OK so here is the deal. I know there is no sure way into the Ivy League and that a lot of smart people are turned away. I'm just looking for ideas to increase my chances of getting in with stuff I can work on now. I am a freshman at a small high school in CA, that only offers 4 AP classes: APWH, APUSH, AP English Lit and AP English Language. I Intend to self-study the rest of the AP social studies courses over my high school years, since that's where my interests lie. I am not at all worried about grades or tests because I love school and learning and I have never had trouble in that area. Here is my first question. #1. Do the Admissions office take in account that I don't have any chance to take more difficult classes like these? #2 I have read that Ivy League schools like when you have accomplished something important, but all their examples were in STEM study areas where as I love Social studies. Can Liberal arts people make an accomplishment without resources (Money)? I have also read that what you do in the summer is important, #3. Is this true, and #4. Again what can I do, when I have no money and there are no job's or internships, ( Trust me, I look everyday) and THE only college in the county does not offer summer courses? My glimmer of hope is that I am in the semi-finals for an NSLI-Y scholarship ( Critical Language study abroad program in Turkey) for this summer. My next question has to do with extracurricular's, which again I hear are important and again, not a lot of opportunity to shine at my school. I am not a music or sports person, so again, my mind went back to academics, and I plan to start an AP club, for people to group study AP's that are not covered at my school, and also theater, for its another passion. #5 does starting a club count for anything? ( And I not doing this just to look good on an application, its something I want to do) OK I know I am laying a lot on you guys, just got a one more. #6 Do you guys have any idea of where else I can go to ask questions, because I cant talk to my college counselor, because she is against going to 4 year colleges. REALLY!?. So these are my many and main challenging questions and would appreciate any insight or answers to these questions.
PS: After writing this I realize this is why mainly rich people do this. I'm out-sourced unless I'm a genius!