Hello all. I completed my first year at a college in the States. I am on temporary leave this semester due to the coronavirus. I am a student at a T10 LAC.
As a rough way to approximate/describe my credentials, I was accepted into Chicago, Columbia, Penn, Vanderbilt, Notre Dame, Washington & Lee, Pomona, and my current LAC.
ACT: 34. If taking the composite of the two times I took it, then 35.
AP Scores: U.S. History 5, Psych 5, English Language 5, World History 4, Biology 4, US Gov 4, Physics C Mech 5, English Lit 3, Computer Science A 4, Calculus BC 4, AB Subscore 5
I presently have a 3.7 GPA in college. I had a 4.63 weighted in high school and graduated at the top of my class.
Poems of mine have been published. I’m currently working on writing a manuscript of short stories, not that this has any real bearing on my application.
I am leaning toward pursuing English Language and Literature at Oxford. The alternative courses that would be of interest, if this is not feasible, are History (Ancient), Philosophy (Cambridge), and Religion and Oriental Studies. However, I’m certainly tilted toward English Lit. I’m a writer.
I took a course last semester in Medieval Literature and could likely acquire a strong recommendation from the professor of that course.
I’m worried about the effect of the 3 in AP English Lit. I have the requisite three 5s, but English Lit is pertinent for the course. I have the 5 in Lang, maybe that offsets? Would I still have a shot at English Lit course? The reasoning for the 3 was a combination of senioritis setting in, and a slight effect of it being the teacher’s first year teaching AP English Lit— syllabus didn’t really prepare for the exam at all, none of the intended reading lists were followed.
Thanks for any input!!