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I haven't seen a thread for any MHC Early Decision II '18 applicants, so I thought I'd create one for us!
I studied at the Berklee College of Music for a semester in Spring '13, but my sponsor had to pull out; which meant I was on the first plane back to London after finals in May. All was not lost, as one of my favourite teachers at Berklee forwarded me some information about some fantastic liberal arts colleges that offer FinAid to international students. Although music is my ultimate passion, I've always been a person interested in many things. I think an LAC would be perfect for someone like me.
I'd like to concentrate in Music and Africana Studies, as well as English and perhaps Political Science. Who knows, I may even take a dance class or two (I danced up until the age of 15, why not take a nostalgic trip down memory lane).
The only thing that worries me is I need pretty much FULL FinAid, and I've heard that could potentially be a detriment. However, (I like to think) I wrote stellar essays for my Common App/Writing Supplement, I submitted an Art Supplement, as well as some dance certificates and creative writing. I had straight A*/B's throughout high school, and received straight A*s in GCSE, bar a B in Math. -_- I was leader of my school choir. I went to a bit of a rough/poor inner city public school, so extracurricular activities weren't really much of a thing, as well as AP. I don't think any UK schools actually participate in AP, although I could be mistaken. I did take a lot of extra classes, though.
I also got two arts (guitar/bass, voice) and two academic (English, Afro-American Culture, History & Music) teachers to each write me a letter of recommendation. Let's hope they wrote great ones! I did a lot of voluntary work for my local youth center and homeless shelter, but didn't mention it in my Common App (oops, doofus). I have a phone interview with a local alum tomorrow, so I will try and squeeze it in. I hope that's enough for them to overlook this aid thing. Come on, help a sister out.
I'd love to hear about any other fellow ED II applicants, whether you're US or international. What's your story? You never know, we could be classmates in the near future.