Demographics: Transgender male, White, Medium public school, First-gen student
Geographics: small town in Washington state
Financial: $90,000 a year income
Major: Political science
SAT/ACT: Not submitting, didn’t get the chance to take it before COVID
GPA and rank: 3.94 UW and top 8% of class
My school doesn’t do weighted GPAs, however, when self calculated it’s uncertain as I have taken lots of Dual Enrollment classes which every state/school weights differently. So, depending on weighting it could be anywhere from 4.4 - 4.7 W
1 AP, 10 Honors, 18 Dual Enrollment college courses
My Dual Enrollment means I will be graduating from High school with an AA
Was in the highest musical groups of Jazz and Orchestra in my school all 4 years.
Created my own successful online business in my Junior year making $50,000+ a year. Managed PR, ran marketing campaigns, did my own accounting
Local Philharmonics Principal Bassist. was #1 Bassist in my counties musical philharmonic 10th-12th grade
Nearby cities Youth Jazz Ensemble. Played bass from 7th-9th grade, till offered a better position by the philharmonic above.
Invited as a Pacific Lutheran University Jazz and Orchestra Honors musician 9th-11th grade. Met twice a year for a large concert.
Worked as a Barista 10th-12th grade at Barnes and Noble.
Started volunteering as a bassist for my local church during COVID to play in the band on online broadcasts when people couldn’t attend service in person. Raised money for local nonprofits.
Volunteered as a “Stream Steward” in 12th grade by restoring local parks and nature reserves. Also focused on climate change and creating more sustainable parks.
Gay Straight alliance member 9th-10th grade
CWU John Moawad Musicianship Award: I was chosen after my jazz band I played in performed and was judged by a panel. Judges then would take note of select players that stood out due to their solos and overall outstanding ability. Out of a few 1000, about 20 were chosen. Won for my own written solo piece/overall playing
Olympic College Presidential Scholar: This award was given by my local community college to students who maintained a 4.0 GPA while taking a certain number of higher-level courses that the college offered.
Common App: Wrote about the intersection of my transgender identity and my journey as a musician. didn’t spend a super long time on it, but I still thought it was pretty good and a unique topic.
- Wrote about my journey of creating my business and leadership. Tied it into certain creative dreams of my childhood and how they connected with what I was doing now.
- One of my favorite essays. Wrote about my creativity in music and the experience of being engulfed in it when playing shows.
- Talked about what my transgender identity means to me and my unique discoveries due to it.
- A couple of years ago I attended a community event where I witnessed an act of police brutality as a BIPOC man was shot and killed about 5 feet in front of me. There was no reason for the violence that day, yet my judiciary allowed the officer to continue working while receiving no charges. Talked about my experience and, how this lead me to political action and my future dreams of a career in politics.
College List: (All RD)
Western Washington University: accepted
University of Oregon: accepted
Loyola University Chicago: accepted
University of Washington - Seattle
University of San Francisco
University of Denver
UCSC, UCSB, UCSD, UCLA, UC Berkeley
George Washington University
Showed as much demonstrated interest as I could for every single one of my private schools.