Hey! I’m a sophomore from Virginia and I’m starting to look into colleges to apply to and I wanted an outside perspective on building my list. I’d love some suggestions of schools I might not have thought of or you think I would fit into. I’m interested in political science/government, international relations, environmental policy, and social justice. I also want to go to law school too. I wasn’t able to take the PSAT this year b/c of COVID, but in the past, I’ve done ok at standardized tests. Price point doesn’t matter as of now, but good financial aid programs would be nice. The size of the school doesn’t really matter right now either, but nothing too small. As for location, I’d rather be on the coast in a more urban area or near an urban area. Think large town or bigger. I’ve lived in Wisconsin, so I’m ok with the cold. Location isn’t a deal-breaker. I’ll list my stats below and don’t be afraid to be brutally honest. All advice is appreciated!
GPA UW: 4.0 W: 4.7 (but I’m only a sophomore, so subject to change)
ECs: Young Dems member at my HS, Environmental Caucus member at VA Young Dems, County Student Council member, work part-time at my mom and grandma’s antique store, Model UN, volunteering for various political campaigns & at elections, starting a Mock Trial club next year, looking for internships/research positions at UVA during the summer.
I also row on my varsity high school/club team and I want to be recruited. I’ve won US Rowing virtual nationals and my 2k time is 7:51 right now, but I’m trying to get that down to 7:20-30 when training resumes. That’s a lot of time to drop, but I know I can do it. I scull and can row any seat but usually end up in 2 seat or bow. I can row any boat I’m put into. I’d love to row at a D1 school, but academics come first, so if I got into a dream school w/o the opportunity to row that would be ok.
Middle school I took Hon Geometry, Hon Algebra 1, and Spanish 1.
Freshman year I took Spanish 2, Hon Biology, Hon Earth Science, Hon English 9, Hon World Geography, & Hon Algebra 2.
Sophomore year I’m taking Hon Trig/Pre Calc, APWH, AP Psychology, Hon English 10, Hon Chemistry, Hon Horticulture, Spanish 3, & Art 1.
Junior year I’m signed up for APUSH, Hon English 11, Dual Enrollment Biology, AP Environmental Science, Hon. Math Analysis/Pre Calc, Spanish 4, African American History, & AP Microeconomics.
I’m a part of the Environmental Studies Academy at my public high school near Charlottesville, VA.
Demographics: white, female
My top reach/dream schools as of now are Stanford, Columbia, Duke, Georgetown, and UC Berkeley. I’d love to study abroad at some point too.
I’m open to any and all suggestions! Thanks and have a great day