hi everyone !! i’m a current junior and i’m getting really anxious about colleges so it would be great if i got some input on how to utilize my remaining high school years.
some basic information:
i am a Asian queer nonbinary person (but i don’t really want to reveal that on college apps esp if my parents might see it, willing to pass as cis female). fluent in mandarin chinese. parents are both immigrants but both have bachelor’s degrees from China. living in LA region. low income family, probably need full aid. I have a 4.11 W gpa with an upwards trend, no class rank since hs eliminated it last year.
this is my first year taking APs so I have no AP scores so far. currently taking AP Lang, APUSH, AP Chinese. prospectively taking AP Spanish, AP Lit, AP Gov, AP Stats senior year.
i’m studying for the SAT, taking it next month. hoping for 1400+ score.
only other test I’ve taken is PSAT sophomore year with a 1410, wasn’t able to take it this year because school didn’t provide it / counselor never got back to me.
honors / special classes in general:
before freshman year - took a test to skip 3 years of Chinese classes, got an A, A, and B for each respective year.
freshman year - honors english, accelerated math, straight As
sophomore year - honors english, honors chem, accelerated math, straight As
junior year (this year) - as mentioned above, ap Chinese, ap lang, apush, accelerated math, straight As so far
prospective senior year - as mentioned above, ap stats, ap gov, ap spanish, ap lit, journalism
please tell me what to improve on this category, i’m really anxious about this
speech & debate - participated in freshman + this year (parents didn’t let me participate in extracurriculars during sophomore year), hoping to be event captain + JV or novice chair next year
red cross - started this year, hoping to be on regional executive board + school art chair next year
English Outreach Commissioner in local food drive organization starting November of last year, hoping to have helped in at least 4 food drives by the end of the school year
key club - general member, not hoping for anything
i also run a small Instagram for my bullet journal with 300+ followers so far, hoping for 400+ by the end of the year. started in freshman year
prospective extracurriculars by end of junior year / senior year
part of tutoring club on campus
AP Ambassadors - hopefully VP or some position
applied to be a Wave Tutor, hopefully will hear from them by next month
journalism - too late to be in any position but i want to pursue journalism as a career
currently applying for QuestBridge college prep scholars
also anxious about this category.
not much here. got a gold key last year / honorable mention this year for scholastic art and essay contest, nothing national.
not sure if CSF counts as an honor ?? pandemic has mixed it up a lot so applications are iffy
possible majors + career paths:
majors : journalism, political science, international affairs, english?
careers : journalist, translator maybe?, diplomacy, politics?
uc Berkeley (reach?)
this is an incomplete list, also im planning to apply for questbridge college match program next year.
any input would be fantastic, thank y’all so much!