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Chance Me Please, Very Much Appreciated

chexmachinechexmachine 1 replies2 threads New Member
edited June 2011 in Columbia University
Hey guys, so I'm new here, and I've been looking through these forums for a bit and it seems like everyone with one of these threads is an extremely tough applicant. I can really see why acceptance rates in Ivy's are so low lol. But I'm a junior atm, and I'm trying to decide whether or not to apply ED to Columbia.

SAT I: 2370 (800 CR, 800 M, 770 W)
SAT II: 780 Math II, 740 Chemistry, 740 Biology (Kinda low, should I retake?)
GPA U: 4.0
GPA W: 4.71
Rank: Not ranked, but around top 2%
High School is top 25 in CA
APs: Literature, APUSH, Euro, Bio, Literature, Gov (Next year), Music Theory (Next Year), Language (Next year), Economy (Next Year), Calculus B (Next Year)
5s on most of my AP tests so far

Extra Curriculars:
Volunteered over 100 hours for my regional Congressman
Numerous events for National Honor Society
Co-captain of Congress for Speech/Debate
School orchestra Concertmaster (1st chair) throughout high school
Violin (9 years): I study at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music every saturday for private lessons and musicianship classes (Spend around 9 hours in SFCM every week for past three years)
Member of San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra (YO of international acclaim, We're touring Germany next year)
I got up to CM level 9 before I quit doing CM

Awards:
CMTANC violin competition 2nd place, 1st place Chinese music category
Same competition, Honorable mention (last year)
VOCE CA state music competition, 1st place in regional division
HS Director's award (1 per class)
HS Most Valuable Junior Award (1 per class)
Speech/Debate SCU CA invitational top 10
Speech/Debate Berkeley invitational Semi-finalist
S/D national qualifiers finalist (Almost made it to nationals)
Northern California, CLTAC Chinese speech competition 1st place

What I'm really passionate about is music, and I'm hoping to emphasize spending 9 hours each week in SF taking classes, lessons, and 4 hours of orchestral rehearsal every Saturday. I ended up giving up speech/debate for orchestra, as they conflicted on Saturdays. Although my ECs/Leadership are slightly weaker,
I'm hoping to make up for that by making a cd/portfolio of my music to send along with my application.

I'm also hoping to apply for Julliard and maybe do C/J Dual program.

Really appreciate it guys
edited June 2011
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  • collegeftwcollegeftw 532 replies10 threads Member
    Just for the record, you're an upcoming senior right? I'm assuming you are haha.

    1) Great scores, your academics are set (if you do want to work on something, however, SAT II's could be brought higher, but it doesn't look like a big issue)

    2)Ec's are great, keep it up and there is definitely a trend going with music and debate.

    Good luck!

    Oh, btw haha, to answer your question, I think at this point if your recs are above average and reinforce your high standing as a scholar, and if your essay is above average and do stand out in some way, I think you will be admitted (for ED anyway :D)
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  • chexmachinechexmachine 1 replies2 threads New Member
    Wow, thanks for the fast reply!
    Yea, I kind of slacked a bit on my SAT IIs, I'm a pretty lazy person :P. I'm not quite familiar with writing college essays, but next years AP Language class makes writing your college essays an assignment, so hopefully I'll be getting some help from a teacher.
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  • joso2015joso2015 193 replies2 threads Junior Member
    your test scores are fine, they don't need to be any higher
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  • FrenchTitanicFrenchTitanic 16 replies1 threads New Member
    Your scores are phenomenal! Good work, you have a broad profile, and you have great talents! Something that might be rewarding for you would be to start a charity that offers free music lessons to inner-city youth.

    Good luck! Julliard is a fabulous arts school. :)
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  • mrunderdogmrunderdog 499 replies33 threads- Member
    Strong chances
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