Hey guys, I'm a junior from Puerto Rico that is currently interested in applying to Swarthmore. Here are some of my basic stats:
GPA: unweighted around 3.7/3.8, weighted prob at around 4.3/4.2
Class Rank: not offered to Juniors, but it's a very small and competitive class so could be anywhere from top 25% to top 10%.
Freshman year, A/A- average:
World History 1
English 9th (all classes except Spanish are taught in English, so this is the equivalent to a US high school English class)
Spanish 9th (Spanish equivalent to an English lit class)
Sophomore year, A/A+ average:
World History II (straight A+ in this class, outstanding achievement)
Chemistry (outstanding achievement award)*
Honors Algebra II
French III (outstanding effort)
AP Psychology (5, outstanding achievement)
*For some reason my school doesn't offer AP Euro to sophomores even though we cover a condensed version and it's not being offered anytime in the near future.Sigh. I really would have enjoyed that class...*
Junior year, A-/A average:
Biology (my class can't take the AP, ever, long story)
Spanish 11th (AP lit can't be taken until 12th)
English 11th (AP lit can't be taken until 12th either)
AP French language (A-)
AP US (B+/A-)
AP Human Geo (A+)
Senior year course load (if schedule permits):
AP English lit
AP Calculus AB (Want to take BC test, can I do that?)
AP Spanish lit (still considering, won't take it if it's a summary of previous years)
Since Chem and Calculus are double blocks I can only take one elective. There are a few courses that interest me, namely Musical Appreciation and AP Economics (Micro + Macro), but I'm considering having a free block just to dedicate it to college applications. Would this be wise? Are college apps really that time consuming?
PSAT - 10th, scored at 88th percentile compared to Juniors. Still waiting for this year's scores.
SAT - Taking it in March
SAT II's - Physics (620, fail), Chemistry (630, another fail), World History (750, yay?), Spanish (800, lols I finished in 15 min., don't really expect any college to take this seriously). In May I'm taking Math Level 1 (Though I'm in Honors Pre-cal, should I go for level II?) and English Lit. In June I'm taking Bio Molecular and US History.*
Model UN club - since 8th grade, third year going to NAIMUN and will prob be VP next year
Youth in Action (community service club) - since 9th, VP in 10th, Pres this year and prob the next
Film Club - since 9th, VP this year and prob Pres next year
Project H2O - water crisis awareness club, prob will be spokesperson next year
Oratoria (Forensics in Spanish) - 10th
NHS - 11th, might run for board next year
High School Summers
2009 - CAA at Easton, Pennsylvania. Took Legal History of the US.
2010 - The Oxford Tradition, International Business as major with Literature and Psychology as minor. Also went to the Galapagos on an ecological project w/ a school group.
2011 - Will prob either take a course on Human Rights in CTY, Princeton or go to their Civic Leadership program in Baltimore. Might travel with a school group through South America or partake in a National Geographic trip through India.*
In reality this is more of a "Am I on the right track?" post, given that I'm missing a lot of important info. Any advice on what to do to be a more competitive candidate and what similar schools to apply to would be very welcome. *