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I need your input!!

whitneybenningwhitneybenning 112 replies24 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
edited September 2010 in Columbia University
Hi, I am a grade 12 student from Canada, and I'm not exactly sure if I am in over my head or not in applying to the Ivy League (especially coming from Canada). I was wondering if anyone could give me some feedback on where I stand. I am looking to apply to harvard, yale, columbia, princeton, dartmouth, northwestern and of course schools in canada too. Any input is appreciated! Thanks

Country: Canada
Grade: 12
School: Public, no IB, and only one AP class (which i am currently taking)
Course load: I am taking the hardest courses available at my school
GPA: The average of my compulsory courses last semester was 97.6.
SO: 4.0 (unweighted), 4.75 (weighted)
SAT I: Taking in October, but judging by my practice tests I can achieve a 2200+ (I hope!)
SAT II: Taking in November, but I am taking Biology M, Chemistry and one of the Maths (haven't decided which one yet)
ACT: not taking
Rank: 1/220
Essays: If I work really hard, they can be decent
Intended Major: biology/chemistry/physics/psychology/neuroscience- i eventually want to go into medicine

Extra curricular:
-Ballet since I was 3, including RAD exams. I dance about 5 times a week
-Classical Piano since I was 6, including exams, and I have been
competing in the local music festival since I was little, and have done
well in it. (a few firsts, a couple of seconds here and there)
-I have been tutoring a 5th grader in math for 2 years
-I was the lead in my schools production of Annie, and was a dancer in
last years musical
-I am currently the lead role in my school's production of The Sound Of Music
-I did clerical work for the at my mom's office for some of the doctors
(she is a family physician)
-Some of my writing has been published in my school's creative writing
-This summer I worked as a hostess at a restaurant in the Sheraton, got to meet people from all over the world.
-I am a member of the synchrotron club at my school, where we research and do an experiment at the Canadian Light Source Synchrotron
-I am also an "Ambassador" of my school and work closely with international students

Teacher recommendations: I think they will be pretty good, I am very involved in class
discussions, and I worked closely with a lot of them in the
musical, so I think they know me pretty well.

Community recommendations: My dance and music teachers have known me since I was
little and can account for my commitment and work ethic

Hobbies/interests: I am very interested in the sciences and all, but outside of school I
love to cook, read, play music, write music, listen to music etc. And
I am not one of those kids with high marks who spend the entire
weekend studying in their rooms. I do have a social life.

Awards: Nothing of importance, just music festival, school awards for academics, performance award for my performance in the musical and I
placed well in some math contests.

Ethnicity: White/ Caucasian
Gender: female
Hook: I don't think this is considered a hook, but I have grown up with a sister who has an
eating disorder, which I believe has made me a stronger person blah blah blah
Other than that, my dad went to cambridge (in the uk) and is a biochemistry prof,
and my mother is a doctor, but again, that is certainly no hook.

Other: I will be the first of my family, and the first from my school to apply to any Ivy, so
my school counselors are of no help to me. I really do not expect great things to

Thanks for taking the time to read this (if you did haha, I wouldn't blame you if you didn't)
I really appreciate it!
edited September 2010
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  • EngineerjwEngineerjw 961 replies175 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    From what it "looks" like, I would say you are not a shoo in anywhere (although almost nobody is), but are definitely a good enough applicant for any of those schools. Not sub-par at all. All that you have left at this point are essays I suppose. Good luck!
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