I have no idea what a college will see in a student like me! I’m entering my senior year and with college apps and essays taking over my life where I’ll be accepted to is a mystery. I’m not an average student, but I’m not a special case; which is why I am reaching out here to maybe get some feedback on what everyone on here thinks I have a chance at, or if I stand a chance at all against my tentative college list. If I don’t please suggest where I should be looking (and throw out some safety school ideas)
SCHOOL: Giant and Public
ME: 2nd Gen European (speaks another language with parent #2)
GPA: 3.40 UW 3.622 W
High School: Big, sends exactly 1 kid to ivy’s every year, the rest go to local or state college.
SAT: 1880 (no studying, will take again, aiming 2100)
ACT/SAT Essays: 10
-All honors courses throughout high school. All A’s in all classes except I have gotten C’s in all math classes. My freshman year was rough with 3 B’s. *** My High school grades on a 7 pt grading scale where a 92% is a B, which really screwed me over because nearly all my bad grades would have been counted as a letter higher on a 90-100 = A system ***
-AP Classes: AP Chem B (3) AP Eng 11 A+ (5) Will be taking AP Comp Gov, AP Eng 12, and possibly AP US Gov. (school doesn’t offer many AP’s) I will be taking Psych and Criminal Justice at a stellar college this upcoming semester + more next.
–Pre-High School: Founded Middle School’s lead and seed club, choreography and musical theater
–Freshman: Honors Program, Honors Chorus, Musical Theater, Mock Trial, Debate
–Sophomore: Honors Program, Honors Chorus, 9/10th grade Student Government Vice-President, (I founded a school spirit program that has been very successful in connecting the school and is still going strong today) Mock Trial Chairwomen (did all presidential duties) Debate: Harvard Octo-Finalist, State Tournament Semi-Finalist
–Junior: Honors College, Student Government 9-12 Executive Board Homeroom, Mock Trial Chairwomen, Debate: Wake Forest Semi-Finalist, Princeton Semifinalist in two events, Harvard Octo-Finalist,Quarter-finalist at Yale, and the Glenbrooks. 3rd at Laird Lewis National Circuit Tournament (!!) 2nd in State, 11th at Tournament of Champions, 16th at Nationals
–Senior Year: (Yet to start) Student Government President, (in charge of running a very successful blood-drive program), Mock Trial President, Internships with Women’s care center, voter registration office, a lawyer that is yet to be determined, and hopefully some more campaigns.
-Went to competitive and prestigious summer conference/camp for empowering women leaders around the world (most girls were international) There I worked with UN ambassadors, Harvard faculty and mason fellows, and important politicians to create my program: a voter registration program on college campus’ pushing students to register to vote and combat civic complacency!! Its gonna be amazing. I’m really passionate about this. Hopefully I will also be able to create an internship program between high school students and court houses/new lawyers.
-Church Bell Choir
-Church Youth Program (480 hrs)
-2 Judicial Campaigns
-Internship with State Representative and Governor (also worked on their campaigns)
THINGS THAT MIGHT MAKE A DIFFERENCE?:
Until high school I went to a very small school in the country, then my mom forcefully transferred me to the city school she teaches at. I had a lot of trouble adjusting (bad freshman grades) Debate took me out of school quite a bit which was hard. My parent got in a bad accident the day before finals week last year and almost died/lost memory which was a big impact on grades/mental health. all this without being medicated for diagnosed ADD. I know I am going to have amazing rec letters from teachers and coaches etc and I am a very very strong writer. I think im at an advantage with my poor grades because they’re condensed to a specific subject (math) not spread throughout my transcript. What do you think?
Possibly Applying To: Barnard, Bates, Bryn Mawr, Middlebury, Mount Holyoke, Smith, Swarthmore, UChicago, UNC (Legacy), Wellesley, Simmons, Providence, UVermont, Emerson, Wooster
Intended Major: Political Science/International Relations