LONG POST AHEAD
Howdy! So I am quite new to College Confidential and was in need of advice. The title of this post is a little bit misleading but basically, I would like to know if you guys think I would be considered a competitive application for T20 admissions and if you guys could suggest solid match schools for me to apply to. When I say I am an early graduate, what I mean is that I entered high school in the fall of 2019 but will be graduating in the spring of 2022 rather than in 2023. While I wish I could say the reason I am leaving school a year early is that I am so academically ahead that my high school cannot support (that would be cool though) it is actually because my mom will be facing uncertain legal immigration status in the United States in the coming months. Graduating early will allow me to, as the eldest son of a single mother, to best financially and emotionally support my family ESPECIALLY if I am fortunate enough to be admitted to a selective private university with a healthy endowment. Well, enough typing on my part here are my stats:
Demographics: Male, Black (West Indian: Haitian), FL, lGbt, First-Gen, Low-Income (<30k), URM
Intended Major(s): Political Science/Human Rights/Public Health
ACT/SAT/SAT II: 33 ACT (I think this is on the low end so I might apply test-optional!)
UW/W GPA and Rank: 3.99/4.22, My school does not rank.
Freshman year: World History, HOPE (PE Class in Florida), Academic Advising 1, Chemistry 1, Geometry, English 1, Spanish 1, Intro Programming H, Driver’s Education
Summer 1: Spanish 2
Sophomore Year: English 2, College Algebra & Trig, Academic Advising 2, Government and Economics, Music, Biology 1, Spanish 3 H, AP American History
Summer 2: Physics 1 Honors, AP American Government, English 3 Credit Exam, Precalculus Credit Exam
Junior Year: Comparative Government & International Relations, American Literature, Calculus 1 &2, General Biology (AP Bio equivalent), European History, AP Spanish 1 (lang), AP Stats, Academic Advising 3
- = My school does not offer any honors, AP, or IB and all the stuff I have taken was through FLVS or just through a different third party.
- AHEC Scholar = In the summer of 2020 I was selected for the program to complete graduate-level coursework in public health. We covered interdisciplinary education, cultural competency, social determinants of health, and much more. This program is competitive for senior undergraduates, graduate students, and people actually in allied fields so doing it as a rising sophomore was really cool. At the end of it I presented an interprofessional research presentation on the importance of critical indicators of the human papillomavirus and preventative medicine.
- Day on the Hill Health Advocate = Nationally selected to represent an org that I won’t name so not to dox myself. I was able to [virtually] talk to members of US Congress on the importance of funding STD diagnostic centers during COVID-19.
- Presidential Volunteer Service Award Gold = Awarded for 400 hours dedicated to a particular organization and 900 total.
- Health Pitch Contest = Led a team where we entered a national contest to secure funding for a health fair initiative we are currently organizing. We ended up getting first which was AMAZING!
- College Board African American Recognition Program = Top 2% of Black test takers on PSAT; nothing that crazy I just got 1300…
- Mask Up X County - Board Member; County-wide initiative to increase education regarding COVID-19 safety guidelines and information about vaccines. Included in a COVID-19 PSA shared across X County, translated posters to Haitian Creole, and participated in press conferences.
- Teen Court of X County - Prosecuting Attorney; Program for first-time juvenile offenders to understand the justice system and reflect on the consequences of crime. Prosecute on behalf of the state of Florida to ensure fair sentences and train new attorneys to perpetuate the program.
- Independent Initiative - Entrepreneur?; Collect and distribute staple household goods, common school supplies, and cleaning materials to the Port-Au-Prince metropolitan area. Oversee the development of affordable housing units in underdeveloped areas. Solely responsible for the translation of all legal documents.
- Health Education Non-Profit - Peer Health Educator & Student Editor; Provide health education to youth from disadvantaged and underrepresented backgrounds in my local community. Tasked with documenting events and goals for a bi-monthly newsletter. Oversee all social media operations with an emphasis on providing accurate information on current and emerging public health concerns.
- Tutoring Non-Profit - Vice President; Oversee the execution and growth of the company in order to bring free high-quality tutoring services to economically disadvantaged students. Currently have 50+ tutors and 1000+ sessions booked
- Human Rights Non-Profit - Editor/Content Writer; Conducted outreach and interviews with on-the-ground activists in Myanmar, Syria, and more to get first-hand testimonies on those country’s political turmoil. Wrote comprehensive articles addressing human rights abuses across the globe and to tell the stories of those who have either gone missing or lost their lives due to senseless violence
- Trauma Leadership Club - Educator; Organized trauma training sessions for community leaders to become trauma-informed and understand the impact trauma has on the day-to-day lives of the people they serve.
- Political Science Non-Profit (Vague on Purpose) - Intern; I am doing a summer internship at a well-established poli sci-themed non-profit. I don’t have any major accomplishments yet since I just started the program/internship. I’m only on week two.
- X Health Grant Team Funded through the X grant to participate in 147 events, serving and conducting outreach to roughly 5,500 community members, distributing 1,030 hand sanitizers, 3,130 masks, and handing out 450 referral cards.
- Florida Education Board Student Representative; Student-led coalition between 10 Florida non-profit through X university’s Program aimed at combating injustice in education. Work with other student leaders and educational professionals to implement strategies and actionable goals to minimize social inequities in FL.
I also held a job throughout high school but they were “less conventional” streams of income like interning and doing graphic design. Right now I just work at a coffee shop though.
Hope this was specific enough to accurately give me a “chance me” on my profile. I tried my best throughout high school and that’s really all I can give to it lol. Any help is greatly appreciate as I am already starting to stress out about facing this process alone (: