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I'm deeply interested in corporate structure, building and managing teams to accomplish goals, investment, and entrepreneurial efforts in general. Growing up poor has pushed me to love the idea of making money, and has led to a lot of thought to how much it can influence a person's life. I've focused a lot of my time to further my business centered club because of this.
I don't know what schools to apply to, and I really don't know what I'm doing. I'm a first-generation college student and my parents wouldn't offer me any help anyway because of our soured relationship. I feel out of place and kind of crushed by the idea that I'm so lost when my friends and peers are getting help from their families about this college stuff.
I would love to go to a competitive and renowned undergraduate business program like Stern, Wharton, Booth, Haas, Ross, or Tepper but I don't know how realistic any of that is for me.
For context, I am a relatively poor Junior in high school hailing from Middletown, New York. I'm half Filipino, half white but I identified as Pacific Islander on college board and SCOIR (Philippines is an 'island in the pacific', not sure if I'm allowed to phrase it that way though - hoping to capitalize on the fact that many schools have a lack of Pacific Islander representation). I earned full aid to attend The Lawrenceville School in New Jersey and earned around a B average there over my three years so far. For the most part, I've been unsupported in my effort to gain a higher education which I think I could expound on in my essays, but I'm entirely uncertain if it's worth the application fee for me to even try to get into the schools that I listed. My toxic home environment affects me deeply, which is one of the reasons why I wanted to go to a boarding high school in the first place.
I'm taking Honors stats this year, which is the only honors course I have taken. I'm also taking pre-calculus AB, a US history course, my third year of Latin, and the mandatory fourth form ELA class. The courses I started with my freshman year were of a much lower caliber than most of my peers since my public middle school didn't offer the higher math courses and such that my peers were offered at their schools. I've done better empirically in my math and English courses than my language and history courses over my time here. I'm planning on taking the AP Stats, AP ELA, and SAT Subject Math 2 tests. I have taken the PSAT and received 1270 (out of 1520). I have taken a practice ACT test and got a 27 on my own time. I'm going to take the next ACT test that is available and hope to improve to at least a 32 (i don't have an official score set yet).
I've made some great successes in my business-related extracurriculars at Lawrenceville - creating my own entrepreneurial centered club and leading a dedicated following for the projects that I came up with over my time here. We have held a fundraiser for a cancer hospital selling bubble tea, we even brought in a speaker (Mark Tatum) to help the teams my club formed to compete in Delaware's Diamond challenge, and we are currently holding an all-school virtual design challenge with a Harvard professor judge and another Lawrenceville alumni entrepreneur. I'm currently trying to create a business as an extension of the club I made to host similar competitions but make it into sort of a league platform with a more head to head approach to these design challenges and earn money through entry fees. I was hoping to market this to my school as well as other similarly ranked boarding schools - I think if I talk to the right people I could make it happen which could give colleges an idea of where my head is in terms of interest in money-making pursuits.
I am also the head editor of a publication but that doesn't really help with getting into business undergraduate schools. Aside from that, I've volunteered my time consistently over the last two years. I did a few projects during my freshman year, but during my sophomore summer, I traveled to Africa to do community service there for 3 weeks which was quite fun and fulfilling. In my junior year, I traveled to the local preschool near Trenton and spend time with the children there every Tuesday for two terms.
I don't know how much of an insight this gives you into my interests and situation but It's a start. I'm nervous that my subpar performance in school compared to my A-graded rich peers will be huge competition for me in my effort to get into a top school. I also received a disciplinary mark on my transcript for possession of Marijuana, something I used to cope with my home and academic stresses.
I was hoping maybe someone on the internet could offer some insight that I couldn't get otherwise. Not sure if this is the right sub but I'm looking for advice of any kind and some guidance to possible majors and schools I should consider. Thank you for reading