Hi everyone, I’m a California junior.
When I was 11, I emigrated from Russia to the US with no previous knowledge of the English language. I began school here half-way through 6th grade and now am almost done with my junior year. I am almost quatrilingual - Russian, English, Latin, Armenian (currently learning). This summer - internship at the Ministry of Economy of Armenia and will hopefully get a good letter of rec from one of the head officials. I will major in biology (pre-med), and work for the World Health Organization.
GPA: W – 4.59/ UW – 4.0
SAT: 2000 - goal score of 2200
SAT Subject: Bio and Chem in June
AP: Latin, Language, US History, Biology, Chemistry, Psychology (self-studying for AP exam, took non-honors psychology because school didn’t offer AP), (will take next year: Gov, Econ, Calculus, Literature)
** took Latin in 7th and 8th grade in jr high, took 5/6 my freshman year, AP during sophomore year
DUAL ENROLLMENT: World History, Health Education, Latin, Pre-Calc, Biology, Medical Terminology
*** at my school, students are required to take an Honors science class before taking an AP for the same science (we have the semester system)
Part of the Health Academy since getting accepted during sophomore year (program that exclusively allows students to take medical-field related classes like medical terminology); as a senior next year I will complete an internship at a local clinic or hospital
President of Health Occupations Students of America (treasurer last year) – organized 2 community-wide blood drives at school with over 100 pints of blood donated total
President of Model United Nations (secretary last year)
National Honor Society (since 10th) and California Scholarship Foundation (since 9th) member
Associated Student Body officer (11th), Senior Class President (12th)
343 hours of community service so far – nearly 200 hrs completed at the local hospital
News Editor of campus newspaper (10th,11th) – editor in chief (12th)
Part of the program at school that helps freshmen transition into high school environment – only 110 people get in out of 450 in my grade (11th)
Intended major: Biology and International Relations (double major or minor in latter)
I will apply to Columbia ED because it has been my #1 since a year ago and nothing has changed…
My hooks are: solid trilingual, have only lived in America for 5 years, summer internship at the Ministry of Economy, early interest in the medical field (Health Academy, HOSA, internship, volunteer work at hospital, etc.), strong leader in school community
I realize that Columbia admissions are extremely unpredictable, but any advice or suggestions from you would be greatly appreciated!!!