<p>Thank you all for the input. This is about what I expected. This year it is only possible for me to take two AP courses, albeit there are more "pre-AP" ones, unless I wanted to take Chemistry instead of Physics, which I didn't (I loathe Chemistry). As for my high school, I would say it is competitive. Last year we saw around 6-7 students off to Ivies (none to Cornell) and several more go to prestigious schools (MIT, Stanford, Georgetown, Rice, Vanderbilt). 52 students went to University of Texas at Austin and somewhere around 40 went to A&M, and I really, really don't want to go to UT, where my family thinks I'll be going. I don't want to go to somewhere just because all my friends or classmates go there, and I don't want to be like everyone else from my world, who goes to an instate school, gets a decent internship, then fills the job that daddy secured at the family business and lives a life that's already planned for them. I have always dreamed of going to Cornell. Cornell Cornell Cornell. I think I will die if I don't get in. Going to college somewhere far away will be the best thing for me, and I think my parents will support me financially where ever I decide to go. Now, if I could only get in...</p>
<p>Also, remember that the misleading 2000 I got on the SAT was the first time I took it, and I have time to improve. Does ILR even take into account the writing section of the SAT? If they do, do they even care about it? I know people who go to Brown and Harvard with a pretty low writing score. If I raise my SAT I Critical Reading score to around 650 and my Math 680 or 690, will I have a decent chance of being accepted? I think I'll have to have a great resume and outstanding essays--am I correct? I also want to show the admissions that I am passionate about going to Cornell and I'm different from most of the other prospective students. I've always been very independent and I've never had tutors, outside help, prep courses, etc. (unlike most of my classmates, whose radical parents will go to great lengths to improve their chances). I always have done things on my own, like fixing my car and computer, or teaching myself something new (ex. Latin). Is there anyway to show the admissions people this? Through my essays maybe? Is independence even something that colleges like to see?</p>
<p>And yes, my GPA does show an upward trend. I transfered from a private school for wealthy, lazy kids who don't care about schoolwork to a public school, and I've become more serious about my GPA and class rank. I deeply regret not taking the seniors seriously when they said, "I wish I tried harder as an underclassman." That's the one thing they would change if they could start over again, and now it's the same for me. As for the economics major, ILR sounds like a better fit for me since I'm more interested in business and labor than theory. When you apply to Cornell, do you apply to the university or a specific college? How selective is ILR?</p>
<p>This last question may seem ridiculous, but it is serious: will the admissions officer judge me if I include my being a senior officer in the Republican Club on my resume? Say, for example, the officer(s) looking at my resume is an extreme liberal and sees my position that I included. Of course they are obliged to be bipartisan and objective in the selection process, but it isn't inconceivable that they would take this into account when deciding if I'll be accepted or rejected. Any helpful insight on this subject?</p>
<pre><code> Thanks once again for your consideration.