Hello! I understand that I'm doing this very early, but why not? I'm going to apply to only three boarding schools: Phillips Exeter, Phillips Academy Andover, and Lawrenceville. I'm only applying to these schools and not expanding the number of schools I'm applying to.
Male, Asian (Korean-American), Public School, probably full pay
9th Grade, Fall of 2021
No official scores because I haven't taken it yet, but I got a pretty decent score on a practice test from a couple months back with no studying. Aiming for 97th percentile or higher when I take it.
Haven't done any
Didn't do essays yet
All As (my school doesn't do A+)
Didn't get my recommendations yet.
-Head of Math Club
-Did Model UN for one year, didn't get to go to any conferences because of Covid-19
-5 years competitive swimming
-Top 15 in the nation 200 Breaststroke, Top 50 for 100 and 50 breaststroke, Top 100 for several (planning on athletics to be a big hook)
-Taught kids from poorer areas of my state to swim
-AMC 8 Honor Roll
-AMC 10 Achievement Award (was 3 points off of AIME)
-Saxophone 4 years (don't really have any awards, but I am passionate)
-Drum Set 2 months (always wanted to learn how, so I finally started learning during quarantine)
-LAL 6th grade achievement award? (probably doesn't do anything)
-Taking Algebra 2 in 8th grade
-I started coding a few months ago, and it is keeping me interested, so I plan to continue
Exeter's best breastrokers are graduating and I'm at around the level of their best breastrokers, so I guess there's that.
I want to go to boarding school for three main reasons: diversity, more resources, and challenging academics. These probably sound really generic, but I have reasons behind all three. First of all, the town I live in is really, really white. There are about four Asians in my grade and only one African-American. There's also no Latin Americans. The majority of kids are okay, but there is some racism. Lots of people use derogatory terms and it isn't the best feeling even if I don't feel super offended. Boarding schools are diverse in race, but on top of that, everyone is connected because they all are students who want to succeed. I guess I want to interact with more people who are unique. Second of all, boarding schools have lots of resources. There are amazing facilities, faculty (resources?), and just opportunities in general. By going to a prestigious school, students have the chance to do things they have never done before, allowing them to build onto themselves as students and as people. Lastly, my school doesn't challenge me at all. People slack off, and that creates an overall atmosphere that isn't good. I want to go to a school where other people want to succeed like me and aren't afraid of challenges. I want to be surrounded by people who understand me.
Hope all of you people browsing through this website take a few minutes of your time to read through this mess and reply (anything is appreciated). Have a good day