Help a junior figure out where she has a chance!

<p>Hey! I'm a junior and I'm trying to figure out where I should plan on applying so I can go visit as many schools as possible over the spring and summer. I realize this list does not include a lot of safeties, but please chance me for:</p>

<p>-Yale (top choice at this point)
-Princeton
-Georgetown
-UVa (I want to apply for the Jefferson Scholars program)
-UNC (Morehead-Cain)
-UGA (Fellowship Foundation, in-state)
-Swarthmore
-Williams
-Amherst
-Columbia
-UChicago</p>

<p>General stuff
White female at a public school in midtown Atlanta, GA. School has a solid reputation (sent kids to Columbia, Harvard (2), MIT, Brown, and Stanford last year) and is well-known for its publications. It's also a Title I school and about 70% African-American; there has been some speculation that this helps us out even us middle-class white kids in the admissions process. I'm interested in international relations and politics, particularly the Middle East. I'd like to go to a school that's strong in those areas but that also is good all-around because everyone says I'll change my mind. </p>

<p>Academics
Current Rank: 1/400 (this will probably change because I'm not taking as many APs as some others, but I think I'll still be top 5)
GPA: not completely sure but I think around 98 unweighted, 105 weighted.</p>

<p>APs:
-AP World (109 in class, 5)
-AP Stat (110 in class, 5)
-AP Econ (100 in class, 4 on micro)
-Currently taking APUSH (110 in class, planning on studying like crazy for exam), APUSGov (109, ditto on the studying), APLang (110, got a 5 on practice exam, will do practice essays and whatnot)
-Next year will take AP Comparative Politics, AP Lit, AP Latin, AP Calc AB, AP Calc BC, and AP Environmental</p>

<p>My other classes are pretty run-of-the-mill.</p>

<p>Tests:
-Taking SAT in May, hoping for a 2250; 226 on PSAT
-800 on World History subject test, will take US history, Literature and possibly Latin </p>

<p>Extracurriculars:
-4 years on speech/debate team. Served as social events coordinator last year, VP this year, will run for President next year. Sophomore year I won two national circuit tournaments in extemp, was state champion in extemp and impromptu, and made it to quarterfinals at the National Forensic League nationals. There are also some videos of final rounds I've been in that I will helpfully link to adcoms so they can watch me talk pretty in business attire. </p>

<p>-4 years varsity (top 7) cross country. We've been city champions for the past 3 years and I ran at state last year as a sophomore and this year as a junior. My times are just decent (5k PR is 20:02 on a VERY fast course). I also train fairly seriously for a half marathon every spring, but I'm not sure if that could go on the application anywhere...</p>

<p>-2 years on newspaper staff (it's only open to juniors and seniors). The paper is regularly a finalist for the Pacemaker award and is just generally pretty legit. I'm going to apply for an editorial position and since there are like 20 total the odds are good that I get something. </p>

<p>-4 years of Latin Club! Our junior Certamen team got 3rd at state last year. I did not buzz in on a single toss up and I'm not doing Certamen this year so I feel slightly guilty, but whatever. </p>

<p>-Gonna volunteer for Obama campaign this summer and next fall. The Democratic Party of Georgia keeps sending attractive college students to my house, and they say Obama can win Georgia in 2012 so it must be true!</p>

<p>Honors/Awards:
-Published on the Huffington Post High School website. Probably meaningless because they publish everyone who submits (I think), but it was pretty cool and my blogs were featured.</p>

<p>-Attended Governor's Honors Program (GA's is fairly selective and, I think, well-regarded) in communicative arts summer after sophomore year</p>

<p>-Silly project about plants went to state science fair way back in 9th grade. Would I look like a fool for putting that on an application?</p>

<p>-Wow I just realized how utterly award-less I am. Suggestions?</p>

<p>Essay ideas (do any of these sound like they might be on the right track?):
-Reflection on ridiculosity that ensued when I wrote a (VERY FAIR) story about the local Trader Joe's policy of barring students from getting free samples. They were highly offended and there was unpleasantness and threats of sanctions in the form of ending donations of cookies to the school. It was fascinating.
-Reflection on how my experience on the debate team has broadened my awareness of the class divide in the US. Many of my teammates come from families without a lot of disposable income, so when we travel we stay in very low-budget hotels and cut costs as much as possible; many of my extemp friends from other schools stay at Mariotts and have team dinners at Maggiano's. The juxtaposition is interesting to me.
-Discussion of cross country experience as lesson in teamwork. I haven't been especially successful at cross country but it has taught me SO MUCH about hard work and cooperating with people I otherwise would never even talk to in order to reach a shared goal.</p>

