Hi,I am an international student.
I am very interested in applying to American universities and I have been researching the application process for some time,I feel quite comfortable with most aspects,but I am unsure about EC's. As they are not quite the same in my country. The amount of school clubs and such that I read about people doing on here,most of which don't even exist in my home country. Musical instrument lessons through school still have to be paid for,I'm not sure if that is the case in the U.S or if most people on here are paritcularly wealthy.
As I have been looking at my credentials,I really feel as though my EC's,or lack there of,let me down. I feel fine on the academic side of things. And so I wondered if I had any way to apply with extenuating circumstances and if you think I am in a position to do so.
I come from an incredibly poor family,I mean poor too. I also never had a stable home life,always moving house being homeless a few times and having to live with relatives or in B&B's abusive father,you get the picture. I missed all of high school and
taught myself the grades 7-11 from books and then went to what I think would be the equivalent of a community college in the U.S to get GCSEs and then a different college for Alevels. My family never had money for clubs and the things I may have been able to do in school I never could because I was homeschooled,sort of. I have a few things that may be considered EC's,I taught myself a language using the library resources and have had a job for a few years to help out with my family. Between that,studying and volunteering in a care home and what I have to do at home to help out I really didn't have time to be in a debate club or something.
Thank you for reading that,I'm sorry if it isn't too clear what I'm asking,I just want to know if you think in my circumstances what I have is enough to get in,bearing in my that with my circumstances I only have a shot at attending top Colleges because of the amount of aid I will need.
I love Chemistry and would be hoping to major in that if it makes any difference.