Is SCEA Worth It For Me?
Hello all, I am currently a junior attending a competitive private school in FL with a graduating class of ~100 kids. I am interested primarily in biophysics due to its integrative nature, and secondarily in business. I feel that the academic opportunities and the overall culture at Princeton will help me pursue these things best. Although I am also interested in UPENN, Princeton is marginally my first choice, and I am wondering if it is worth forgoing for the admissions advantage at Penn ED.
ACT: 35 C 35 E 35 M 36 R 35 S 11 W SAT: 1560 C 770 R/W 790 M Sat II: Math II (790), Biology M (800), Chemistry (790) GPA 4.0 UW 4.77 W - Hopefully top 2 (School does not rank beyond that) AP: Sophomore - Biology (5), Euro (5) Junior - Precalc with AB (Weighted as AP but no exam), AP Chemistry (5), AP Latin(4), APUSH(5), AP CSA(4), AP Seminar(4) Summer - Calculus BC Senior - Multivariable Calc, AP Physics C Mechanics, AP Physics C E&M, AP Gov, AP MacroEcon, AP Research, AP Lit, AP Psych, AP Stat
Mu Alpha Theta - President, frequently top 5 in school in math contests. My faculty advisor loves the work I've done in improving the previously mismanaged club, including implementing a tutoring outreach program at a local impoverished middle school and including local elementary schools in Pi day.
Latin Honor Society - Junior treasurer, helped coordinate aspects of State Latin Forum entries.
E-Commerce Business - I have built a website that sells manufactured turtle charm bracelets and donates 10% of profits to my local Sea Turtle Conservatory. ~5k gross profit thus 500$ donation.
Research with a biology professor at a local tech college - I come twice a week and assist in data and sample analysis, with the potential to be a published contributor this year. Even if not published in time, I have a very defined role from which I can concretely describe my contributions to the project.
Speech & Debate - Junior treasurer, senior secretary. Placed 7th in a state tournament along with mentoring junior high competitors. I've to lead the club's outreach in the school newspaper and news, expanding upperclassman membership by roughly 35%. ER Volunteering - 200+ Hours and selected as a team leader for training new volunteers. Founded School's Launch X chapter.
NHS - Coordinated and managed a schoolwide AP Prep book drive.
SciOly - Senior president. Lead 2nd place regionally protein modeling (Of 87 entries). Academic Team - Junior & Senior captain. District champions Junior and Sophmore years. Awards: Selected as the top STEAM student in my class. Likely NMSF.Applicable AP Scholar distinctions. Scored gold on the National Latin Exam for 4 consecutive years (somewhat rare), 15th place at National Latin forum in grammar freshman year, 3rd in the state 9th and 10th grade. 4th nationally in Latin dramatic interpretation. Ethnicity: White Income Bracket: 200k+ Hooks: None I would really appreciate some feedback, and I thank you for reading!