Chance me? RD to Harvard

<p>Academic Stats:
GPA UW: 3.80 (at least top 15% in class, school doesn't rank)
* took hardest classes available @ high school (8 AP classes), go to a competitive private schools, school sends handful of students to ivies every year
SAT 780 CR/ 780 M/ 750/ W --> 1560/2310
SAT II 720 Math II, 740 Literature, 770 US History
AP Scholar w/Honor
NM Commended scholar
Headmaster's list (9,10,11,12)
Representative for school at 2011 Student Diversity Leadership Conference in Philadelphia, PA (selection process, school pays for everything)</p>

Volunteer for state governor: around 400 hours during sophomore/junior summer</p>

<p>Paid intern for state governor (he is writing a personal recommendation letter for me): around 150 hrs, junior year</p>

<p>Mock Trial: runner-up state champions (9), state champions and national champions (10), state champions and 8th place in nationals (11) (around 450+ hours a year)</p>

<p>Science Research: 400+ hours in lab summer of junior year, Siemens semi-finalist 2011, planning to enter more science fairs/get more awards </p>

<p>Editor-in-Chief of school newspaper (12), journalist (9, 10, 11, 12)
**As Editor-in-Chief this year, I took the initiative to completely revamp the newspaper, from changing the name to redesigning the layout. I was also able to recruit a larger staff of journalists compared to previous years. For the first 2011 fall publication of The Bugle, over 75 articles, increased from 20 articles per newspaper edition last year, were published. </p>

<p>Volunteer at Nursing Home (9, 10, 11, 12)
**I dedicate around five hours a week to residents in my local nursing home. I aid residents in their day-to-day activities, devote time to bond with residents, and serve as the pianist for the weekly Sunday Mass. </p>

<p>International Club Co-leader (12), member (9, 10, 11)
** I organize events to encourage the student body to learn more about different cultures from our international students and speakers. Also, I am responsible for planning celebrations for international holidays, such as Chinese New Year and the Lantern Festival.</p>

<p>Coordinator, Volunteer at Local Library (10)
**I am involved in coordinating children activities sponsored by the library. I do this by contacting performers and advertising the events around the community. My time is also spent shelving and categorizing the library’s inventory and answering questions at the library’s information center. </p>

<p>Assistant English teacher @ a Chinese elementary school in Beijing (summer after 9th grade)</p>

<p>School Service Program: Volunteer at Chinese Immersion School (9, 10, 11, 12), around 1 hour a week during the school year</p>

<p>Member of the Chinese & Spanish Club</p>

<p>JV Tennis</p>

<p>Ethnicity: Asian American, BUT first generation to college
Will apply for financial aid</p>

<p>THANK YOU!!!!</p>

<p>you have as good a chance as anybody, which at harvard is about 10%. all I can say is good luck. you certainly are qualified and will do great things in college no matter where you end up, but at these ivies its just the luck of the draw, as you know</p>