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Updated emory chance thread

tyrtletyrtle Registered User Posts: 375 Member
edited August 2013 in Emory University


I am a track athlete and currently met with both the Tulane and Emory coaches. Tulane really wants me to compete for them, and Emory is excited as well but not crazy. As of now, I’ve been emailing steadily with both coaches and I’m leaning towards Emory, although Tulane still wants me a bit more simply because it is D1 and they are more competitive.

As far as the schools I'm applying to:
Tulane: Visited/ Met and toured campus with coach
Emory: Visited/Met and toured campus with coach- leaning towards this
Miami: Visited

I just got surgery on my back on August 9th. I had a herniated disc the ENTIRE year, and it drastically affected my life, from depression, to insomnia, to 20 full school days missed from not being able to walk or sit at times. (20 school days is an entire month missed…to put it in perspective).

So, I will have a bunch more time to focus on my grades as opposed to the last year. I really wanted to make a comeback after my sophomore year, and while my grades did improve, they didn't improve as much as I wanted them to because of my time constraints, obviously. And considering I didn't get my operation done in the school year so I could still compete in the spring, most of my time was centered around just being able to sleep and walk without a considerable amount of pain. If I didn't compete this spring I wouldn't be able to compete in college, so I kind of had to sacrifice a lot of my life just for that.

So, basic stats are currently as follows:

Intended Major: I want to earn a BA in something concerning Biology, along with a BBA in finance or economics.
  • Weighted GPA: 3.8
  • Unweighted (school doesn't calculate): 3.3-3.4ish for up until junior year, probably 3.5+ senior year.
  • Bio SAT II from Freshman year: 720
  • PSAT: 207
  • First SAT in June (horrible test conditions): 2020, aiming for 2150+ in october
  • ACT: Not taken, first diagnostic test was a 32 with no prep though.

  • Track and Field (Varsity 2 years): 9,11,12
    --recruited athlete
  • Winter Track: 9
  • Cross country: 10
  • wrestling: 10

  • GSA: 9,10,11,12
  • Japan Club: 9,10
  • Art Club: 9
    –Leadership Roles:
  • Mobile Apps Development: 10, 11, 12 (President 11 and 12)
  • All School Musical: 10, 11, 12 (House manger next year)
  • Student Senate (Delegate): 12
  • Future Doctors of America (Co-Founder/Co-President): 12
    -working together with the school's red cross club for fundraisers and the 5k.
  • College Guidance Club (Founder/President) 12
  • Helped organize our school’s first 5k for the Red Cross Club, helped organize/run our third 5k as well.

Out of school awards/activities:
  • Intern at St. Vincent's Hospital Westchester, 100 hours
  • Awarded 2nd Place at the NJIT Dean's Design Competition in 2012.
  • Full Scholarship to NJIT’s Summer Architecture Program 2012
  • 120+ Hours spent in the Art Studio during my junior year @ Cooper Art Academy
  • Recently created/own/run a fitness forum with 130+ members (and growing! @ Fitlit.boards.net)
  • Run a youtube channel, with 10,500 total views, with videos of my training and advice for other people going through with a similar injury. I will be uploading music stuff soon with a friend.
  • Ironwood Throwing Camp, Summer of 2013
    --note about this. I trained with several Olympians and one of them is close friends with the Tulane coach. This is why he wants me pretty badly.
  • Spend 10-14 hours a week during the school year babysitting my younger brother (8 years old)
  • Japanese student exchange program member 2012
  • Speak, read, and write Russian fluently.
  • Speak, read, and write Japanese proficiently.

Letters of recommendation:
Probably going to be decent to good, my supplemental ones are very good.

  • Letter from 9th grade Bio teacher (stayed very close with her, consistently discussed medicine with her after school)
  • Letter from Plastic Surgeon
  • Potential letter from Floyd Mayweather Jr (Yes, I do know him personally. I have trained with him before)
  • Letter from Duncan Atwood, former US Olympian (got to know him very well at my training camp)

Near-future activities
  • Programming an iPhone app that helps people, of all ages and skill levels, to properly construct a training/nutrition program simply by inputting their goals, strengths and weaknesses, and time available to train.
  • Currently working on closing a business deal on a website I have. This is big and you’ll be hearing about it within the next 1-2 years. While in college I honestly don’t doubt I’ll be racking in some serious revenue from it, so it’s quite the venture.
  • Recently proposed a new GPA system scale that will be instituted in the coming school years

I'm quite a good writer, they are going to be pretty sick. No worry about that.

Freshman schedule:
Honors Biology 1: A-
Honors World Civilizations: B
Honors English 1: B
Plane Geometry: B
Japanese 1: A-
Tech/Arch Design 1: A
Invention and Innovation (Engineering Course): A
Phys Ed: A

Sophomore schedule:
Chemistry 1: B+
Honors US History 1: B-
Honors English 2: B-
Algebra 2: B+
Honors Japanese 2: B
Tech/Arch Design 2: A
Phys Ed: A

Junior Schedule:
Honors Physics: B-
AP US History: B+
English 3: B+
Trigonometry/Advanced Math: B
Honors Japanese 3: B+
Tech/Arch Design 3: A-
Phys Ed: A

As you can see, even my elective (tech/arch design) grade dropped as a result of my lack of time during last year.

Senior Schedule + Expected grades:
AP Studio Art: A
AP Bio: A- (I'm very good with bio)
AP Statistics: A- - A
Calculus: A
Humanities: A
Personal financial literacy: A
Phys Ed: A
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Replies to: Updated emory chance thread

  • swimmer24swimmer24 Registered User Posts: 51 Junior Member
    Alright if you're a recruited athlete there's is more leeway on admissions. Check with the coach if they have any influence in admission that could make up for you're less than stellar gpa.
  • tyrtletyrtle Registered User Posts: 375 Member
    Yeah, I spoke with him and he used a comparison of "if you are between buying two cars, but I tell you the first one is really nice, which one are you gonna buy?" Obviously using me as the comparison to the really nice car. So he will have influence that could make up for the low gpa.
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