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Chances and Things to Do to Improve Them

devoteddevoted Registered User Posts: 71 Junior Member
edited June 2008 in Columbia University
I have major strengths and weaknesses, so I'm wondering how they look overall to get into Columbia. And what I can honestly do to make it look better.

Career Choice: Health/Medical Journalism, majoring in undergraduate journalism

Rank: Top 3%, or 51 out of around 1300 in a highly competitive high school

GPA: 4.108, weighted, and definitely expected to go up by next transcript

AP expected to have by end of high school (haven't received any exam scores yet:
AP Bio
AP English III
AP English IIII
AP Spanish
AP Macroeconomics
AP Government

SAT (first one):
Math 780
Reading: 660
Writing: 700

Expected to take SAT again and 3 subject tests. Also plan to take ACT with Writing.

Essay Writing
2 years of high school art
Life experiences- traveled to several countries, lived in 3
Speak fluent Bengali, and Swedish, hopefully Spanish soon from school also
Part-time job through school year
I give amazing interviews (if I get the chance)

No offices held
No volunteering outside of NHS (all 4 years)
No sports since middle school

Plans for Senior Year:
I get out of school around 1:00 everyday, so volunteering outside of school every weak

Overall, I feel like I'm VERY borderline...
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Replies to: Chances and Things to Do to Improve Them

  • DenzeraDenzera Registered User Posts: 3,371 Senior Member
    If you want to work in journalism you need to show that it's a passion for yourself. Join the student newspaper. Intern part-time at your local town newspaper. Find journalism contests online or anything else that can show that you're good at writing, and participate. Put yourself on the line a whole lot - you've only got 6 months to make an impact.
  • devoteddevoted Registered User Posts: 71 Junior Member
    Thanks, I most definitely will. I've won several short fiction and poetry contests and I recently got an offer to write an article for a magazine around a big natioal convention (15,000+ people attending) and I'm always looking for new opportunities.
  • daphnechen93daphnechen93 Registered User Posts: 18 New Member
    Does Columbia give a major in journalism for undergrads?
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