Does Living in TN Decrease Your Chances?

<p>I am a white female living in Tennessee; Vanderbilt is in Nashville, TN.</p>

High School: over 2000 students, fairly competitive, top 5% usually get into Ivies
ACT: 29
Class Rank: 25/500; top 6%
GPA UW: 3.7
GPA W: 4.42
9th: Spanish II (B) Algebra I (B) English 9 Honors (A) World History Honors (A) Biology Honors (A) Symphonic Band (A)</p>

<p>10th: English 10 Honors (A) Algebra II Honors (B) Geometry Honors (B) Chemistry Honors (B) Spanish III Honors (A) JROTC (A)</p>

<p>11th: AP English Language and Comp (A) Precalculus Honors (A) JROTC (A) Physics Honors (A) AP US History (A) Spanish IV Honors (A)</p>

<p>12th: AP Calculus AB (A) JROTC III (A) AP European History (A) Economics/Government (A) AP English Literature and Composition (A) IB Spanish 5 (A)</p>

1) JROTC: As a LET 2, I was promoted from cadet staff sergeant to cadet first lieutenant in the middle of fall semester. I assumed responsibilities as the S-1, handling all paperwork and information involving cadets, e.g., awards, personal records, and promotions/demotions. At the second half of the year, I was promoted to cadet major and held the positions of Battalion executive officer and S-3 Logistics Officer simultaneously. As the Battalion Executive Officer, I was in charge and responsible for all tasks the staff did, as well as train them to be more efficient and follow up on their tasks. My duties also included taking over for the battalion commander when he/she was unable to make an event. As the Logistsics Officer, I am responsible for planning all major events, such as the Veteran’s Day Ceremony, the Military Ball, the Awards Ceremony, and the Drill Competition. I am also responsible for completing reports such as the enrollment report and the end of the year report, which requires me to take note of all events that happen in JROTC that year, including ceremonies and volunteer work. At the awards ceremony that spring I won the Military Officers of America Association Award. I was also on the sabre guard team that year.</p>

<p>2) I attended JCLC, JROTC Cadet Leadership Challenge, at the beginning of the summer before my senior year. I held the position of squad leader for one day, and won third place for female PT.</p>

<p>3) Joined Cross Country and started on the Junior Varsity League. Made it to the Varsity League by the end of the season. I attended a five day running camp for cross country the summer before my senior year. My best time is 25:22.</p>

<p>4) Joined Track and ran the 3200 and the 800. My best time for 3200 is 14:57, and my best time for the 800 is 2:52. Made varsity on track.</p>

<p>5) Joined Pentathlon team for JROTC. Events include sit-ups, push-ups, pull-ups, 100 yard dash and a two mile run. Made the best scores for the girls’ team. I placed fifth overall for the season and the regional meet.</p>

<p>6) I am in National Honors Society, National Spanish Honors Society, and Mu Alpha Theta. I do volunteer work to benefit the school and the community through these clubs.</p>

<p>7) Held perfect attendance for the entire year</p>

<p>8) Active in the youth group at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church</p>

<p>9) Participated in Marching Band for 2 Years. Third Chair piccolo in both.</p>

<p>10) I just received an NROTC scholarship and have been placed in the unit at Vanderbilt</p>

<p>I also have a job at a fast food restaurant starting summer before senior year to present and work 12-15 hours a week. I give the money to my parents to help pay for car expenses, mostly.</p>

<p>I applied ED II to Vanderbilt College of Engineering; turned the application in one month early.</p>

<p>Recs: GC was generic but highlighted motivation and higher grades as years passed. Teacher recs from math and Spanish teacher; excellent, showed my dedication, as Spanish and math were very difficult subjects for me to keep top marks in.</p>

<p>Essay: I wrote about the eye condition I have called esophoria. It makes reading and retaining information very difficult because only one eye is taking information in at a time; most people who have this condition do not read for enjoyment and are in mostly lowest level classes. I got glasses to correct this the summer before my senior year. Essay highlights motivation and dedication to schoolwork as a result of this "handicap."</p>