Hello everyone, my name is Veronica and I am currently a Senior in NY! I posted in this group a couple of months ago and was met with incredible advice that really guided my college list revision and answered many of my questions. I wanted to reach out once again to see if anyone can assess my chances at getting into my target/reach schools, as well as recommend other potential matches (would like to get 2-4 more schools on my list)!
About me as a student: I am extremely passionate in everything that I do (specifically herbal medicine, dog rescue, and biology!), and my aspirations are to one day obtain my P.hD in neuropharmacology. The most important thing I look for when considering a university is research opportunities for freshmen students, particularly relating to the field (cell biology, neuroscience, etc.) I am on the search for colleges that:
- Has extensive research programs available to undergraduates (Major plus if actively pursuing research in psychedelic medicine and/or neuropharmacology)
- 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
- Public high school
- First-generation immigrant (Polish), Female
Cell/Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, Neuroscience (Planning to Double Major, possibly minor)
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 (34), Science (35), English (35), Math (33), Reading (32)
- Not submitting SAT
Coursework (AP courses)
*9th grade: All honors, students are not permitted to take APs
*10th grade: World History (5) (only permitted AP)
*11th grade: Psychology (5), Language (3), Biology (5)
*12th grade: Physics, Calculus BC, Chemistry, Macroeconomics
*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), Cell Biology: Cell-Cell Interactions (MIT EdX), Cell Biology: Transport and Signaling (MIT EdX), and will be taking a course in Biochemistry (MIT EdX) next.
*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 (3 years): Focus on herbal medicine and currently over $1000 in sales
*Practice yoga independently since the beginning of high school in conjunction with holistic medicine, meditation, and spirituality.
*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; Fostered 2 dogs, 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.), write crowd-funding campaigns, created/running an advocacy program, and much more.
*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 them, 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, filling prescriptions, taking patient history, following up on patients, training new ERTs, 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)
*Will attend a fall program at Burke Neurological Institute
*Completing therapy dog training (in 4-5 weeks) and will visit pediatric hospitals, senior citizen centers, and libraries.
*Not yet fully complete, but surrounds my journey with fostering, highlighting my love of volunteering and the profound effect it has had on my life
*I have a great relationship with both my AP Bio and AP Calculus teacher so am expecting great letters of recommendation
Cost Constraints / Budget
*EFC: $3,850, need to find a University that offers 90%-full-need met
- Cornell University (CALS) (applying ED, DREAM SCHOOL!)
- Johns Hopkins University
- Tufts University
- Brown University
- Boston University
- Brandeis University
- University of Rochester
- Colgate University
- Case Western Reserve University
- SUNY Albany
- Syracuse University
- Mercy College or Westchester Community College (last choice, both within commuting distance)