I’m a rising senior with pre-med aspirations but a rather clear understanding that I will likely be another statistic that shows how most pre-med kids switch out, so the listed majors below are ones that I genuinely find interesting and will likely UG in.
(Hopeful) majors: Public Health, Neuroscience, Actuarial Science, maybe biostats?
- I am also interested in the PNP program (Philosophy, Neuroscience, and Psychology) at WashU
Female Asian American, parents earning ~230k per year (colleges spend more money sending me brochures than they will for financial aid lol). My parents are willing to pay for top unis but I know it’ll put significant financial strain on them (my dad’s new job takes him across the country after covid ends and he needs a house) and I’d rather them save that money for med-school, my younger sibling’s education, and/or retirement. I qualify for in-state tuition in Maryland and Florida.
- University of Florida is already on my list
I’m not very into extremely academic schools; for example, uchicago’s “where fun comes to die” kinda scares me (that on top of the vv low acceptance rate). A sense of a close-knit student community is a must! A high professor:student ratio would also be nice, though it’s not a deal breaker. Geographically, anywhere on the North American continent, though somewhere that gets ice-cold would be fun! I’m considering Canadian schools as they cost less and admission seems to be based solely on academic stats rather than the American mix of essays and extracurriculars and the elusive “fit.”
- McGill seems lovely (went on a campus tour freshman year and was vv taken by it) and UToronto would be chill except for the grade deflation complaints I’ve seen…
GPA (unweighted): 4.0
ACT (not superscored): 36 composite: 35 english, 36 math, 36 science, 36 reading
13 AP classes so far, 6 more next year with 6 dual enrolled courses at a local state uni (I’ve maxxed out my high school, save for the foreign languages and comp sci). I’ve gotten A’s in everything so far and mostly 5’s. Transcript is:
- AP Environmental Science - 5, A
AP World History - 5, A
Chemistry Honors - A
Algebra 2 Honors - A
Latin 2 Honors - A
English 1 Honors - A
- AP Art History - 5, A
AP European History - 5, A
AP Physics 1 - 4, A
AP Chemistry - 4, A
AP Statistics - 5, A
Pre Calculus BC Honors - A
- AP US History - 5, A
AP Psychology - 5, A
AP Calculus - 5, A
AP Physics 2 - 4, A
AP Language and Composition - 4, A
AP Biology - 5, A
Senior Year (expected):
- AP Literature
AP Calculus AB (for the GPA boost really;;; also b/c I’m likely not taking a math course…)
AP Physics C
AP US Government/AP Macroeconomics (they’re one semester courses each)
Intro to Philosophy
Intro to Brain and Behavior
Ancient Myths East and West
3 other undecided courses for the spring semester dual enrollment, might take ordinary differential equations if my friends taking it in the fall come out alive
Extracurriculars! Treat me kindly; I swear I have the best excuse: rowing~ Crew takes up my waking, sleeping, and all breathing hours.
JV Crew - Freshman Year: 24 hr/wk, 54 wks/year
- 1st in Freshman Women’s 8+ at Districts
- 5th in Freshman Women’s 8+ at States
- and maybe 2 more things at less significant regattas that I don’t remember
Varsity Crew - Sophomore to Senior Year: 24 hr/wk 56 wks/year
- in the 1st Varsity 8+ (top 8 girls on the team make up this boat) for Sophomore and Junior years, and hopefully Senior year as well!
- 1st at Districts (2020-21)
- 5th at States (2021)
- and more placed things that I can’t share b/c the names of the regattas have locations
Science Olympiad - Sophomore, Junior, Senior Year: 3 hr/wk, 12 wk/year
- 2nd Anatomy and Physiology at Regionals (Sophomore Year)
- 4th Water Quality at Regionals (Junior Year)
- 3rd Ornithology at Regionals (Junior Year)
- 5th Ornithology at States (Junior Year)
- 3rd Water Quality at States (Junior Year)
Local High School Volunteer club - Vice President, Sophomore-Senior Year: 2 hr/wk, 50 wks/yr
I got at 1510 on the PSAT so I think I’ll make National Merit come fall.
I also volunteer at a learn to row summer program for 40 hours each summer <3
I think that’s it! Thank you all so much, and if there’s any key info I missed out on, please tell!