Chance, please?

<p>Sorry, I know chance threads get annoying (I read a lot of them myself). But if anyone is willing to respond, I would GREATLY appreciate it.</p>

<p>Location: Little Rock, Arkansas
School: Private
Ethnicity: White
Gender: Male</p>



<p>SAT I: 2270 (690 CR, 800 M, 780 W [78 MC and a 9 on the essay]) [CR makes me a little mad, but oh well]
SAT IIs: Math Level 2 - 800, Chemistry - 800, Physics - 740
ACT: 35 (36 E, 36 M, 34 R, 34 S; 8 on the essay, and a 32 combined english/writing score)
APs: Human Geography (3), World History (4), Calculus AB (5), Physics B (5), Chemistry (5)
GPA: 4.0 Unweighted // 4.6-ish Weighted
Rank: School doesn't rank, but I'm in the top 5% of my class</p>


<p>Senior Yr Courseload:</p>

<p>AP Biology
AP Calculus BC
AP Literature
AP Language
AP Government
Honors Senior Thesis (we write a 50+ page paper in this class)
High School Band</p>

<p>I had 10 AP class and 8 Honors classes throughout high school</p>


<p>ECs on app:</p>

<p>Band (9, 10, 11, 12)
- Top band student
- All-State Musician - 1st band 3rd chair, trombone
- Section Leader
- Band President
- Jazz Band (10, 11, 12): Lead Trombonist
- Superior [top] ratings at statewide solo events</p>

<p>National Merit Semifinalist (probably will become finalist)</p>

<p>National Honor Society (and Nat'l Junior Honor Society) (9, 10, 11,12)</p>

<p>National Beta Club (and Nat'l Junior Beta Club) (9, 10, 11, 12)</p>

<p>Mu Alpha Theta (11, 12)</p>

<p>National French Honor Society (10, 11)</p>

<p>Science and Engineering Club (10, 11, 12)
- vice president
- organize activities</p>

<p>Top Score in National Chemistry Olympiad - regional and state
- I took the National test, but didn't place; I got an above average score (I got the flu, but I took the test anyway; I knew I was going to do terribly b/c of my sickness)</p>


<p>Summer Activities (Volunteering and extra band stuff):</p>

<p>Volunteer Work
- 141 total Hours (103 at a hospital, and 38 at a church)</p>

<p>Band Camps (1st band 1st chair at each of them)
- States represented at these camps: Arkansas, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Kansas, Alabama, and Texas</p>

<p>Honor Band trip to Hawaii - We performed at Pearl Harbor on July 4</p>



<p>"Something for fun" - I experiment with music (record trombone playing and then overlay my own piano, guitar, and bass guitar tracks on top of the trombone recording)
"Which program" - Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences
"World I come from" - how my dad has influenced me (including how he has impacted my aspirations - I want to go to med school and become a neurosurgeon)
"Something you created" - N/A (I didn't have anything to put for this one, unfortunately)
"Anything else" - I explained about my summer activities and about my thesis (I sent in the first chapter [12 pages] to MIT); I also explained that I will be sending a music supplement with a CD to display my experience on the trombone (hopefully this will help me in getting in, b/c I'm not too sure how "unique" I am to MIT w/o my music)</p>


<p>Teacher Recs: excellent
Counselor Rec: excellent
Interview: None
Supplementary Material: Chapter 1 of Thesis and a Music Supplement</p>

<p>Overall, everything was pretty decent. My SAT I reading is a little lower than everything else, but all my stuff for the SAT is within MIT's range. My ACT is better than my SAT anyway, so they should look at that more. My strengths are my stats (GPA, scores, percentile), but my weakness is not enough extra stuff. I have music, but I don't know if that'll be enough. I tried to make my application pretty strong.</p>

<p>Any thoughts? Thanks a bunch.</p>

<p>(my sickness prevented me....) did you really have to tell us all that, we dont need excuses, your probly in, idk CR isnt great</p>

<p>^ Yeah, that did come off badly. What I meant was I didn't think I'd do great anyway, especially with a sickness. It was really hard and long (i could make a joke right now.....), and I don't think I would have done much better even if I had been perfectly healthy.</p>

It was really hard and long


<p>That's what she said.</p>

<p>The CR score probably won't affect you at all especially since you have the 34 ACT reading.</p>

<p>I really have no clue about your actual chances, I just posted to say "That's what she said."</p>

<p>Haha, yeah, I definitely wanted to say that. I typed it and just shook my head in both disgust at myself and trying to hold back laughter. </p>

<p>My M+CR score is a 1490, which is above MIT's average. I think if they reject or accept me, it won't be because of my scores. I'm going to expect rejection (or try to at least) because if they do reject me, then I won't be disappointed, but if they do accept me, I will be thrilled. It's a win-win situation (or something close to that).</p>