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Chance Me for ED?

areddy02areddy02 1 replies1 threadsRegistered User New Member
edited September 3 in Duke University
Public Policy
SAT I (breakdown): 1560 (770 M, 790 ER), superscore 1580 (790 M, 790 ER) essay 7,6,8
ACT: 36 on all sections (10 on writing)
SAT II: did not take
Unweighted GPA (out of 4.0): 4.0 UW, 4.57 W
Rank (percentile if rank is unavailable): 25/786
AP (place score in parenthesis): World History (5), Psych (5), Comp Sci Principles (5), APUSH (5), Compgov (5), APES (5), Calc BC (5, AB subscore 5), Lang (5)
IB (place score in parenthesis): School does not offer
Senior Year Course Load: AP Lit, AP Stat, AP Bio, AP Macro, AP Gov, chamber orchestra, hon spanish IV, hon. Math for Social Justice, hon. Western Political Thought
Major Awards (USAMO, Intel etc.): National merit finalist, AP scholar w distinction

Extracurriculars (place leadership in parenthesis):
- Model UN (sec gen/ president)- 3 yrs, won awards at national + international conferences like Duke and Harvard, won best delegation as third year club, planned conferences including travel and expenses
- Framework 4 Future (co-founder, exec. board member)- 4 yrs, nonprofit civic engagement organization recognized by Charlotte city council for service, planned tennis camp for underprivileged kids, organized political forum and invited local officials, etc.
- Varsity swim- 3 years, conference team, regionals team, two time varsity letterman, year round club swim team
- Youth orchestra first violinist- 4 years, all county, all region orchestra
- Tri-m Music Honor Society (secretary)- 30+ hours of community service, in conjunction with musical knights club (secretary)
- Rho Kappa Social Studies Honor Society (vice president)- 2 years: organize volunteer events and forums with local political leaders

Job/Work Experience:
Volunteer/Community service:
100 hours unpaid internship with NC09 Congressional Campaign, helped end a 14 year GOP hold on district
80 hours at Discovery Place Nature- worked with kids at summer camp focusing on ecology and environmental protection
25 hours as a middle school math tutor
25 hours at YMCA day camps
30 hours of various orchestra-related service (ushering for concerts, playing at nursing homes, etc)

Summer Activities: See volunteering, swim practice 4-5 days per week, Honors Constitutional Law class at Georgetown, received A grade, Shelton Leadership Challenge- chosen to speak at graduation, music camp

Common App (9/10) - talks about the concept of pride and dignity as it relates to my cultural background and sexuality
Why Duke (8/10) - fairly standard, about how Duke opportunities like Duke Engage and the location of Duke will allow me to use my passion for social justice and give back to underprivileged in NC
Diversity (9/10) - about the lessons I learned in my upper-middle class suburb with a high Asian population and how that contrasts with my elementary school experience when I lived in a very small, working class white town.

Teacher Recommendation:
AP Lang Teacher: (10/10)- I have a great relationship with him, both in class and outside of it. Often go to his room to hang out after school and just chat. In addition, got a high A in his class and the highest grade he’s ever given on a grad paper. Only issue is he’s a die hard UNC fan, but it doesn’t make a difference w/ the common app.

AP Comp Gov teacher: (9/10)- Super nice guy, very knowledgeable about the class he teaches. I did very well in his class and showed genuine interest every day. He’s also my MUN advisor so I’ve known him for a while and he knows how responsible I am. When I asked for a rec, he said he would be offended if I hadn’t asked him. I’ve read his writing and I’m confident that this rec is great.

Counselor Rec: (7/10) - Okay, each counselor at my school has 200-ish students that they’re in charge of, not much time to get to know her but she’s pretty nice and knows the rigor of my course load


State (if domestic applicant): NC
Intended major(s): Public Policy
School Type: large public (around 3,300)
Ethnicity: Asian
Gender: Female
Income Bracket: 100,000+
Hooks (URM, first generation college, etc.): None
edited September 3
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  • areddy02areddy02 1 replies1 threadsRegistered User New Member
    sorry, class rank was recently updated and I'm now ranked 14th
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  • lookingforwardlookingforward 34153 replies378 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    Seems a number of activities are either with little kids or based in the hs. 100 hours in the congressional internship is good, but isn't long. Can you get involved in an established advocacy project right now? One where you work among adults, on a community need?

    Your background is good, but you'd benefit from cementing it, somehow.
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