Hello everyone, my name is Veronica and I am currently a Junior located in NY. I am an extremely passionate student that wants to gain a solid foundation in undergraduate school in both cellular biology and neuroscience and conduct my own research. I am on the search for colleges that meet the following criteria:
- Research university that has extensive research programs available to undergraduates (Major plus if actively pursuing research in psychedelic medicine and/or neuropharmacology)
- Offers Cellular/Molecular Biology, Neuroscience, and/or Pharmacology majors
- Is in the northeast or mid-Atlantic (within 6-8 hours of NY)
- Offers significant financial aid (90-100% need-met, loan-free) and/or full-ride need/merit-based scholarships
- US citizen, located in NY
- Type of high school (current college for transfers):
- First-generation immigrant (Polish), Female
Cell/Molecular Biology, Pharmacology, Neuroscience
Planning to Double Major and will be on track to pursue a Ph.D. in neuropharmacology
GPA, Rank, and Test Scores
- Unweighted GPA: 98. 86 (HS does not offer on 4.0 scale)
- Weighted GPA: 101.083
- Class Rank: Top 5% (not offered by HS)
- ACT Scores: Composite (33), Science (35), English (35), Math (31, retaking for 33-34), Reading (32, retaking for 33-34)
- SAT Scores: 1460 - English (730, retaking for 750), Math (730, retaking for 770)
*9th grade: All honors, students are not permitted to take APs
*10th grade: World History (5), only permitted AP
*11th grade: Psychology, Language, Biology (awaiting scoring)
*12th grade: Future classes, Physics, Calculus BC, Chemistry, Human Geo.
*Neuroscience and neuropharmacology: I spend a significant portion of my time studying textbooks and research articles, primarily the Neurochemical Basis of Neuropharmacology and the Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology. I have extensive notes on all of my studies.
*EdX courses: The Foundation of Neuroscience (The Brain) (Harvard EdX), and will be taking Cell Biology: Transport and Signaling (MIT EdX).
*Study of Herbal Medicine: I am currently taking a 2.5 year, 1000+ hour course at Chestnut School of Herbal Medicine (began mid-freshman year) and will receive my certificate of completion by November 31, 2022
*Etsy shop (2 years): Focus on herbal medicine and currently over $1000 in sales
*Practice yoga independently since the beginning of high school.
*Volunteered at Recycled Paws Rescue (~3 years): 7th-10th grade; Lead Volunteer, volunteered every Saturday for adoption events, responsible for guiding younger volunteers, answering questions, processing applications, writing for social media; independently fostered 8 dogs.
*Volunteering at A Good Dog Rescue (~2 years): 10th-12th grade; currently process applications, assist in the management of all social media platforms, manage Sunday adoption events (facilitating meet and greets, processing applications, going over contracts, etc.).
*Dog Rescue Club: President/Founder of interest/volunteer club mid-junior year for dog rescue. I have been planning this club for a few months and have over 20 members thus far. I am planning to train ambitious volunteers, educate, and throw plenty of drives, fundraisers, and events!
*Exam Room Technician at Veterinary Hospital: Began interning late sophomore year and was offered a position. I work every Saturday assisting in procedures/surgeries, fulfilling prescriptions, taking patient history, following up on patients, etc.
Some activities I have not yet accomplished but am planning to in the near future:
*Will be a member of NHS and NSHS Senior year (will apply for officer positions)
*I am currently in the process of finding an internship in a laboratory to perform research. It is extremely difficult, but finding one is my primary goal.
*I will attend a fall program at Burke Neurological Institute
*Completing therapy dog training (6 weeks) and beginning to visit pediatric hospitals, senior citizen centers, and libraries.
*Not written yet, but I am a passionate writer and plan to dedicate a lot of time to my essays
*I have a great relationship with both my AP Bio and AP Calculus teacher so am expecting glowing letters of recommendation
Cost Constraints / Budget
*EFC: $3,850, need to find a University that offers 90%-full-need met
*Cornell University (Best match, ED)
*Johns Hopkins (2nd Best match)
*UNC at Chapel Hill