I'm new at CC and am looking for help on getting started with my college list. I love Brown and Wesleyan, however they are both HUGE reaches. I'm looking for matches, safeties, and possibly some more reaches.
Something to note: I missed a lot of school sophomore year due to hospitilizations for my OCD and depression. My school operates on a quarter system for grades and I will be receiving incompletes, which will not count towards my GPA, for the second and fourth quarters. I will be taking a gap year before I enter college so that I can complete missed credits. I'm worried about whether colleges will look down on that.
But anyway, I would love suggestions for what colleges to look at! Here are my stats (just so you can guess what might be a safety, a target, or a reach):
White female living in Massachusetts. I'm a rising junior at a very small therapeutic private school.
GPA: 3.92 UW. I took 3 honors courses as a freshman, 4 as a sophomore, and will most likely be taking 4 as a junior. My school does not offer APs but I am hoping to do extra work in English and/or History next year so I can take the exams. I also am considering self studying psychology.
I took the PSATs last October and scored 1140 out of 1520 (640 Reading and Writing, 500 Math). I am not pleased with these results. However, the math test was designed for someone who had taken a year more of math than I had at the time. I also had not recieved extra time, which I will qualify for on future tests due to my ADHD and anxiety. I am not trying to excuse my poor score, but hopefully I will do better when I take the SAT or ACT.
Freshmen Representative on Student Council (9), Co-Council Events Coordinator (10), will run for VP next year but who knows how that'll turn out
School Dance Troupe (9, 10, most likely 11 & 12)
Acting in community youth theatre (9, 10, most likely 11 & 12)
Voice lessons and musical theater class- (9, 10, most likely 11 & 12)
I enjoy writing and entered some of my work into writing contests in 10th grade. I have not won anything but I plan to keep submitting writing for competitions and publishing opportunities in 11th and 12th grades.
I will spend this summer working for a youth program at a nonprofit hunger relief organization
I volunteer at a local food pantry and at a women's shelter
Raised over $1000 for The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention in a Facebook fundraiser
Raised money for and participated in the Walk for Hunger
Now for what I'm looking for in a college.
Location: my parents don't want me travelling too far from home, so colleges must be in the Northeast
Tuition: shouldn't be too much of a problem. I will save up money from my job to help contribute, but my parents are willing to pay my tuition
Intended major: Hoping to double major in English or Comparative Literature and Sociology. May potentially minor in theatre or education
Size: my high school is TINY so going to a huge college might be too much of a shift. I'm okay with a somewhat large student population, as long as the average class size is small and there is a sense of community.
Other things to note:
I am very passionate about social justice and would like to be involved with activism in college. I also want a diverse student body in terms of ethnicity, race, socioeconomic background, international students, the LGBTQ community, etc.
As you probably already figured out, I will need mental health support in order to succeed at college!
I'm not too picky in terms of rural, suburban, or urban location.
I have been very involved in theatre since elementary school and am hoping to continue participating.
That's all I can think of.
Thank you so much!