<p>Recommendations:
-One from debate coach and teacher should be very good. We get along really well and he knows I put a lot of time into extemp.
-One from cross country coach and physics teacher should also be pretty good.
-I guess my counselor has to write one but I wish she didn't cause I don't even know for sure what she looks like.</p>

<p>I apologize for being so long-winded. Please let me know what you think my odds are at all or any of the schools I listed, and suggest any schools you think I may have overlooked, especially potential safeties and matches!</p>

<p>Please? Anybody? I'll chance back.</p>

<p>Holy crap? How much weight does your school give to AP classes? Sorry I'm jealous of that ;) . Anyway, I don't see why you don't have a solid shot at Yale or Princeton or really any school on that list. Also, do you plan on running cross country in college because that could SIGNIFICANTLY help out in the admissions process. If not, I say:
Yale (top choice at this point)- High reach
-Princeton- High reach
-Georgetown- High match
-UVa (I want to apply for the Jefferson Scholars program)- High match, scholarship- High reach
-UNC (Morehead-Cain)- Low reach (because they're notorious for selecting a ton of NC kids), scholarship- High reach
-UGA (Fellowship Foundation, in-state)- You're in haha, Low reach
-Swarthmore- High match
-Williams- Low reach
-Amherst- Low reach
-Columbia- Highish reach
-UChicago- Low reach/high match</p>

<p>Hope this helps you in deciding!
Chance me now?
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<p>My school gives ten points for AP classes. It's definitely nice. I would consider running cross country, but probably only at a Division III school because I don't think I"m fast enough to even walk on a Div I or II team. Thanks for your help! I'll chance you ASAP.</p>

<p>Ahhh that must be very nice- the ten points. And thanks for the chance and the suggestion about the research program. Unfortunately, it is too far away for my liking (I'm on the east coast) and I was hoping for something that's four weeks or less. IF you know of any programs that adhere to such preferences please let me know! :)</p>

<p>If I come across anything I'll let you know!
Anybody want to chance me? I looked up the times for some of the freshman runners on Williams' cross country team, and mine are comparable to a few. Does that mean I could get recruited? Does anyone have any experience with running cross country or track at a Division III school?</p>

<p>Anybody, anybody? Please?</p>

<p>What about Brown, Dartmouth, Haverford for more reaches, haha sorry. How about University of Rochester, Vassar, Wesleyan, Tufts, Brandeis as matches? Or you could consider Bryn Mawr, Wellesley, Barnard if you at all want a women's college.</p>

<p>I definitely think I'll apply to Tufts. Their interdisciplinary IR/law program at the graduate level sounds awesome and I figure it probably influences the undergrad programs too. Whenever I consider safeties I think "May as well just go to UGa, hopefully get into the Honors College, and save a butt ton of money." Is this line of reasoning wholly ridiculous? Would a second tier private LAC be worth the money?</p>

<p>Bump... anybody?</p>

<p>Extracurriculars are interesting, maybe not extremely impressive, but good/solid. Grades/test scores seem fine. Your first essay topic sounds extremely bratty/first world problem-ish while your third one sounds cliched; don't do either of them. The 2nd one sounds compelling. Good chances for all the schools you listed, but not extremely impressive enough for me to say you stand a better than average among qualified applicants for the better ones (Yale, Princeton, Columbia).</p>

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<p>If you feel comfortably at UGa moreso than an LAC and it would make more financial sense than an LAC, then the honors program would be a better choice. (some "second-tier" LAC's still have good financial aid as well as some merit aid) If you feel better fit for an LAC, and it would cost near the same, then pick the LAC. Don't worry too much about if a school is "second-tier", worry about what the school offers, and if it offers what you want.</p>

<p>mathnerd1, "the Trader Joe's incident" is so much of a first-world problem it is ridiculous. That being said, I live in the first-world and I don't have third-world problems; what made the situation interesting is the fact that a branch of a major corporation was worried enough about a very silly little article in a high school newspaper to threaten to cut its meager support for clubs and teams. If I went with that angle (basically, how it taught me that the press is powerful) it wouldn't be very personal though. Thank you! I'll chance back as soon as possible. </p>

<p>PAGRok, I guess what I would like to know is whether the programs offered by an LAC are significantly better/different than those offered by UGa's honors college. I definitely need to do a lot more research. Do you know anything about the undergrad IR programs at any of the schools you mentioned?</p>

<p>I do not know much about them, sorry. I was not tailoring my list to IR emphasis, sorry. Completely my bad.</p>