Hello! I'm a high school senior in Nebraska seriously considering Early Decision to Northwestern. I think I'm a competitive candidate, but I'd like a second (or more than second) opinion.
White Female (straight)
Declaring Neuroscience Major with intention to double major in Neuroscience and Cognitive Science, with a possible minor in music theory (I want to study how music interacts with the brain)
4.0 unweighted GPA, 4.345 weighted GPA
Rigorous schedule with a few discrepancies--I've chosen music and AP science classes over AP History classes (US History or Human Geography), instead electing to take regular US History and World History as online classes in the summer. I intend to defend this choice in the supplemental information section. I also chose music in place of taking French 4 junior year. Music also interferes with both AP Chem and AP Physics, so I've taken neither (my school works on block scheduling making scheduling music kids difficult). Other than those, I've actually run out of honors classes to take at my school.
APs (sophomore and junior year): Biology (4), Language and Composition (5), Psychology (5), Statistics (5)
APs (senior year): Literature, Macroeconomics, Government and Politics, Calculus BC
Science Olympiad: Multiple time state champion, three-time national competitor, officer
Theatre: Many shows cast and crew, known as the "mistress of the mics"
Choir: Three-year member of Varsity Concert Choir and Chamber Choir (select choir of varsity), made Nebraska All-State choir
Band: Mellophone/French Horn Section Leader, three-year member of Varsity Concert Band and Jazz Band. Played in varsity ensembles on five instruments (trumpet, mellophone, french horn, trombone, bari sax)
Math Club: three-year University Math Day competitor
Extracurriculars (outside of school):
Part time job since the summer after sophomore year: I am a waitress at a nursing home and love every minute of it. (apprx. 10-15 hrs/week)
Church leader: Leading sixth-grade girls midweek Bible study, Sunday School leader substitute
Girl Scouts: Until sophomore year? I was a Senior and got my Bronze award...and possibly my Silver. It got confusing toward the end.
ACT super-scoring (which Northwestern does): Composite - 35, English - 36, Math - 34, Reading - 34, Science - 35
SAT (new): 1520, Math - 770, Reading - 750
My essay is about the ways that music helped me when I was going through some serious medical problems. My English teacher loved it so hopefully it's good?
Any feedback, advice, etc. would be appreciated! Thank you.