-Currently attending a boarding school (high school) as a 9th grader
-Female Asian: Korean American (born in the US)
-Very mature, open-minded, sociable, responsible, and VERY hard-working
-Will be applying for Financial Aid
-Applying to Phillips Andover (First Choice), Phillips Exeter, St. Paul's School, Hotchkiss, Choate, Groton, Deerfield, Middlesex, Milton, Lawrenceville, Peddie, Blair, Loomis Chaffee
-lived in 4 different countries: USA, Korea, Indonesia, and China
-Fluent in 4 languages (close to native): English (first language), Korean (first language), Chinese, and French
-Proficient in Spanish and Russian
-Have experiences in previously studying Arabic, Japanese, Latin and Indonesian
-Very adaptable to different culture and environment (studied in 8 different schools since 1st grade, mostly in different countries)
-Attended schools with different curriculums and language of instruction including Chinese, French, English, and Russian
-Attended the High School Affiliated to Renmin University in China, known as the best Middle/High School in China (if that helps) during 9th grade (last year of Middle School in China)
I will post my 8th & 9th grade grades as soon as possible, but here are my grades I received from my current boarding school so far.
(I'm still a 9th grader since 9th grade is the last year of Middle School in China.)
Spanish I: A+ 4.3
AP French: A 4.7 (AP courses get 2 bumps)
Adv. Alg. and Trig.: B+ 3.3
Biology: B+ 3.3
World Civilizations: B- 2.7
Freshman English A- 3.7
Overall GPA: 3.67 (Dean's List Honors: above 3.3)
Spanish I: A+ 4.3
AP French: A- 4.3
Adv. Alg. and Trig. A 4.0
Biology: B 3.0
World Civilizations: A- 3.7 (I worked REALLY hard to go from a B- to an A-)
Freshman English B+ 3.3
Overall GPA: 3.77 (Dean's List High Honors: above 3.7)
So basically my GPA improved a little. This transaction wasn't so easy since I never spoke English at school since 2nd grade. But I worked pretty hard. I am pretty confident I can bring my GPA to a 4.0 during my winter term. (I think I'll have enough time to send out my winter mid-terms before the application deadline.)
HOBBIES AND INTERESTS:
-Erhu, Chinese Violin (Very dedicated), reached level 8 (out of 10) and won the first place in a national competition
-Chinese Calligraphy: won the first place in national competitions twice
-I am also a PADI-certified Open Water Diver (but haven't been scuba diving in a while)
-I also won the 3rd prize in a bilingual (Chinese and English) speech contest on saving water (if that helps)
-Photography Club (will be taking a photography trip to New York soon)
-Model United Nations (will be attending a conference at Princeton University in December, this is my first time in Model UN)
-Improvisation Club (Secretary)
-School Choir (Alto)
-School Orchestra (Erhu, Chinese violin)
-JV Basketball (1st year)
-I will also be starting a Chinese club this term. I was thinking about arranging student exchange with the High School Affiliated to Renmin University in China (my previous school), and also arrange periodic lectures and presentations on Chinese culture, language, and history, in cooperation with some of the Chinese students at my school.
-During the Tsunami disaster in Banda Aceh, Indonesia, I helped send food and clothing to the disaster zone in the US air base.
-During the Beijing Olympic Games in 2008, I volunteered as a bilingual tour guide and was named an Advanced Individual for Active Participation in the Olympic Activities
-During the summer in which I just graduated from the High School Affiliated to Renmin University of China, I volunteered and worked with students and teachers to organize the ceremony of out 60th anniversary.
-I assisted in after-school math labs at a Middle School every week.
-I do peer tutoring for: Math, French, Spanish, and Russian (basically all the modern languages my school offers).
I will be taking the SSATs this December, and am pretty confident I can get in the 90th percentile.
-Start an international school chain that gives less fortunate children who can't pay for school the opportunity to study, have better lives, and contribute more to the society.
Chance me please!! And if there's any advice or tips that might be useful, I would really appreciate it if you can just leave a comment!
PS: 1. I'm kinna nervous about my interview, what are all the potential questions? (I'll be having my first interview (Exeter) in December)
2. I have only known my teachers for 2 months, and I don't know what my recommendations will be like (the only thing I'm REALLY worried about). However, I can get superb recommendations from my teachers from last year (but they only speak Chinese, so I might have to translate them).
3. I don't know which school should be my safety. I'm thinking Lawrenceville, Blair, Loomis Chaffee. What are my chances? Is this an appropriate choice?