I’m a 17 year old white male going into senior year at a small public school in rural New Hampshire (about 700 kids total, 180 in my class). Unfortunately, even though I consider myself a fairly good student, for several reasons I haven’t really done that well in high school.
My intended major is Political Science or International Relations with a possible French minor. I also really like photography and journalism but I’m not sure if I would want to pursue either for a career. My ultimate goal is to intern at the UN or Amnesty International or a similar organization, work with the Peace Corps or a similar organization, then eventually get involved in a political or human rights/international social work field.
I’ve taken the SAT once:
710 Critical Reading
I’m planning on taking SAT’s again in October, I’m hoping I will break well above 2000.
My school doesn’t make GPA or rank actively available but I think I have accurate guesses.
Unweighted GPA: I’m guessing around 3.5
Weighted: Guessing 3.8
Rank: Top 25%
Honors Classes: World Cultures and Geography, English
AP Classes: Chemistry
College Prep Classes: Biology, Chemistry, Civics 10th Grade English and Western Civilizations, 11th Grade English and American Studies, French 1, 2, 3, and 4. There are many more that I forget because I don’t have a transcript on hand.
I’m planning on taking an Intro to PoliSci class at a local college this year through a program with my school.
A Winter at the local ski area
Spring/Summer working on an organic farm
Amnesty International New Hampshire Student Activist Coordinator
I am the leader of my school’s Amnesty International group.
I’m the Student Activist Coordinator for the state of New Hampshire for Amnesty International. (I think this will help me tremendously, I think I can write a good essay on my experiences with Amnesty International as well as get a great recommendation from the teacher advisor of my school group) This is a major part of my life and is what most people know me for at my school.
I participate in my school’s Quiz Bowl team weekly, competing in competitions and such.
I volunteer weekly for the Bernie Sanders 2016 campaign.
I participate in Model UN.
I participate in and have held a leadership position in my schools Photography Club.
I’ve had multiple pictures published in local newspapers, mostly journalistic type photos of Amnesty International events.
I’ve Student Aided 2 classes, Darkroom Photography and Intro to Photography.
This includes helping the students with any struggles, teaching student 1 on 1 certain things, putting together class plans or presentations for the teacher, general upkeep of the art room and dark room. I would consider myself an intermediate-expert photography.
I don’t have any written yet but most teachers really like me and I think my Civics teacher will write me a good one as well as my Amnesty International advisor (mentioned above) who is an art teacher. I’m not sure if recommendations are usually supposed to be just teachers but my Amnesty International supervisor (her title is Senior Northeast Field Organizer) would also probably write me one if it’s appropriate.
Schools I’m considering:
New York University, NY (First Choice) I would be willing to apply ED if that would help me at all.
The New School, NY (Second Choice)
Bates College, ME
Colby College, ME
Boston College, MA
Boston University, MA
American University, DC
George Washington University, DC
Middlebury College, VT
University of Vermont, VT (my dad went to grad school here)
University of New Hampshire (Safety School, my mom went here)
Schools that I like but are a huge reach:
University of Pennsylvania
Williams College (my father went here)
University of Chicago
I’m really afraid my lack of real academic success will be a big detriment, I really wish I tried harder leading up to now.
That being said, am I being realistic in my choices? If not, suggest schools that are more realistic that are similar to my tastes? I highly prefer the city, specifically NYC (Manhattan), Boston, Philadelphia, Washington DC, Chicago, San Francisco etc.
A big consideration is money. My parents are divorced, my dad makes a good amount of money, however my mom is a self employed artist who makes very little money. I think I would need a lot of financial aid and since NYU has a reputation for being expensive that’s another reason I’m wary.
Anyways I think that’s everything, thanks in advance for any help.