Demographics: US citizen, Asian(Chinese/Taiwanese), gender identity questioning (not sure I’m transwoman or non-binary), has been living in Taiwan since 2nd grade.
Hooks: Actually I’m not sure what counts as hooks. gender identity (?), 1st gen( my parents finished their college in my country. But both holds a graduate degree from US institutions, not sure am I still count as first gen)
Financial Situation: can afford around 10k/year
Intended Major(s): Geography, planning to double major in cognitive science
School: Relatively small but competitive public school . (about 300ppl /class) Top 20% of students usually go to the top 5 universities here. Only a few people from previous classes chose to study abroad.
SAT-1450 (EBRW:650, M:800) Only took twice, was supposed to give another try this summer by it kept getting canceled…Pretty anxious about my reading score. Don’t know if I should go optional or not （need some suggestions) Since I’ve left the states since 7, speak Mandarin at home and go to a Mandarin-based school, I think English is my second language. So maybe this gives some reasonable excuses for my low reading scores.
UW/W GPA and Rank: UW: 3.93/4.0 (upward trend) W: N/A; Class Rank: top 5%, but it’s not listed on the transcript
Coursework: National Curriculum, APs/IBsnot offered. Taking calculus since last semester
Took a gap year to Montreal in 2018-19 because my family moved there for a short period( roughly a year). : I’ve faced and surmounted many obstacles during that year. Through that year I also learned many things outside the school and found myself more independent and mature. A part of my essay is about this experience.
School Astronomy Club, Secretary, 11th grade.
School Ambassador Team, also Secretary, 11th grade: hosted many domestic and international visitors (before COVID)to our school. received a regional rotary club service award
Class Secretary, Since 11th grade.
Piano since 7, I hold Yamaha Piano Grade 7 certificate
Tech intern at a local charity organization. (Maintain and Update the HTML website, also editing videos for them. ) Since June this year, 120+ hrs
Volunteering at city animal shelter since grade 9( have paused for 1.5 years) 120+ hrs
Youth fellowship at a church in Montreal
1yr, we raised about 2k CAD in a Christmas fundraising for a local charity
Playing clarinet at a local orchestra in Montreal
- Semi-Finalist, 2020 Taiwan National Geography Olympiad:
- Finalist, 2020 and 2021 National High School Essay Contest: Both topics are related to my intended major ( Geography)
- Finalist, 2021 National High School Book Review Contest
- Finalist, 2021 Regional High School Science Fair: Also related to geography
- Finalist, Regional Mandarin Speech Competition
- 4-5 regional piano awards
Common App: About my personal growth and things I learned through the experience of growing up in the southwestern US, Taiwan, and my GAP year in Canada (9/10) If you are willing to give me some comments, pls DM me.
Currently working on the Dartmouth supplements
One from my geography teacher who assisted me in preparing for the geo olympiad. He knows me pretty well, but I think his English writing is just average… so ill give it an ( 8.5 or 9/10)
counselor LoR (She’s also an Eng teacher): She likes me and knows me very well (9.5/10)
Another one from a history teacher who kinda knows me well .(8.5/10)
Dartmouth is really my dream school since it has one of the best Geography programs in the nation (which is my interest).
Sometimes I just feel like I’m not good enough to get into an Ivy League school.
Pls give me honest comments about my chances.