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  • ab2002ab2002 606 replies46 threads Member
    Remember that CC is kind of unrealistic. Not to sound snobby, but most of the kids on here are the smartest kids in the country. You don’t need to fit the mold for CC. Just look at admissions stats. Most kids on here skyrocket for the schools they’re applying to.
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  • ps1kdps1kd 150 replies7 threads Junior Member
    @ab2002 I agree. The kids on this forum are highly motivated and goal oriented for sure. Most kids know a little about the college app process but only very basic info. For example a lot of us have or are going on college tours already. When I toured Brown, they were very surprised to see a sophmore on a visit.
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  • nick3162nick3162 219 replies35 threads Junior Member
    Anyone else here planning on majoring in computer science?
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  • ps1kdps1kd 150 replies7 threads Junior Member
    @collegeready33 I wouldn’t be concerned about dropping admission rates. In reality, it’s easier to get into a top college. The number of students who attend these students is growing faster than the number who want to apply to these schools. While it is harder to get into one dream school, it is easier than before to get into one of your top choices. The reason why admission rates are dropping is because colleges want to drop them so that they can rise in the rankings. The rise in the rankings attracts more donations and more qualified students who want to apply. These more qualified students then make more money and donate more money and it becomes a cycle. For example Johns Hopkins in my opinion is overrated. It’s place in the rankings is largely due to its low acceptance rates. Lower ranked schools are better schools than hopkins but are not regarded as highly because their acceptance rates are higher and they are farther down the rankings for example brown or Georgetown. Colleges are able to make it seem harder to get in because nowadays, kids are applying to more schools. Ten years ago 5 to 10 schools might be an average number of applications while there are people regularly applying to 20+ today which means they can deny the extra applications that students send just to see if they can win the lottery. In addition, colleges accept more of their students through early decision. At top colleges such as the ivies, 35-55 percent of the class is admitted early. This allows colleges to reject more people during regular decision because half of the spots are already taken since the people admitted in early decision are forced to attend the college.

    PS Sorry for making this a master’s thesis, I just wanted to clear up the misconception.
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  • collegeready33collegeready33 316 replies9 threads Member
    @Max147 Oh ok thanks that makes sense!
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  • nick3162nick3162 219 replies35 threads Junior Member
    @Max147

    Great resource that goes along with what you're saying: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=le2dkeYnEzA
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  • excovererexcoverer 660 replies31 threads Member
    @nick3162 I am not, but one of my best friends is! My dad also majored in it in college, and he is a computer programmer.

    @HS student If you really do not wish to take AP Lit, it's fine to not do it even if everyone else on CC is. There is nothing wrong with signing up for Honors English or Speech if you're not ready for AP Lit. You can also take AP Lang next year, right? If you can, I wouldn't stress about it too much. While it's nice to have both Lang and Lit, one is perfectly fine. In fact, neither of them are required if you're going into STEM, which seems to be your case. Best of luck.

    Have a good day!
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  • ab2002ab2002 606 replies46 threads Member
    Guys, these new statistics are making me nervous. These schools are cracking down more than ever. What if what is good now is “okay” when we apply? I just want to get into a top 30 school, that’s all! :(
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  • sputniiksputniik 92 replies10 threads Junior Member
    edited March 2018
    here's my (to be) schedule for next year!:

    -- ap calculus bc
    -- honors french 10
    -- ap us history
    -- ap physics
    -- american protest, ethics (for english stuff)
    -- java
    -- (hopefully if i can fit it in my schedule) ap chemistry
    -- drawing 3+4
    -- ... gym lmao
    edited March 2018
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  • sputniiksputniik 92 replies10 threads Junior Member
    edited March 2018
    @ab2002 don't worry !! ngl what u said before is true on how CC has unrealistic student expectations -- not everyone does 3281904 aps and gets 800 on every sat subject test they take and that's perfectly fine (in fact, it's the pecentile that matters more than the number).

    selective colleges of course look for students with good grades, good standardized test scores, good participation in extracurriculars and what not, but people on here sometimes overdo it. i would say if you *are* very worried though, you should participate more in extracurriculars regarding your interests (very important!) and start focusing more on your studies and your passions especially -- but we're still young and that's okay. everyone will be fine.
    edited March 2018
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  • excovererexcoverer 660 replies31 threads Member
    @ab2002 I am on the same page, and statistics are scaring me, especially because Brown is my dream school. If you ever need to chat, feel free to write to me. I will try my best to respond.

    @sputniik has great advice! Thanks for the advice by the way! Many people on here and I appreciate that! By the way, great schedule! It looks very challenging, best of luck!

    Have a good day!
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  • ps1kdps1kd 150 replies7 threads Junior Member
    @ab2002 read my essay a few comments above yours
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  • collegeready33collegeready33 316 replies9 threads Member
    For those who celebrate Happy Easter!
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  • sherpasherpa 4798 replies96 threads Senior Member
    For everyone, regardless of their belief system, happy first Sunday after the first full moon following the vernal equinox. The days are getting longer, spring has sprung, and it is a time of awakening.

    For those so inclined, let the Pagan orgies begin!
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  • ab2002ab2002 606 replies46 threads Member
    I’m Christian, so nah.... @sherpa
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  • ps1kdps1kd 150 replies7 threads Junior Member
    @anthonytheboy read my essay, a few comments before yours. It explains why the statistics are misleading.
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  • excovererexcoverer 660 replies31 threads Member
    @Max147 I did, which was why I pointed out that statistics aren't everything. However, thanks for the essay, anyway! I realized I forgot to thank you for the essay in my original comment.

    Happy late Easter (or First Sunday after the First Full Moon following Vernal Equinox), you all!

    Have a good day!
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  • goneawaygoneaway 72 replies6 threads Junior Member
    Thoughts on my schedule?
    AP Lang
    American Gov/Econ
    Spanish 4 (my school doesn't do honors foreign language)
    Magnet Program: Honors PreCalc
    Magnet Program: Interdisciplinary Studies 3
    Magnet Program: Honors Physics

    I am still unsure about my schedule because of the magnet program, my schedule is tight at my homeschool and I was wondering if I should stop Spanish and take AP Psychology next year and Student Council/Leadership or whatever the school calls it senior year. Another concern is that I am wondering if I should take AP Government in the future when they stated it will be a more hard curriculum in the future with now the highest grade being a B- with 3 hours of studying.
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  • goneawaygoneaway 72 replies6 threads Junior Member
    #1094 when decisions on whether a student was accepted or rejected come out from the Ivy Leagues
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  • ForebodingForeboding 115 replies9 threads Junior Member
    A B won't make a difference.
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