Hi! I’m currently attending middle school (7th grade) in NJ. I’m Indian with some European ancestry. I want to apply to some elite boarding schools (like listed above), but I’m not really sure about my chances of getting in.
Grades: I have mostly As and some A+ (for this year and last year). I have gotten one B+ in English before and I’m not sure how that’s going to affect my admission chances.
There are only two placement classes in my middle school (math and English). I’m in the highest level math class there is for 7th grade (Algebra 1). I am also in the most advanced English class.
I have been playing squash for the past 6 months. I would say that I am at an intermediate level.
I have been playing piano for 4 years. I wouldn’t say I’m amazing, but I am fairly decent. I have been playing percussion (xylophone, bass, and other smaller instruments) for about 1 1/2 or 2 years. I am at a pretty advanced level for xylophone because I play it very often. Playing xylophone is one of my favorite things to do outside of school.
Last year, I was part of my school’s newspaper. I also did a public speaking club.
Unfortunately, the public speaking club at my school didn’t continue on so I joined the SLAM poetry club.
This year I did: SLAM poetry, FBLA, and a volunteering club (as well as my school’s concert band). In the volunteering club, we helped out a small school business (it was a small cafe) and sometimes we stay after school to help children with learning disabilities. We also went on trips with children who were on the autism spectrum so they could have exposure to new places.
Next year, I would like to start a debate team (because of my public speaking and presenting experience) and be the president.
SSAT/ISEE: I actually plan on not taking it because most schools I plan on applying to are test optional.
Interviews/Essays: I actually enjoy writing in general, and I like to write essays. I don’t think writing essays will be too difficult for me. Personally, I think I am a social butterfly and I can easily talk to just about anyone.
Other: I don’t think my parents can afford full tuition, but we also don’t need full support. (I would say we fall somewhere with 20-40% financial aid.) My mom has a really close friend whose sons went to pretty prestigious boarding schools (Deerfield and Exeter). I also heard that Asians are less likely to get in, I’m not sure if that’s true.