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Andover Chances URGENT!!!!! CHANCE ME PLEASEE!!! I'M BEGGING YOU!!

jessrulzjessrulz Registered User Posts: 10 New Member
edited December 2010 in Prep School Chances
BASIC INFO:
-Currently attending a boarding school (high school) as a 9th grader
-Female Asian: Korean American (born in the US)
-Very mature, open-minded, sociable, responsible, and VERY hard-working
-Will be applying for Financial Aid
-Applying to Phillips Andover (First Choice), Phillips Exeter, St. Paul's School, Hotchkiss, Choate, Groton, Deerfield, Middlesex, Milton, Lawrenceville, Peddie, Blair, Loomis Chaffee

INTERNATIONAL BACKGROUND:
-lived in 4 different countries: USA, Korea, Indonesia, and China
-Fluent in 4 languages (close to native): English (first language), Korean (first language), Chinese, and French
-Proficient in Spanish and Russian
-Have experiences in previously studying Arabic, Japanese, Latin and Indonesian
-Very adaptable to different culture and environment (studied in 8 different schools since 1st grade, mostly in different countries)
-Attended schools with different curriculums and language of instruction including Chinese, French, English, and Russian
-Attended the High School Affiliated to Renmin University in China, known as the best Middle/High School in China (if that helps) during 9th grade (last year of Middle School in China)

GRADES:
I will post my 8th & 9th grade grades as soon as possible, but here are my grades I received from my current boarding school so far.
(I'm still a 9th grader since 9th grade is the last year of Middle School in China.)

Midterm:
Spanish I: A+ 4.3
AP French: A 4.7 (AP courses get 2 bumps)
Adv. Alg. and Trig.: B+ 3.3
Biology: B+ 3.3
World Civilizations: B- 2.7
Freshman English A- 3.7
Overall GPA: 3.67 (Dean's List Honors: above 3.3)

Fall Term:
Spanish I: A+ 4.3
AP French: A- 4.3
Adv. Alg. and Trig. A 4.0
Biology: B 3.0
World Civilizations: A- 3.7 (I worked REALLY hard to go from a B- to an A-)
Freshman English B+ 3.3
Overall GPA: 3.77 (Dean's List High Honors: above 3.7)

So basically my GPA improved a little. This transaction wasn't so easy since I never spoke English at school since 2nd grade. But I worked pretty hard. I am pretty confident I can bring my GPA to a 4.0 during my winter term. (I think I'll have enough time to send out my winter mid-terms before the application deadline.)

HOBBIES AND INTERESTS:
-Erhu, Chinese Violin (Very dedicated), reached level 8 (out of 10) and won the first place in a national competition
-Chinese Calligraphy: won the first place in national competitions twice
-I am also a PADI-certified Open Water Diver (but haven't been scuba diving in a while)
-I also won the 3rd prize in a bilingual (Chinese and English) speech contest on saving water (if that helps)

EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES:
-International Club
-Photography Club (will be taking a photography trip to New York soon)
-Model United Nations (will be attending a conference at Princeton University in December, this is my first time in Model UN)
-Improvisation Club (Secretary)
-School Choir (Alto)
-School Orchestra (Erhu, Chinese violin)
-JV Basketball (1st year)
-I will also be starting a Chinese club this term. I was thinking about arranging student exchange with the High School Affiliated to Renmin University in China (my previous school), and also arrange periodic lectures and presentations on Chinese culture, language, and history, in cooperation with some of the Chinese students at my school.

COMMUNITY SERVICE:
-During the Tsunami disaster in Banda Aceh, Indonesia, I helped send food and clothing to the disaster zone in the US air base.
-During the Beijing Olympic Games in 2008, I volunteered as a bilingual tour guide and was named an Advanced Individual for Active Participation in the Olympic Activities
-During the summer in which I just graduated from the High School Affiliated to Renmin University of China, I volunteered and worked with students and teachers to organize the ceremony of out 60th anniversary.
-I assisted in after-school math labs at a Middle School every week.
-I do peer tutoring for: Math, French, Spanish, and Russian (basically all the modern languages my school offers).

SSAT SCORES:
I will be taking the SSATs this December, and am pretty confident I can get in the 90th percentile.

