<p>im a junior in HS</p>
<p>school-private high school, selective and challenging. blue ribbon school (one of top in nation)</p>
<p>GPA-my frosh and soph year werent fantastic by any means, and not to say i have an excuse but both those years i had a grandparent die and my dad lost his job twice.
overall GPA-3.4 (as of now)
junior 1st semester-3.4</p>
ACT-first time: 32
SAT-first time: 2100, second time: 2260</p>
frosh-took 5 courses, 4 of them honors (no AP's available)
soph-took 5 courses, 4 of them honors (1 AP available)
junior-took/taking 5 courses, 2 of them honors, 2 of them AP (only non honor/ap course is english, which has no honors option). Also taking an independent study this year on creative writing.
senior-will take 5 courses, 3 AP (again english has no honors option and AP lit isnt my bag, im going more for creative writing type classes. if you guys think taking AP lit will help me get into duke if i wanna major in creative writing english, let me know). Also will take senior FOCUS, which is a year-long course in which i will be intensely researching a topic of interest (for me its creative writing). i will not be taking history this year.</p>
frosh- co-head/founder of ultimate frisbee team/club, FLEA (my school's satirical newspaper) editor, lacrosse team
soph- co-head/founder of ultimate frisbee team/club, FLEA editor, lacrosse team
junior- co-head/founder of ultimate frisbee team/club, FLEA editor, varsity lacrosse team, varsity winter track team
senior- co-head/founder of ultimate frisbee team/club, FLEA editor, varsity lacrosse team, varsity winter track team, planning on starting up a free-write club (details not fully worked out yet)</p>
<p>awards/honors-have a short story published in a national sci-fi magazine, won a writing contest in my county (its for a magazine in the community college of my county). honor roll soph and junior year. CLASS RANK IS NOT GIVEN OUT AT MY SCHOOL.</p>
<p>comm service-60 total hours of community service, worked at/raised money for a camp for inner city, underprivileged kids this summer.</p>
<p>other-planning on attending writing college program this summer (pref UIowa, which is the most prestigious in the country. backups are UVA and Brown).</p>
<p>if i apply ED next year, do you think i can get in (i know my GPA is an absolute killer).
ALSO-would it be wise to get in touch with admissions officers at duke/heads of departments at duke and just give friendly updates or some **** like that, or is that only annoying and does that look desperate?</p>