To start off with an intro: I primarily wanted to do something with medicine or computers because that's where the money is at, but many of my family members and friends warned me not to focus on something just for the dollar signs, and they are right. I can't see myself drawing blood or typing endless hours of code just to earn more zeros in my paycheck. Hospitality is something I've always adored quite honestly, I say hospitality at school and people say it's a dumb degree. But heck with that, I want to do something I love and would enjoy for the rest of my life...
Back to the real reason why I'm posting. I would like to attend Cornell's SHA.
Male, Georgia, Hispanic,
My GPA is currently a 4.36 (school adds +1 for AP/IB/DE, but nothing for honors). Unweighted is a 3.95 (One B).
AP: Human Geography, World History, U.S. History, English Language,
IB: French HL Year One, Spanish HL Year One, Math Studies SL, Biology HL Year One,
Honors: 10th Grade Lit, 9th Grade Lit, Biology, Chemistry, Accelerated A & B Math,
"Regular": French 1, 2, 3, Spanish 1, 2, 3, Precalculus, Government (Half Semester)
AP: Spanish Language, French Language, Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, AP Calculus AB,
IB: Biology HL Year Two,
DE: Composition II, Intro to Psychology (Summer Class), Intro to Sociology (Summer Class),
Regular: Chinese I
ACT: 32 (February) - Retaking in June and aiming for a 34.
SAT II: Taking Math 1 and Biology E in June
* My mom was diagnosed with cancer during winter break, so I've been managing two vacation homes (one for a friend of my mom's) in Florida (we would sell it, but it's worth less than the mortgage) on behalf of her on AirBnb & HomeAway. I book reservations for all guests, organize maintenance schedules, pay bills, deal with complaints, etc.. My father doesn't know how to use a computer (he's old school), so it's my responsibility. My mom insists to pay me, but I do it to support our family.
* I was a tutor for kids in Elementary at a local franchise for a period of five months (center closed in January).
* I run a concession stand in the south of Atlanta with my brother seasonally, usually just 4 days a year.
* I'm not sure if this counts, but I do have a YouTube channel where I make room tours of the cruises I go on with my grandmother.
I will get a job soon at a restaurant or a store, hopefully, and I'm going to inquire about shadowing at some of the local hotels. I was actually going to work at Old Navy starting in January, but I had to quit before my training to take care of my mom.
I think that fact that I take two languages and taking both AP French and AP Spanish next year shows something about me? I'm half Cuban, but I never really learned Spanish, so I started all the way from Spanish 1. I do have reading/listening advantages, I just couldn't grasp talking when I was little. I'm improving day by day. I have a 98 in IB French Year One surprisingly, but a 91 in IB Spanish Year Two.
One of our family friends went to Cornell and he said he would write me a letter of recommendation, but I don't know if that really means anything.
My income is shot right now as both of my parents are not working and it won't be returning ever. My mom brought most of the dough into our family, but now we get 40% of her income in disability checks and my dad makes about 20% in disability checks. We have savings, but I don't really know what we are going to do anymore. My FAFSA will definitely not show our income levels, so I will definitely have to appeal and file special circumstances (anyone have experience) My mom was moved to hospice this past week, so I'm trying to get my college plans worked out. I want to give a her a plan of my future before she passes. I really want to make my mom proud.
I know this a lot to ask of anyone on this board, but does anyone have any tips to improve my future application (besides ACT scores)? Or do I really have a chance to get in.