I am planning on applying ED to Hamilton this fall and I wanted to get your all’s take on my chances. I am looking to go into Political Science and/or International Relations.
GPA 3.41 /4.0 (no AP or honours classes offered at school)
ACT 31 (reading-34 english-33 math-27 science-28) ideally will be taking again and can superscore
I go to a fairly well known boarding school (the putney school)
Extracurriculars (definitely a strength)
Model UN- cofounded my school’s club and won awards at several high school conferences including Harvard and MIT. participated all 4 years
Journalism- cofounded my school’s student newspaper and served as editor for 2 years
Basketball- Played varsity all 4 years. Not good enough to be a recruited athlete though
Politcal groups- Member of the policy research team of Virginia High schoolers for Biden (I’m from Virginia). Cofounded Putney (my school) for biden.
US Youth ambassadors program- prestigious fully funded Summer program through the US state department, amigos de las Americas, world learning, and Georgetown university. Selected to travel to ecuador over the summer, program was conducted virtually due to covid and trip was postponed to summer 2021.
Student leadership- Tour guide (pretty self explanatory), Dorm head (also pretty self explanatory), International ambassador (helped welcome new international students to my school), Student Trustee (served on my high school’s board of trustees as a full voting member) and Educational programs committee (reviewed new course proposals, independent study proposals, and other academic matters).
Summer camp counselor- also pretty self explanatory
Took an online summer class through American University titled Fundamentals of Law, received an A and 1 college credit.
Spent a trimester learning Spanish in Cuernavaca, Mexico
I think my recommendations will be really solid. I asked a history teacher who was also my model UN faculty advisor and a math teacher whose class I grew a lot in. My counselor is also known for writing really good letters.
The GPA has been going up. I am also going to disclose that I have dysgraphia, which affected my academic performance especially early on.
Let me know what you think my chances are, and if there are others schools I should check out!