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Just Want to Know Where I Am

collegeready33collegeready33 Registered User Posts: 258 Junior Member
Hey guys! I just wanted to know where I am, and if there are some things I can do before its too late as I am a highschool sophomore and I know that I still have time to change my trajectory. I'm interested in schools like Penn, Columbia, Vanderbilt, Duke and Cornell and I know those schools are nearly impossible to get in.

I am interested in going into STEM so either computer science or engineering
Unfortunately, I don't have any standardized testing as I plan to take those later on this year. I hope to get a 34 on my ACT and over a 1500 on my SAT, but I know there is no guarantee on that.

GPA: 3.9
Race: African-American and I'm trilingual
1. Varsity Tennis
2. Founder Website for Women interested in STEM. Planning to expand on this and provide resources for people
3. Staff editor for scientific website
4. Marketing Intern at a law firm
5. Piano for 13 years
6. Teacher's assistant at my church's little kid program
7. Head of a diversity committee at my school, I plan assemblies and organize fundraisers
8. Programmer? Would I be able to put that down? I like to code a lot during my free time.
9. Varsity Speech and Debate, one of the team heads, and also a mentor at a local middle school
10. Track but I'm not sure if I'm going to do it next year
11. This is tentative but I might become an intern at a tech company!!

Do you think I have a chance with the path that I'm going in or should I add or change some activities. Thank you for your time!
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Replies to: Just Want to Know Where I Am

  • Colaboy82Colaboy82 Registered User Posts: 95 Junior Member
    edited April 2
    You definitely have a chance and are on track. You seem to be doing tons of ecs and a lot match your STEM focus but maybe focus more on your STEM extracurriculars. For programming, maybe make an app, website, or any other way to demonstrate your programming knowledge. Make sure to also take SAT 2 subject tests because some of your schools require it. You also have that URM hook which is very helpful.

    Just to give you other options, why not also try for GeorgiaTech or UMich. Both have great engineering and CS departments. Arguably, better departments than the schools that you listed.
  • collegeready33collegeready33 Registered User Posts: 258 Junior Member
    @Colaboy82 thank you for the advice! I forgot to mention it but I plan on taking Sat Chem and math 2 subject tests.
  • holahiholahi Registered User Posts: 30 Junior Member
    I agree with @Colaboy82 you should focus on STEM ECs and develop a spike instead of doing extra things that won't help in your apps nearly as much.
  • collegeready33collegeready33 Registered User Posts: 258 Junior Member
    @holahi thank you!! Im definitely going to work on my STEM ecs but I don’t think I’m going to take off any of my non STEM ecs, because they are activities I enjoy doing.
  • holahiholahi Registered User Posts: 30 Junior Member
    edited April 2
    @collegeready33 Yeah it's up to you as long as you show passion, enjoy your activities, and have genuine interest and not have what they call "generic" extracurriculars, you should be fine.
  • collegeready33collegeready33 Registered User Posts: 258 Junior Member
    @holahi thanks again!!
  • bopperbopper Forum Champion CWRU Posts: 11,519 Forum Champion
    I disagree...don't solely focus on STEM ECs. You have many already. You also show leadership. You are doing great for a sophomore!
  • collegeready33collegeready33 Registered User Posts: 258 Junior Member
    @bopper thank you! Do you think I have a STEM spike that is evident enough or should I develop it more?
  • bopperbopper Forum Champion CWRU Posts: 11,519 Forum Champion
    Evident enough! Be able to express yourself as a STEM person is great and Debate will help with that.
  • collegeready33collegeready33 Registered User Posts: 258 Junior Member
    @bopper Thank you again!
  • hsstudent13hsstudent13 Registered User Posts: 106 Junior Member
    Wow, I'm obviously not an admissions officer (I'm a sophomore too lol) but I'm impressed! I don't know a lot about programming, but if you could make an app/website, it would give schools an example of your work and what you're capable of. For engineering especially, but CS too (I think?), math is really important, and engineering schools look for top scoring students on the SAT (think at least 750). Again, i know almost nothing about competitive math, but it might be another thing for you to look into on the side. I think you're really impressive though, great job! (:
  • bopperbopper Forum Champion CWRU Posts: 11,519 Forum Champion
    I do alumni interviews and your level of ECs is what we expect of a junior
  • collegeready33collegeready33 Registered User Posts: 258 Junior Member
    @hsstudent13 thank you! I plan to take the hardest math classes available in my school so hopefully that goes well!
    @bopper thank you for your kind words!
  • collegeready33collegeready33 Registered User Posts: 258 Junior Member
  • collegeready33collegeready33 Registered User Posts: 258 Junior Member
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