caught up in that "ivy league mindset" rather than being realistic with myself.
To preface, I have a big interest in medicine & biology. Like, I would actually stay up till 2am re-reading my biology textbook for fun during my freshman year. I have been back and forth between the sciences and the humanities (which is a very broad term), but recent events have assured to me that science is my thing. However, you will probably see by just scrolling down that my extracurriculars show no evidence of this interest. I am also a big orchestra kid (hence my cringe-y usernamne)
Back to the point, heres my "list" of schools even though it is so early in the game
High High High Reaches
- Harvard, Yale, Brown, UPenn, Amherst, Williams, Tufts, Boston College
- UMass Amherst
- Honors Bio (A+)
- Honors English 9 (A-)
- Honors World History II (A)
- Honors Spanish II (A)
- Algebra 1 (A+)
- Geometry (A+)
- Honors Orchestra (A+)
- Honors Chemistry (A)
- Honors English 10 (A)
- Pre-AP US History I (A)
- Honors Spanish III (A+)
- Honors Algebra II (A)
- Honors Orchestra (A+)
Next year I plan on taking (w/ predicted grades) -- some classes are light-work at my school
- AP Physics I (A)
- AP English 11 (A/A-)
- AP US History II (A+)
- AP Spanish IV (A+)
- Honors Precalculus/Trig. (A+)
- Honors Orchestra (A+)
(Might self study AP Stats)
Senior Year (could change drastically)
- AP Biology
- AP English 12
- AP Psychology
- AP Spanish V
- AP Calculus AB
- Honors Orchestra
I am ranked somewhere in the top 5 out of ~235 in my class, but after next year I will hopefully bump up a few spots. I have around a 4.6 weighted out of possible 4.8. Apparently I am a part of the most competitive class in my school's history so ya. The PSAT went well, but I am more concerned about the SAT. I'll be taking my first test in October after chicken-ing out and not completing the August exam registration. My goal is to get 1400+ with Khan Academy prep (if possible) and work my way up to above a 1500 by senior year.
In May I will take the APUSH exam, AP Physics 1 exam, AP Lit exam, and AP Stats if I actually self study (if I'm not lazy). I am aiming for a 5, 4 (but that's not humanly possible), 5, 4-5 respectively.
I do the usual stuff outside of school. Nothing that crazy, but my interests are definitely all over the place
- Celtic Strings: despite our name, we play a wide variety of selections, from holiday music to normal chamber music (we book "gigs" year-round).
- Honors Orchestra: have been cello section leader ever since 5th grade. (Music is basically half of my life). We perform in state competitions and but sadly have a silver medal streak.
-Community Chamber and Youth Orchestra: one is with late-aged adults. The other is with a group of middle-high school kids. We got gold at a small-ensemble state competition this spring.
- I was a member of my junior district orchestra (auditioned) from 7-9th grade. This year I was accepted into the senior district orchestra and got a recommendation for all-state. My orchestra conductor hopes that by senior year I will make all-eastern.
- My friend from the group below has convinced me to join my school's math team, but I am still unsure about it. I like math and all, but I'd rather focus on my other commitments.
- Global Citizenship Program: its's an application based program at my school where we are required to take certain classes, work on a global project, and travel abroad. By senior year or even next year, I hope to be president. I hope to make a big impact through this program. I am working on a project with my town's superintendent of schools rn.
- Global Nomads Group: this was a year-long project I worked on for the GCP I mentioned previously. We worked with a school in Jordan and focused on breaking stereotypes for people from the Middle East. We looked at how the media has made an impact on this and presented it publicly to the town.
- I'm starting to volunteer at a local hospital and I am just about to go to a week-long "camp" there to shadow. I am also interested in working in some sort of lab, but I feel like no lab worker would want a high school-er there to mess things up. I am debating whether or not to start contacting places.
- Varsity Swimming and Diving: I started on the team in 9th grade, but have been diving since 4th grade or so through an AAU program. I went to sectionals/state for diving and a medley relay and placed very well. Hope to continue this and I have a shot at being a captain. Placed 1st for diving at regional meets and won a few coaches awards.
- Finally, I am in NHS, and Spanish Honors Society. As of recently, have totalled 5 orchestra awards, two spanish award, and a bio award/thing for being a "top" student.
Since this was so long, here are my questions again
1) What would be relatively good "match" and "safety" schools with excellent pre-med resouces? (based on my stats)
2) How does one aquire a lab position in high school? Does volunteering @ a hospital during high school mean doing nothing for 4 hours?
3) How can I put a "spike" in my extracurriculars?
Big thanks to anyone who got this far. Any opinions would be great