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four year high school plan for Stanford?

smarties323smarties323 Registered User Posts: 4 New Member
Hi, I'm new here, and I wanted I go to a very distinguished and competitive high school in the US. I am currently a freshman, but I want to plan the rest of my high school curriculum. I was thinking:
-English 10 (no other honors allowed in my school)
-Math Analysis Honors (aside from Precalc Honors because I want to get an A)
-Chemistry or maybe Chemistry Honors (Chem. Honors gets me into AP Chem in Junior Year, but my teacher did not recommend)
-Drawing and Painting I
-World and Europe II
-Journalism (Nationally ranked)
-Spanish IV/AP Spanish

-English Honors
-Intro to Calculus Honors
-AP Chem or AP Physics or AP Bio
-Drawing and Painting II
-US History
-AP Spanish Lit. and Culture


-AP Calc BC-12
-AP Physics or AP Bio
-Post AP Spanish Seminar
-AP Drawing
-AP History
-Journalism (Editor and Chief)

Extra Currics:
-Varsity Golf
-Art Competitions, Writing Competitions
-Chess Competitions (For fun)
- (Debate maybe??)
-I do a lot of charity work with a homeless shelter for teens thats widely known. I'm actually a representative.

Plans in Summer:
-Stanford EPGY for ID Tech or for Writing or physics (haven't decided)
-Pepperdine asked me to participate in Community work for Leadership
-might do charity work in Washington DC at the White House
-Art portfolio
-Internship at LACMA

What do you guys suggest? No hate please, I don't need to hear that it's simple or that I won't be able to get into a good college with it. Thank you.

Replies to: four year high school plan for Stanford?

  • NaerokaNaeroka Registered User Posts: 2 New Member
    Woah there. I really admire your work ethic and your commitment to getting into Stanford, but I feel like planning every single schedule and all your extracurriculars and all your summer plans for the next four years isn't always the best course of action.

    Stanford is such a crapshoot. Even if a seemingly perfect student applies, there's no guarantee he or she will get in. They're looking for something special. Not saying that you aren't special, but you should mold the next four years into a Stanford admission plan.

    Instead, I suggest this: yes, work hard, but do what interests you. Find what you're passionate about and expand on that passion. You don't have to do a million activities. In fact, it is often better if you have a couple very in-depth ones.

    What you're doing at the homeless shelters sounds great! If you're doing this because it really gives you a sense of fulfillment, then that's even better! Expand on that. This applies to anything you do.

    If you're following a formula, this could actually be counter-productive. You might even come off as too artificial too colleges. Let this process come naturally and have some strong organic passions that you can pursue. Work hard and see where your interests take you.

    Good luck!
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