Chance Please

<p>First, and foremost, the reason I'm posting this year (I'm a rising junior) is because I want to get an idea of what kind of schools I can shoot for so that I can start catering myself a little more towards them and work on things that need to be improved. With that said,</p>

<p>Schools I'm most interested in: Georgetown, UPenn, Tufts, George Washington, Johns Hopkins, although I'm open to recommendations for other universities/colleges as well.
Majors of interest: International Relations, History, Economics</p>

<p>Location: Honolulu, HI
Ethnicity: Asian. Sigh. I don't even have the benefit of being bilingual.
School: Really small private girls' school.
GPA: So far I've got just above a 3.9 unweighted. I don't have a weighted GPA yet because our honors courses aren't weighted and we're not allowed to take AP or dual enrollment courses until Junior year.
Rank: Our school doesn't rank, but I'm pretty sure I'm 2/25. Yeah, really small school.
Tests: PSAT - 197, PLAN - 30 (the PLAN test is out of 32 and not 36 like the ACT). I haven't taken the SAT I or any SAT II's yet, but I feel like I can do better on my SAT (and final PSAT) than I did on my PSAT and am planning on taking the US History, World History, and Japanese SATII's in June.
Course load: I've taken the most rigorous classes available to me up until now, but as I've said before, APs haven't yet been available to me. Next year I'll be taking APUSH (the only AP for Juniors) and at least one dual enrollment course. I'm also planning on self-studying for AP World (but I already have a good foundation in the subject from two years of study) and AP English lang. My senior APs will most likely be AP US Gov, AP Euro (which may or may not be offered), AP Japanese, and AP English Lit. Our school has a limit on how many APs you can take during Senior year. Usually it's three, but they make exceptions for certain students, and I'm hoping I'll be one of them. Oh, we only have 7-8 APs offered. </p>

<p>EC's:
Leadership: Student Council President (9th and 11th, hoping for 12th also), Student Council VP (10th), Recording Secretary for Serteens (11th, hoping to be President in 12th)
Service: Serteens club, Girl Scouts (will complete Gold Award before application), assisting with a children's aikido class (throughout high school and eighth grade).
Other: Aikido (A Japanese martial art - 7 years, will be 9 by graduation), Paddling (will be 3 years by graduation), Debate (will be 2 years by graduation)</p>

<p>Other Info: I have no hooks. I'm positive I'll have excellent teacher recs as long as my favorite teachers don't decide to quit. I'll have done National History Day at least twice (I made it to states last year and hope to go further this year). I've done a school year-long internship with an organization that brings in foreign exchange students from around the world and have also hosted a few times. Our school's Japan Wizards (a competition sponsored by the Japan-America Society of Hawaii that quizzes you on things like Japanese culture, language, government, etc.) team, of which I was captain, won one of four trips to Japan last year.</p>

<p>Thanks for any input :)</p>

<p>Your GPA is good. I really hope you do better on your SAT than your PSAT, because Penn, John Hopkins, and Georgetown probably won't seriously consider you for admission unless you have a 2150+, especially since you're Asian. :(</p>

<p>I think you've got some things going for you though. You're from Hawaii, you do paddling and Aikido, which are some interesting EC's in my opinion. The Japan Wizards things is really cool, perhaps talk about it in one of your essays?</p>

<p>If you have great essays, good recommendations, and you raise your SAT score to a 2150+ by the time you apply, you've got a decent shot at all the schools you listed.</p>

<p>However, I'd say that they're all reaches except Tufts. Try and find a good safety school that you'd be cool going to if you get denied by all the other schools.</p>

<p>Best of luck! :)</p>

<p>I think being from Hawai'i is probably an amazing hook. Your list is perfect, except that you just need a safety.</p>

<p>Thanks for your replies :)
I'll be taking a couple of practice tests in the next few weeks so I can gauge where I'm at SAT-wise at the moment. I am 99% positive that I'm above a 2000 at very least.</p>

<p>I'm probably also going to be applying the the University of Washington and William and Mary.</p>