FUTURE DREAMS:
-Start an international school chain that gives less fortunate children who can't pay for school the opportunity to study, have better lives, and contribute more to the society.

Chance me please!! And if there's any advice or tips that might be useful, I would really appreciate it if you can just leave a comment!

PS: 1. I'm kinna nervous about my interview, what are all the potential questions? (I'll be having my first interview (Exeter) in December)
2. I have only known my teachers for 2 months, and I don't know what my recommendations will be like (the only thing I'm REALLY worried about). However, I can get superb recommendations from my teachers from last year (but they only speak Chinese, so I might have to translate them).
3. I don't know which school should be my safety. I'm thinking Lawrenceville, Blair, Loomis Chaffee. What are my chances? Is this an appropriate choice?

Thanks a lot!!
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Replies to: Andover Chances URGENT!!!!! CHANCE ME PLEASEE!!! I'M BEGGING YOU!!

  • jessrulzjessrulz Registered User Posts: 10 New Member
    btw, I'm applying for 10th grade
  • scales1994scales1994 - Posts: 1,122 Senior Member
    Only Andover?
  • jessrulzjessrulz Registered User Posts: 10 New Member
    I will be applying to Phillips Andover (First Choice), Phillips Exeter, St. Paul's School for sure. And also Hotchkiss, Choate, Groton, Deerfield, Middlesex, Milton, Lawrenceville, Peddie, Blair, Loomis Chaffee, but I still have to choose.
  • scales1994scales1994 - Posts: 1,122 Senior Member
    Andover and Exeter are my top choices :D You're stats are awesome the only thing is that you're completing with a bunch of other asians with similar stats so your Essays need to be pretty killer.
  • jessrulzjessrulz Registered User Posts: 10 New Member
    Good luck!! Where else are you applying? Did you do any interviews yet?
  • scales1994scales1994 - Posts: 1,122 Senior Member
    I'm also applying to The Hotchkiss School and The Asheville School. I've already done the Exeter and Hotchkiss interview and they went great :D
  • jessrulzjessrulz Registered User Posts: 10 New Member
    What kind of questions did they ask?
  • limabeanslimabeans Registered User Posts: 4,753 Senior Member
    Andover Chances URGENT!!!!! CHANCE ME PLEASEE!!! I'M BEGGING YOU!!
    Relax already, will you? You'll get into a school. Worse thing throughout this process is to be super anxious.
  • jessrulzjessrulz Registered User Posts: 10 New Member
    I guess, I'm just really worried mostly because I don't know what my recommendations will be like since I spent only 2 months with my teachers... (I just transferred)
  • limabeanslimabeans Registered User Posts: 4,753 Senior Member
    Interviews: tell me about yourself.
    Why do you want to go to XXX school?
    What kind of activities interest you?
    What do you think you'd like to study (in college and beyond).
    Tell me about the time you XXXX.
  • jessrulzjessrulz Registered User Posts: 10 New Member
    btw, CHANCE MEE
  • jessrulzjessrulz Registered User Posts: 10 New Member
    Tell me about the time you XXXX?

    Also, I heard they also ask questions such as, what is your favorite book? Is that true? What other questions do they ask?

    and what do you think my chances are? based on this
  • pepperjkepepperjke Registered User Posts: 24 New Member
    I've been to about 5 interviews so far and the questions are all really different. Some that they might ask you are: What is your greatest achievement? What are three words that you would use to describe yourself? How did you become interested in independent schools? How does your diversity help and what can you bring to the school? Why do you want to switch boarding schools (assuming it's not a junior boarding school)?
    The best advice is to be yourself and don't be nervous. Interviews only matter if you do really bad or really good on them. After all, the information that you tell them will be on your application.
    Your chances for Andover are probably pretty high assuming that you don't bomb your ssats and your essays. You seem like a student that they'd be interested in.
  • olkowski1331olkowski1331 Registered User Posts: 5 New Member
    wow you have quite the credentials. They will love how many languages you know; every school wants a culturally aware student. You should get in. Chance me if you get the time.
  • SnapePotterSnapePotter - Posts: 381 Member
    you're the slight amplification of me. but sadly for you I am more unique :D because I'm not in Asia
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