<p>Say your stats are mediocre in comparison to most applications, (ex. 2150 SAT, 31 ACT, 3.78 UW GPA), you don't have over the top extracurriculars (You actually had a life in high school), and you're not a National Merit Finalist or a first-generation college. However, you have outstandingly creative essays, and obvious passion for an extra curricular such as photography? (in obvious I mean multiple county and state awards for multiple photos, published in a local newspaper multiple times, photographer and editor for the highschool newspaper, photo internship, and own photo business)</p>
<p>I'm just simply curious, do the ivies (Yale in particular- I've read they have the strongest program in fine arts) put a lot of value on someone who pursues their passion and lets their personality shine through, or do we all have to be valedictorians?
All opinions welcomed!</p>