- US domestic/citizen
- State/demographics: NJ, suburban ~150k/yr-ish
- Type of high school: nearest public HS, 2k students, avg 1150 sat
- Gender/Race/Ethnicity: (east) asian female
- Other special factors: n/a, adhd if that’s an extenuating factor anywhere
Intended Major(s): international relations
GPA, Rank, and Test Scores
- Unweighted HS GPA: 4.0
- Weighted HS GPA: 7.0 (90-100 Honors or AP = 7, 80-90 = 6, etc.)
- Class Rank: school doesn’t tell until application season, begging counselor for it anyway
- ACT/SAT Scores: 1510 SAT (770 eng / 740 math) - working on this
14 APs, 12 honors, 5 DEs. ap multivar calc senior year (highest possible), AP spanish 5 (also highest)
taking in junior year AP tests for eng/lang, calc bc, phys 1, us hist, micro, macro, usgov in school. self-studying AP spanish, chinese, japanese, comparative govt&pol, human geo
picked stupid electives 9th (no aps possible but still) and 10th grade (could’ve done ap world/euro). 11th and 12th grade taking college courses online (polisci/hist/foreign lang), probably ~60-80 credits by HS graduation
2nd place twice in behavioral science category, regional science fair (1st place could’ve gone to isef, oof). deca icdc finalist 10th grade, probably something for ap tests.
write short papers/analysis on international politics/history, also simplify/explain other articles on website–professor looking into getting one of them published somewhere
teaching self japanese (spent ~120 hrs last summer teaching primary schoolers to spell (virtual)–can I count this as separate paid work?) and chinese since HS started. hoping to get proficiency certifications before application
cultural exchange ‘club’ (?): last year helped 6 friends apply for a scholarship to study abroad (all rejected, but I got an interview at least). this year helping ~15 kids apply so far, looking at other virtual/online cultural exchange programs we can direct people to. not a school-sanctioned thing but we meet after school/online—should I try to turn this into an actual approved club?
model un: vice president, help get novices acclimated, run simulations/conference prep, proofread position papers, lend spare formal attire, tech, etc. some best position paper/delegate awards, regional/state competitions mostly. get to be team captain if president can’t make it—only happened once, though.
debate: officer, pretty much same as above since my school’s model un and debate have like a 70% overlap and serve as pipelines into each other
-----the “is it even worth adding these?” ECs-----
piano: since age 4, won/placed in a few local contests (nothing special), barely have time to play and just transcribe/reproduce anime music at this point
martial arts: since 8, brоwn belt, barely any time to practice
varsity track: literally run in straight lines and sometimes circles.
“discipline committee”: listen to gossip about cheating, get an advisory/fake vote on guilt/punishment
In junior year so I can’t guess too accurately, but probably just mediocre/decent. Good writer (supposedly) but not good at personal essays.
Expecting good LoRs from apush teacher/mun advisor, ap econ teacher. Hoping for additional better ones from japanese prof (great relationship), history prof (dont know too well, but do well in and am engaged in his class) and polisci prof (trying to get my thing published, so hopefully he can write something really good). I’ve literally not seen my counselor in person ever, doubt she can write anything stellar having 200 other kids beside me.
No idea if I can even submit all these, hoping to be able to select/match the best ones.
Cost Constraints / Budget
Family pays for everything if I get in “somewhere good,” encouraged to “just apply” without considering cost.
Intrel/polisci major, so main goal georgetown w/ gwu and american just in there too. SAT is kinda low and feel ECs are weak in comparison—is it worth shooting for t10s? Do I have a reasonable chance at t20s/30s? Any good matches/safeties I don’t know about?