Hi guys! I'm in 8th chinese grade girl, ORM (Over Represented Minority) SO MANY ASIANS APPLYING AND SO LITTLE ACCEPTED!!!! GAH, and I'm applying for the top boarding schools (Andover, lawrenceville, exeter, etc.) and all the schools in TSAO. If I apply to Lawrenceville, then I'll be applying as day. The rest are all boarding. I go to one of the best public schools in New Jersey. BTW, it's pretty long but don't be scared away!
All A's. I take advanced math (our school has 3 math levels, I'm at the highest. We're doing Algebra 2) but I got straight B's in math in 6th grade with the rest all A's. I got 2 B's in math in 7th and 2 B's in science and the rest all A's. 8th grade is all A's so far... and hopefully forever.... I know, my grades definitely could be better. Thinking about them makes me depressed
SSAT: Didn't take it (going to tho in Oct. SO CLOSE!). Here's my practice test results:
Reading: 775 (got 1 wrong... so about? idk)
Verbal: 740 (oof. not good, i know)
Total: 2306 (not so good...)
EC's (Extracurricular Activities)
I do debate. I'm internationally ranked in Capitol Debate (one of the best debaters there). My partner and I are both pretty good. I got 2nd place in JV Capitol Debate camp against high school kids. I'm thinking about doing Lincoln-Douglass debate this year and going to Princeton for the competition.
I did Chinese debate too. My team and I got 3rd and then 1st place.
I'm student council vice president this year. Last year I was our team representative.
I'm good at writing. Scenario Writing State Competition 3rd place in 6th grade (grades 4-6) and 7th place in 7th grade (grades 7-9). A national writing contest top 3. Scholastic Honorable Mention.
I'm in yearbook club
I'm in the newspaper club.
I'm the President of our school's community service club
I play squash (my ranking disappeared since I didn't attend tournaments due to family reasons) Highest rating: 2.83 (I got some penalties from missing some games so that dragged my rating down a lot)
I tutor kids with mental illnesses starting from last year and continuing.
I play piano but I only have some first and second place awards in state/regional competitions.
I also paint people. My paintings are pretty good I guess. I got Celebrating Art high merit (top 25% of pieces) for 2 years. I'm thinking in sending some in for my application.
I was in my school's relations club.
I'm doing our school's morning broadcasting show (kind of like Good Morning America but we make everything happen, like cameras, anchors)
I did theater camp for 2 years.
I have work experience. I taught at a company in China during my 6th grade summer.
I did a marketing internship at a company in China this summer.
I did pet sitting for some locals.
I advertised for people to vote for Board of Education member for 3 years.
I play the clarinet in band (1st/2nd chair)
I did FPS (future problem solving) in 6th grade and got 4th place with my team.
I used to dance and got 1st with my team in regional/state competitions
I did leadership training camp in 2016 and I went to Leadership Training Conference (only 2 people from my school, including me, were selected to go)
I played the clarinet for a senior house and hosted a BINGO event for them for 2 years
I have a pretty bubbly and optimistic personality. I have really strong leadership skills and I like to help others. No interviews or essays or recommendation letters yet. I will not need financial aid and I do not have legacy.
I REALLY REALLY want to get in. I know being accepted is one of the best opportunities you can get!
What are my chances? Also, any tips on the Verbal section of the SSAT? Thanks for reading this and please give me an honest opinion!