Alright I haven’t used CC much before so I hope this is in the right place. I’m looking for advice for this year/senior year especially since I’ve felt so lost with the pandemic and since I’m interested in so many things and I don’t know if I should cut down and focus more.
I’m interested in HYPSM, Caltech, Harvey Mudd, UC type schools but please let me know what would be realistic. I’m kind of liking the small school vibe right now, but that might change, and I’m definitely looking for schools with strong STEM fields and/or great STEM research. Also, if I’m interested in pure or applied math, physics, and neuroscience, what kinds of majors or programs would be recommended, especially interdisciplinary ones?
Background: Asian-American girl, junior from California, public school, both parents went to university, don’t need to apply for financial aid
Rank: my school doesn’t do rank, but definitely in the top 5%
Grades: GPA is kind of a mess because of pandemic, but 4.0 UW and almost all honors/AP weighted classes for 10th-12th grade
SAT/PSAT/ACT: 1480 PSAT in 10th grade, 34 ACT in 8th grade, will take PSAT to try to get NMSQT this year, probably also another ACT (I don’t know if I can use an 8th grade score) or an SAT, and possibly subject tests, all depending on pandemic situation
- 10th grade: Calc AB(5), CSA(5), Physics 1(5), Stats(5), Music Theory(4)
-11th grade: taking APUSH, AP Bio, AP Chem, AP Physics C (both), AP Calc BC classes, will take all of these tests
-have college credit for 2 courses, audited 2 including linear algebra (all science/math courses). Taking Calculus III right now for credit at a UC, planning on taking several more college math courses.
Science Olympiad: Club founder, president
-currently only in our second year, but have grown to over 40 members
-I medaled in an event at regionals our first year
-During the summer we held frequent community workshops for younger students and other high schoolers; we do outreach to help jr high clubs during the school year.
Research: Currently doing computational neuroscience research with a lab at a university- not sure yet how that is going to turn out.
-current: district head coach/mentor coordinator for jr highs, will continue competing if possible virtually
-10th grade: 4th in regionals, head coach for a junior high
-9th grade: B team captain
Women in STEM: Officer- other than WiSTEM opportunities for high schoolers, we do a lot of community volunteering/tutoring and host a annual math competition/STEM fair for younger girls. I lead the logistics for the math comp including test writing.
Math/Science Competitions: I do a lot of math competitions- it’s kind of hard to quantify, but- I’ve made AIME, went to ARML/ARML local in 9th-10th, and was invited to Math Prize for Girls
-volunteer to help write problems for a local university (a UC) math circle
-school math club - write problems for competition we host (separate from WISTEM)
-will take F=MA, likely also USACO, Brain Bee, not sure what to expect out of those
-Cross country 9th-10th- medaled in sections/subsections in frosh/soph division both years, team got 1st in 9th and 2nd in 10th
-Swim 9th grade, made league finals
-Track 10th grade, once school opens, will continue cross country and track.
-local jazz band, used to do more concert band as well and have been in honor bands
-finished ABRSM piano exams
-executive officer for a NPO that helps students start music tutoring programs and organize events among programs- just founded this year but already is helping several schools.
-camps, took classes/college science courses in summers before 9th and 10th
-research (still continuing) during summer before 11th
-I’m looking at some math camps or research camps for summer before 12th - not sure what my chancing would be for more competitive camps like RSI, Ross, SUMAC, SSP, PROMYS etc, but they sound really fun. Advice for this too?
-Volunteer with some other nonprofits- mostly have to do with STEM education, developing curriculums, hosting competitions, tutoring, etc, mostly in neuroscience
-Writer for a magazine about girls in STEAM
-ASL club 9th-11th
-Math and Science tutoring club 11th
-AI club at local university (a UC) 10th-11th
I think I mentioned most awards above especially regarding competitions, the only other thing would be AP Scholar with Distinction in 10th grade
Sorry I wrote in such huge blocks, but I tend to chunk related things together. Please be as honest as possible :] and any input is appreciated. Thank you!!!