Hello everyone! I will apply EA for Harvard, and will apply regular for T20 and state school. I am looking to become a STEM Major.
Demographics: Straight white male, middle class, midwest (I’m a first gen immigrant from Turkey, quite literally Caucasian)
Intended Major(s): STEM, not sure about the specifics so far
GPA: my school doesn’t have uw or w, just a composite. Composite: 4.65
Grades: All As except three Bs (only for one semester) in AP Chem, Calc BC, and Phy C Mech
- AP CSP: 4 (due to this year’s testing, won’t be submitting it anyways)
- AP USH: 5
- AP Chem: 5
- AP Gov: 4
- AP Euro: 5
- AP Stats: 5
- AP Spanish Lang: 5
- AP Phy C Mech: 5
Senior year courseload:
- Multivariable calc
- AP Phy C e&m
- AP micro/macro
- AP Psych
- AP Comp Sci A
- English IV
- Photography 1&2 (gotta get the fine arts credit)
ACT: 36, all subjects 36
- Math 2: 800
- USH: 790
- Chem: 800
- Spanish: 770
- USNCO National Competition (didn’t make it to study camp)
- Numerous awards including best delegate for MUN
- Numerous first place awards, and competing in nats for Scioly
- ISEF Finalist
- Numerous science fair awards like scholarships, cash awards, and competition invites for science fair
- National Merit Finalist
- AP Scholar with Distinction
- Acceptance into RSI (sadly the in person experience got cancelled this year)
- Model UN:
I got elected as sec-gen this year (basically same roles and responsibilities as president of the club, but more involved with our school conference.) I have been doing MUN since freshman year, and I have created two committees and chaired for both. This year, I am the lead organizer of our school conference which is one of the best in the midwest region. I have been heavily involved in MUN including many hours of volunteering and teaching elementary kids MUN and hosting a yearly MUN camp for middle schoolers.
- Science Fair:
I have been doing science fair since 7th grade. I went to states competition 4 times, ISEF one time where I became a Finalist. I have received numerous honors, awards, and distinctions in science fair, and competed in several science fair competitions that aren’t part of the ISEF qualification process. I am also the school science fair captain, and will help organize a virtual regional fair this year for our school.
I have been a part of Scioly since freshman year, and I got elected team captain this year. I have attended numerous prestigious invitationals like MIT, and gotten several first place awards as a team and for my individual events. I went to nats once with my school, but didn’t place top 5. I mainly did chemlab, astronomy, and ornithology, with a few different events each year.
- Academic Team (quiz bowl in other schools)
I have been a part of Academic Team since freshman year, and I’m a co-captain this year. We won our local season twice, and second place once. I have attended some NAQT events as well.
- Language Outreach Club:
I have been a part of Language Outreach Club since freshman year, I’m the president, it’s my third year being part of its leadership. It’s essentially a club where peers teach peers languages they know. I expanded the club from a group of 10 friends to a large, schoolwide club with over a 100 members and structured meetings. I also spearheaded the effort to convert the club online during quarantine last spring.
- NHS, Science National Honor Society, and Spanish National Honor Society:
Nothing too extraordinary, I am the vice president of SNHS. Due to other involvements, I haven’t made the societies my main focus, but I have helped organize numerous events.
- TedX at my High School
I was the Logistics Director sophomore year, and I mainly coordinated the arrival of speakers and the event. It was a pretty big event with several hundred attendees.
Rigor: I am in the hardest track possible, and three years ahead in course rigor than normal students (took calc bc and chem in sophomore year which is something taken in senior year).
- 9-10th: I took chemistry, biology, and precalculus online (long story short I came to the US in middle school so I was behind than peers with similar intellect. I worked hard for two summers to get to the track I belonged, which my counselor knows)
- 10-11th: I did research at a nearby university for two months, and published a paper alongside my research advisor about some obscure chemistry topic. It got featured in a few small journals.
- 11-12th: I was accepted to RSI but due to 'rona, I attended it online. I didn’t do much this summer tbh.
LOR (not sure on which ones to submit):
- Counselor: Knows me very well, and my goals and persistence. She told me that she had never seen a student freshman year who wanted to take three classes in one summer. Definitely a good letter.
- Calc BC: Knows me somewhat well, but I was decent in her class and I participated in class a lot. Nothing extraordinary, but above average letter.
- APUSH: An amazing letter, I did very well in his class. I got the highest grade in the class, and only had a few non-100 assignments. I might even be one of his best students ever. I took it sophomore year but I still talk to him about regular life. Im not sure if I should use this letter, one on hand, it’s an excellent letter, but on the other, it’s not STEM.
- Research Advisor: Most likely a good letter, I had a lot of fun working with him and I still keep in touch.
Essays and supplements: Some of my supplements are good, some are average. My main essay is very good, I’m honestly super proud of it and I’ve been working on it for a few months. I had several people review it, and I’ve received good comments.
Other: I am a huge history buff even though I want to major in STEM. I love scale modeling and it’s my outside-of-school passion.