I'm a junior and I started the college research process a few months ago. Right now, I have an idea of what schools I really love, but it's still sort of tough for me to figure out what schools are real reaches. However, I'm going to have to figure that out because I can't afford to take the time/travel to visit places that just aren't reaches/fits for me.
I've researched Swarthmore a lot and I would definitely be interested in the Linguistics and Cognitive Science programs. It seems like a great place, but I'd just like to get a few opinions on whether it's really in my appropriate range as a student. I've heard so many amazing things about Swarthmore students that I'm just beginning to feel completely unsuitable.
Private Catholic School in Pennsylvania.
General 3.5~3.7 GPA (I really don't like my school, just as an aside. Low grades are mainly due to a lack of interest/homework/participation, not testing)
PSAT score of a 210, due to a low math score. (I'm taking a class and it will definitely improve)
I take the hardest classes my school offers, but it's small, and we really don't have many APs available.
Book Club/Reading Olympics
Forensics (like Speech/Debate)
I've been playing piano for eight years, and I have several state awards.
I've been studying Japanese since I was little, and though I'm not completely fluent, I'm almost positive I'll get a near perfect score on the Subject Test.
I've been taking college classes at local junior colleges since this past summer. So far I've taken: Arabic, Intro to Psych, Intro to Soc, Ancient History, English I, Intro to Anthro, Philosophy in Film, Developmental Psych, Sociology of Families, and Poetry, and I've gotten As in all of them.
Also, I'm pretty sure it's irrelevant in the college application process, but I'll just have turned 16 when I graduate, if that effects anything.
If you think I'm not really an appropriate Swarthmore applicant, I respect your opinion, but please, don't rip me to shreds.