Race: Jewish/White (at a catholic school)
Location: Los Angeles, CA
GPA: 3.5 (unweighted), 3.9 (weighted)/projected: 3.7 (uw), 4.1 (w) - Upward trend/harder classes each year.
Class Rank: Top 20%
SAT: 2120 (CR-720, WR-720, M-680) (I am retaking the SAT in October)
SAT II: US Hist-790, Lit-680
AP Scores: US Hist-5, English Lang-5
Senior Course Load: AP Stats, AP Bio, AP Lit, AP Gov, Honors Econ, Psychology
Teacher Recs: Confident that they will be impressive, as well as a very personal letter from my camp director who has seen me grow and mature since age 8.
-President & Founder of Psychology Club (2) - Invite guest speakers to talk to us regarding different psych topics like operant conditioning, addiction, neuroses, etc.
-President of Environmental Club (2) - Worked closely with Heal the Bay (I volunteer there) to 'adopt a beach' and help our school make eco-conscious decisions.
-Vice President Sailing Club (2) - Teach the basics of sailing to those who are interested
-"Class Captain" For AP Gov. - Lead class & help develop study strategies and lessons
-Speaker at Heal the Bay (2) - only teenager among 40 adults; lead monthly beach clean ups; educate youth and adults about environmental conservation. (Featured on school News)
-Listener at Teen Line, a National Youth Crisis Line (2) (300+ hours) - 60 Hours of intensive training, 40 additional hours of observing phone calls, required to pass 15 'role-play' calls (failed 0); required to attend monthly seminars re: child abuse, rape, suicide, pregnancy, etc.
-CIMI - Marine Bio-intensive camp located on Catalina Island (10) - Sailing for 10 years, SCUBA for 5, island ecology research, leadership, etc.
-Accepted to be a Youth Ambassador for Under Sea Voyager Project (nonprofit) this coming spring, where I will be working with world-renowned marine biologists on a research submarine.
-Therapy (6) - this may sound out of place but it has tremendously influenced perspective, my integrity, and my career goals.
-Varsity Soccer (2)
-Member of the International Knot-Tying Association (3)
-Worked at a summer camp for kids with asbergers, autism, etc. (2)
-One-On-One Outreach (6) - Grass Roots organization that feeds low income families
-Boys U6 AYSO Soccer Coach (3)
-Master Mariner Award (Sailing) given at CIMI (aforementioned) - Demonstrated outstanding technical ability as well as sportsmanship and leadership (Number 1 sailor in camp)
-Multiple 1st and 2nd place awards in Laser, 420, and Catamaran Regattas (CIMI)
-Awarded full-ride merit scholarship to attend CIMI this year from the Anthony Dunne & Anne Cerami Foundation for a short documentary I created denoting the importance of the ocean and its effect on the psyche (With Heal the Bay)
-Before I joined Heal the Bay, I wanted them to speak to the enviro club at my school; however, my school didn't have the room or time, so i set up a makeshift screen at my house and had 40 people sit in my backyard to hear the presentation, i then created a mailing list which I still use to this day to recruit people to come help out at our monthly beach cleanups.
-I have had artwork featured at MOCA Teen Night
-Poetry Featured at Barnes & Noble
-I took the initiative in 11th grade to find out that I have severe ADHD and anxiety, which, i discovered, have impeded my academic success for my entire life. (I consider this a personal achievement because I have gained an immense sense of self-awareness and insight in the process)
If I'm great at one thing, its writing from the heart. I fell in love with the brown supp. as soon as I read it over the summer, and I believe I have some really passionate, unique, witty, charming, authentic essays.
*I know for a fact that I want to major in Psych./Cognitive Sci. with a possible double in environmental studies, and I have already demonstrated interest in the school and requested to sit in on an entry level psych class. I feel that my EC's and accomplishments reflect my passions, and I feel like an authentic human being on paper. I am, however, absolutely terrified that they won't take the time to consider my essays, EC's, and achievements because my GPA doesn't necessarily fit the mold of the cookie-cutter, boot-licking Ivy Applicant.