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Chances? (updated :)

MercurriiMercurrii 151 replies3 threads Junior Member
edited October 2019 in Prep School Chances
Hey guys! I wanted to give this chance thing another shot (lol) since I made my first one THE DAY I got CC and realized how much stuff I did NOT put in there. So let’s begin!

(I copied and altered this form from the 2019 decisions thread don’t come for me)
Applying to- (Not by preference lmao just a list) Exeter, Andover, SPS, L’ville, Hotchkiss, Choate, Peddie, and Hill :)

• SSAT/ISEE/TOEFL/PSAT: 2187 (retesting twice Nov + Dec though)
• Grades: All A’s and ONE 89 last report card (algebra oopsie)
• Other stats: DIstinguished Honour Roll (90+ grades all year) past 2 years

• Interviews: (quick rankings I haven’t had all of them done yet)
Hill-9/10 :D
Hotchkiss 7/10 or 8/10?
I have either had to change my schedule due to retesting/school + haven’t heard back yet or interviews are coming up but not here YET.
• Sports (if any): Tennis and ex-gymnast, interested in Track, Crew, and Field Hockey
• Instruments (if any): Violin (4 years)
• Other ECs (if any):
Student Council.
High school art course
Raised $500 for Human Trafficking
• Hook: I’m not really sure I’m kind of rounded oop.

• State or Country: The Yeehaw State (TX)
• Current School Type: Public (1800 kids help me)
• Ethnicity: Asian
• Gender: Non-Binary (If this wasn’t an option in the form I put female)
• Grade Applying For: 9th (Boarding)
• Age: 13
• Financial Aid/Full Pay: FP :O

If anyone could give feedback that’d be amazing!
edited October 2019
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  • one1ofeachone1ofeach 549 replies13 threads Member
    Is a 2187 around the 90%? (You don't need to retake that if it is. A 90% is not going to make or break).

    You have a solid application and a mix of schools. My guess is you will get into one of them. What I see lacking is the one thing that makes you super unique or very useful to the school. I think this will make the very low acceptance rate schools a long shot.

    You are competing with a lot of kids who got all A's and are well rounded. I have no idea how AO's pick out of that bunch. I think luck has a lot to do with it. You write an essay which really hits home for an AO so you get in.
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  • PrepDad2018PrepDad2018 112 replies1 threads Junior Member
    Agree with @one1ofeach above. Solid for consideration but the ECs do not stand out. Typically a student government/leadership role is helpful because they want you to be engaged with the new class.......Student Council president, NJHS VP, etc. OR something like, USA Track and Field #22 in the nation in the 800m (with a link providing evidence of the claim). OR your art work was displayed at a show of note that would impress the faculty.

    Full pay is helpful though as some of these low acceptance schools pay out aid to roughly 50% of the class, but they still need income from full tuition. So the essay may be key....what stands out for your community engagement or school leadership? Is there an interesting story for the human trafficking effort?

    Certainly you have a chance to get into any of those schools with your current resume, so don't think "we" think you have no shot (and what do we really know). It is just that there will be 500-1000 VERY similar applicants looking to score about 100 seats available, assuming 200 seats go to the class presidents, owners of small businesses, renowned artists and musicians, and national level athletes that also have straight As, high SSATs, and great interviews. (I just made up a 9th grade class of 300)

    You might go 1-1-5 or 5-1-1 for offers. Sadly, the wait to M10 is long and you will never know what went right and what went wrong with your application.

    (I just reread this, not meant to be a downer....you might go 5-1-1! Good luck)
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  • MercurriiMercurrii 151 replies3 threads Junior Member
    @PrepDad2018 @one1ofeach ahhh thanks a lot for the feedback! one small question: what does 1-1-5/5-1-1 stand for? I'm still not informed of all the CC acronyms/abbreviations yet.
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  • CalliemomofgirlsCalliemomofgirls 187 replies10 threads Junior Member
    Mercurrii -- It's not my post but I'll jump in so you aren't confused overnight. :). Pretty sure it's referring to number of admits/WL/rejections. So you could end up with 5-1-1 or 1-1-5 because that's just how competitive it all is.
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  • MercurriiMercurrii 151 replies3 threads Junior Member
    @Calliemomofgirls ohhh okay! thanks a lot for explaining!
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  • PrepDad2018PrepDad2018 112 replies1 threads Junior Member
    @Mercurrii Yes, sorry. Side point, a WL is "nice" but it really means a No. Most of the schools on your list will offer ZERO waitlist seats. If they do have 1 or 2, it is likely they know who they are hoping to fill them.

    It does mean you were considered as a serious candidate, but they can't take 1,000 additional well qualified applicants.
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  • mondaydevilmondaydevil 169 replies9 threads Junior Member
    yo i just realized this but why are you retaking with a 2187 lol that's really good
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  • MercurriiMercurrii 151 replies3 threads Junior Member
    @mondaydevil it's called ~being Asian ~

    FR tho, um? I'm in an over-represented area with some really smart people, and I really don't have a hook so gotta at least prove that I'm smart honey :)
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  • mondaydevilmondaydevil 169 replies9 threads Junior Member
    @Mercurrii I see your point. Can relate 10/10
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  • IntTravellerIntTraveller 25 replies2 threads Junior Member
    @Mercurrii why do you say you are from an 'over represented' area? Texas is not really over represented...compared to East coast or CA.
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  • MercurriiMercurrii 151 replies3 threads Junior Member
    @flowergirl1214 I know this might seem weird but.....Can I get a feedback from you? I'd like to hear advice from someone that got into Exeter. TYYYY ahhh sorry :0

    (also I had my exie interview off campus)
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  • flowergirl1214flowergirl1214 14 replies0 threads New Member
    @Mercurrii Sure! Just tell me what you need feedback on and i'm happy to help!
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  • MercurriiMercurrii 151 replies3 threads Junior Member
    @flowergirl1214 ahhhh TYYY!

    this might be weird but what are your stats?

    also, whats like, your opinion on my app. cuz I've heard you play cello which is like NICE.

    and um so where I'm applying from Exeter held an event right, and everyone applying and all the guest student speakers were all from the same private schools and I was the only one? from a public school? idk is that like common in Exeter? because I'm kinda scared to go against private school kids with perfect resumes ahhhh

    sorry that was....long
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  • ffsophiarffsophiar 147 replies4 threads Junior Member
    So I'm a freshie at Andover and judging from the people I know, you have highhh chances. I see a lot of people saying that you need something unique or exciting, but tbh, lots of people I know are just there because of sports and decent grades, which you definitely have. Just bring a lot of personality to your essays and interviews, and you should be fine!
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  • MercurriiMercurrii 151 replies3 threads Junior Member
    @ffsophiar aHHH great Thank you SO MUCH!

    I had mine with an Alum which was a m a z i n g. She really liked me, and I just sent out an email to my AO with some Q's that sadly the alum couldn't answer, hopefully she replies!

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