I applied to Grinnell via the Common Application two hours before the deadline. After that anticlimax I was left pondering some painful questions: might I get in, even though Grinnell is a reach for me? Do I even have a chance when Ivy-level applicants are using Grinnell as a safety school? Will my lack of AP classes break me? Will my unusual situation get me in?
RANK: School doesn't rank
AWARDS: Biology Award - Best Student (school), Creative Writing Award - Best Student(school), Creative Communications Poetry Contest (national), Carpe Librum Poetry Contest (regional)
EXTRACURRICULARS: Giving speeches at autism conferences, school literary magazine, diversity club, creative writing club, gay-straight alliance
COMMON APP ESSAY: An eloquent, serious one about growing up with/triumphing over an autism specrum disorder (that's the "unusual situation")
SUPPLEMENT ESSAY: Let's just say that I'm proud of it
RECS: Two different English teachers who consider me extraordinary, one guidance counselor who's willing to talk about how much adversity I've faced