<p>Its a chances thread, you know the drill.</p>
<p>Demographics: low-income black kid at underfunded urban high school in Washington state</p>
<p>GPA: 4.0, but my school offers no APs, and really no Honors, because the funding just isnt there. Im a victim I tell ya.
Rank: 1/150, but again theres no competition, so thats not saying too much, but still its better than not being valedictorian.
SAT I: 2100 (730cr, 730w, 640m) Yes, I know its not super-****ing brilliant, but Ill live.
SAT IIs: just wait, theyre coming
Curriculum: Im currently taking all my classes, save Calculus 3 and International Finance, through dual-enrollment at a local community college. Course load includes English 102, Brit Lit 212, Physics 100 level, French 200 level. Im not entirely sure how to calculate my GPA there, but Ive received 95 percent or above in every class. Im set to graduate with 30 credits, 10 above the required 20.
Intended Major: Linguistics, French, Arabic</p>
<p>ECs: Now were getting to the good stuff. My school being what it is offers next to nil in terms of clubs and activities, but Ive tried to compensate. ECs not terribly abundant, but show commitment and also arent the typical laundry list</p>
<p>Ive done extensive environmental work with a national non-profit called the Student Conservation Association. I know someone here has heard of it. I got involved in 9th grade and since then have racked up over 500 hrs of community service. This year I have leadership position, and am working to collect 450 hrs of community service through AmeriCorps. For the past three summers Ive spent four weeks roughing it in the backcountry doing conservation work in various national parks, including two summers at Mt Rainier and last summer in Central Alaska. Im actually gonna plug the Conservation Crews right here. Everyone should do this. Its so amazing.
Ive also done some work with another non-profit called the Coalition for Environmental Justice, but my involvement was minimal, so I may not mention it</p>
<p>I worked for three years with the UW and National Institute of Health researching the effects of a non-commercialism policy in my school district</p>
<p>Ive been studying Arabic for the past two years with non-profit cultural group</p>
<p>Im currently interning with yet another non-profit (you see my liberal do-gooder side coming out) called the MAVIN Foundation, which serves as an advocate for people of mixed race/heritage</p>
<p>Volunteer in a program called Talk Time through the CC, which basically helps immigrants learn English through conversation</p>
<p>Teen Court, 10th and 11th grade, similar to mock trial, its a student run court, which tries student in our school for minor offenses
Cross Country, 9th and 10th grade</p>
<p>I feel like Im missing something. There are other random things, which I could list as filler, but would you want me to?</p>
<p>Recs: Just as good as anyone elses, one from Arabic teacher, another from Calculus teacher, which hopefully will partially compensate for my sad SAT math score
Essays: one written as a response to a speech given by Che Guevarra in which he describes how he was product of his environment, basically my own product of my environment rap, another about how I grew up in an appartment, but always wanted a house</p>
<p>Hook: Well, theres race, and Im very low-income, think my dad pulled in 19,000k last year
Hurt: Uh, SATscores could be better, and Im from the Seattle area, which seems to have more qualified applicants per capita than anywhere in the US
Could Go Either Way: The fact that Im coming out of some obscure *<strong><em>-poor high school. Ive heard that a lot of top-tier schools like plucking somewhat promising black kids from the ghetto and I fit the bill for that, but Im also coming out a *</em></strong>-poor high school that offers not very challenging courses and no competition, so my GPA and class rank arent as impressive</p>
<p>Schools: Im reaching for the top
UW, because thats just what you do when youre from Washington
UBC, because Vancouver is awesome
USC, really my first choice and it's within my range
Swarthmore, I dont even want to go there anymore
<p>Obviously my dream would be Stanford or Yale, but since that isnt going to happen Im just as happy going to USC. Actually I know I killed any slim chance I had at Stanford, because my long essay was alright, but really not that good. It also had a few typos, because Im mildly dyslexic and cant type/spell for ****.The revised version however is amazing, and will be submitted to every other school.</p>
<p>If you made it through this excessively long thread, thanks for bearing with me, and tell me what you think.</p>