Reed College is my dream environment. Besides the amazing faculty, unique grading philosophy, and intensive discussion-based classroom scenarios, I feel that I will (for the first time) feel wholly at home and understood unlike my life up to this point. I'm quirky, slightly socially awkward, extremely passionate and driven, stubborn, adventure-seeking, odd, and deep. Since the age of ten, I have questioned the basic laws of nature and existence (what is truth, what is reality, etc.), and have felt an extreme motivation to accomplish something great for the race of humanity. I have an extreme closeness to nature and take frequent walks/runs through the forest. Some of my favorite activities include - writing (poetry, short stories, etc.), drawing, making music (piano, vocals, and songwriting), reading, and memorizing random facts. I am torn between majoring in Philosophy (my original love) or Chemistry (I love the sciences as well and it may be more practical). Anyhow, I am certain Reed is the place for me. I'll gladly join the groups of students waiting at the end of the café to eat the leftover food so as not to waste any. I am worried I won't make it in though, so I wanted to receive an honest opinion of my shots. I've attached my stats below-
Also, I'm homeschooled, but have been a dual-credit student at my local community college since the age of 15 and will graduate with my Associate's from there soon.
High School GPA - 4.0
College GPA - 3.8
I don't have my SAT or ACT scores back yet, although in the PSAT I was high enough in English and Writing for National Merit Scholar, but not Math (math was about 90%).
Essay: I am extremely strong in writing. In my "Why Reed?", I plan to tell of how "Reed wasn't my first choice, due to my undying ambition to wholly abandon the social system and train to become a Jedi Knight", but then tell of ultimately, how it is the place where I will be most gracefully prepared to create beauty and light for the world, etc.
I will have strong personal references.
Secretary of Central Virginia Community College Student Government Association
Vice President of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society (CVCC Chapter)
POLIS Board Member (College Literary Journal)
Accepted into and successfully completed Virginia Space Coast Scholars (Program done by NASA)
Accepted into and successfully completed Virginia Aerospace Science and Technology Scholars (Program done by NASA)
Vocalist for Blue Ridge Community Church High School Band
Middle School Small Group Leader at Blue Ridge Community Church
Technology Team at Blue Ridge Community Church
Attended United States Naval Academy Summer Seminar
I am also working on finishing my book of poetry / potentially a novel, so I hope to be a published author by time of application.
Crisp Organic Salad and Juice Bar
Graphic Design for Hope Farms (hopefarmsva.com)
Over 500 volunteer service hours, including but not limited to:
Freedom 4/24 (Sex-Trafficking Awareness Organization)
Assistant Teacher at Peaksview Christian Home Educators
Hill Country Elderly Nursing Center
Wimberely Village Library Assistant YA Coordinator
8 Days of Hope Relief Event
CVCC Student Government Association
Junior Counselor in Training at Watermarks Camp
Set/Up Tear Down Team at Blue Ridge Community Church
Multiple Food Pantries
What can I do to improve my chances of admission at Reed? Thank you.