So I am struggeling to decide which school to apply to early and was wondering what my chances look like.
Demographics: Female, Hispanic, Massachusetts, public school, upper class
Intended Major: Philosophy
SAT/ACT: Tests got cancelled but have signed up for October test. Based on repeated practice tests, I am expecting a 35.
Subject Tests: These also got cancelled because of COVID but I did sign up for October as well. Im expecting somewhere between 780 and 800 for both Spanish and Math 2.
AP's: My school only lets Juniors take one AP. I took AP Lang and got a 4. Next year I am taking AP Literature, AP Calculus BC, AP Physics, and AP Spanish.
Courses: I have taken all Honors expect History until 12th grade where I am also taking Honors Ethics for History. I took a bunch of business and engineering classes which my school awards Enginneering and Business certifercates for.
Awards: 2 time National Spanish medal winner (one gold and one bronze)
Placed in top six at district DECA competition and placed in top 15 at State competition.
I came in third for a speech contests in sophomore year at my school.
Extracurriculars: 3 season varsity athlete: cross country, indoor track, and outdoor track. 2019-2020 indoor season went particularly well, won MA D1 State relays and won Bay State League Title. (I am probably good enough to walk on a D1 team but not get recruited).
Volunteering for my city's Big Brother Big Sister program for two years. I mentored a young girl with a developmental disability.
Interned in MA Senate and Congressional campaigns.
Co-President of Spanish Literature and Film Club
Co-President and Co-Founder of schools Red Cross Club
Business Club (DECA)
I also created a fundraiser my freshman year to bring abandoned street dogs from Puerto Rico to the United States for adoption. By my junior year I raised enough and brought 5 dogs to the U.S.
Common App Essay: 10 I wrote about an exptemly personal and unique experience. As a result of this I skipped a grade coming into high school. I discuss the challenges of dealing with this experience along with skipping a grade and my newfound maturity that came with it.
Supplements: 9 I feel pretty good about them but not as confident as I am with my Common App Essay. I am a pretty good writer and enjoy english so these were pretty fun for me.
Recs: 9 I chose my AP Lang and Math teacher because those were my two strongest subjects. I am also closer to these two teachers in comparison to my other options. I am also planning on getting my boss in my senate campaign internship to write one. He knows me really well and this internship was and has been a big part of my life.
For some more context on my connections to the schools:
Columbia: Legacy, mother has undergrad degree from there.
Harvard: My mother got Masters and PhD there. Has worked there ever since. First in the college and she later moved to the extension school where she now works part time.
I am in no means a standout applicant but I was wondering how my connections to the schools my help my chances. Also I am struggling to decide which might make more sense strategically to apply early to.
Let me know what you think about either of these. Thank you!