Apologies for the long post. It’s a complicated situation.
I’ve already graduated and am committed to uMich LSA, but I’ve got an intriguing potential opportunity that could make deferring my admission and going on a gap year productive — more on that later.
I’m interested in majoring in Public Health and eventually something business-related, but I will most likely apply as a public health major just because my extracurriculars align that way. After doing some research, I’ve found that Washu offers a public health/anthropology/environment major that aligns with my interests extremely well.
Furthermore, I’ve found that Michigan’s undergraduate public health program is subpar. It’s a new program that’s only graduating its 2nd or 3rd cohort this year — electives are lackluster and the vibe I’ve gotten from speaking with public health graduates has been that the program is extremely disorganized. Another thing to note is that a public health and business dual degree is impossible at Michigan. I will most likely be attempting a transfer out of Michigan for those reasons if I don’t do the gap year. Also, Michigan allows for a deferment of enrollment that is nonbinding. If I don’t get into any colleges in my gap year, I will be permitted to reenter without applying again.
The reason for which I want to take a gap year are several:
I’m burnt out.
a marine conservationist that I’ve worked with in high school has begun a shark conservation project. I’m already a part of it and I love the work we’re doing so far, but it won’t really be possible to continue at Michigan since it is located in Hawaii and California.
*I want to travel the world before going to college.
My primary concerns are as follows:
That I’ll be wasting my time in a gap year and essentially give up a year of my life for nothing. If someone has had an experience similar as I, taking a gap year for a project of some sort, please let me know. I’d love to talk to you about it.
That I won’t be able to get into Washu ED because of my application. I’d like an opinion on what my chances are.
I’d love to hear about any recommendations for a school that has a strong public health and business program that I could potentially ED 2 at.
Thank you very much. Once again, sorry about the rambly post.
Last cycle, I was accepted into: All UCs except berk and la (regents/merit at some. I forgot which ones specifically), Michigan, NYU Gallatin, NEU (100k merit + honors), Purdue, and UIUC bioengineering. I probably forgot a few colleges but those are the most noteworthy.
rejected from: Stanford (REA), Harvard, Columbia, Yale, Princeton, Penn, Rice, Washu, Tufts, Vanderbilt, Berk, and LA.
Asian Male living in California. Considered an international. Not applying for financial aid.
GPA 3.87 (6 Bs and 1 B-): 10 APs with nearly all 5s and 2 dual enrollment classes.
SAT ii: 800 chem, 800 math II, 800 physics
Research presented at a local conference.
Whatever AP award comes with 10 APs of scores 4-5
9 Science Olympiad medals — not very prestigious
Film festival acceptances
PADI certified scuba diver.
Project redacted: Helped establish a shark conservation NGO that uses social media to help geolocate them using unique physical characteristics. One of the biggest barriers to Marine Biology research is the lack of funds to generate data and this helps to fill the gap. Shot multiple conservation mini-films to promote our cause.
Internship at Boston biotech company. Currently doing a literature review of an extremely rare disease that runs in my family. If time allows, I’m planning on starting a website blogging about it.
Creative writing: Published in my blog and submitted (probably rejected) to some literary journals
Wrote a reportorial article on Mercury contamination; published in a conservation journal/magazine.
Published multiple short films on Youtube.
OLD (only really listing my most important stuff):
2nd author on an article on Mercury contamination in fish currently undergoing peer-review at an IF 8 epidemiology journal. (Junior-Senior year)
Directed a short film on the same subject accepted into film festivals. (Senior year)
Board of an NPO dedicated to donating Malarial medicine to 2 Ghanian hospitals. (Junior and Senior year)
Datasci / Epidemiology Internship at t10 on covid mutations and transmissions. As mentioned above, this was presented in poster format at a small conference.
Cofounder of public health club (Senior year)
Copres of chem club (Junior and senior year)