Hello, I am becoming a freshman in highschool this coming March, and my school is located outside the United States. Yes, I am an international student. Quite recently, I figured that Princeton was the place I wanted to go. I have always loved history(especially world history), and I realized that American colleges, especially schools like Princeton which have a strong history department, would allow me to further extend my studies. :)
But here's my largest PROBLEM. My school is not an international school, so it does not support the American curriculum at all. I would have to prepare for SAT and AP exams on my own, and translate GPA scores and recommendation letters on my own again. It's messed up, but I really really think it's worth the time and effort.
My sister is currently attending college in the United States, so my parents are very familiar with the processes of college admission.
I will prepare for the academic 'stuff' on my own and try my best, but I need some advice about EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES...
Up to date, I have been doing a lot of English and politics related stuff:
1.Model United Nations- I've won national MUN competitions, and was also awarded at the MIT MUN conference.
2.English debate- I am a national champion, and was awarded in many national debating competitions
3. various english essay competitions and awards (I doubt they will be helpful though)
4. award at national Geography bee
These are the main activities I have done throughout my middle school years. I am looking forward to continuing them.
For highschool, I'm looking forward to joining:
1.school orchestra(I play the clarinet)
2.school English Newspaper
3.school basketball team(I love basketball~)
These are some activities I am seriously considering, but I'm not sure if it's enough to get me into princeton. I will need to do more history related stuff, but I can't find much opportunities.
So here's my question:
1. If I search this website for people who got accepted to Princeton this year, I find a lot of entrepeneurs, authors, and internships at national companies and foundations/colleges. Are these kind of activities needed??
2. Will awards in International competitions(MUN and debate probably) greatly increase my chances?
3.do summer researches in national universities + recommendation letters from proffesors benefit a lot??( my dad is a professor, and is very close with many professors)
4. Are international students handicapped compared to US applicants?
5. What would be the SAT1 cut line? Would I have to score atleast 2250?
6. MOST IMPORTANTLY, as I mentioned, my school does not support American curriculums at all. Even if I take all the AP and SAT2 subject exams, will I still be greatly in disadvantage?
What kind of activities will help me stand out and overcome my handicap as a normal international student?? Please help meee :(