SAT I (breakdown): 760 Math, 760 CR, 790 Writing (I took it only once)
ACT: 35 Comp; 36 Math; 36 Reading; 36 Writing; 36 Science (I took it twice)
SAT II: 800 Math II; 770 Chemistry
Unweighted GPA (out of 4.0): 3.97
Weighted GPA (out of 5.0): 4.67
Rank (percentile if rank is unavailable): Top Decile
AP (place score in parenthesis): APUSH 5; AP Calc BC 5; AP Spanish 5; AP Euro 5; AP Physics B 5.
Senior Year Course Load:
-Semester 1: College Philosophy course (A), AP French (A-), AP Eng. Lit. (A-), AP Chem (A-), AP Macro (A-), College Calc 3 Class (B+).
-Semester 2: Political Thought, AP French, AP Eng. Lit., AP Chem., AP Gov, College Linear Algebra Class.
Major Awards (USAMO, Intel etc.): National Merit Finalist, John Steinbeck Writing Award, NHS Bronze/Silver Service Awards, Outstanding Social Studies Scholar, Illinois State Scholar, AP Scholar w/ Honors, Gold Honor Roll for all 8 Semesters.
Extracurriculars (place leadership in parenthesis): </p>
<p>-JV Volleyball: Sophomore Year.
-Varsity Volleyball: Junior and Senior Year Starting Right-Side hitter (Captain), All-Conference, All-Academic, Regional and Sectional Champions.
Club Volleyball (Captain): 4 years and we came in 12th at nationals twice.
Self-Taught Languages: French and Italian Fluently, German, Russian, and Hebrew conversationally.
-Jazz Drummer: 4 years in school jazz band and multiple other musical shows.
-Foreign Exchange: I hosted 2 Peruvian students for a month and spent two weeks with a family in France.
-French Club (Treasurer): Organized loads of events, 3 years.
-Peer Tutor in French and Math: 2 years.
-Hunger Awareness Club: Member for 3 years.</p>
<p>Job/Work Experience:- I started a small tutoring business and created a Spanish course for middle schoolers over the summer of 2011.
-I worked at a Mexican bakery over the summer of 2010.</p>
-Hispanic Youth Services (Founder and President): I founded this organization which mentors, tutors, and fundraises for over 200 underprivileged Hispanic children at the beginning of my senior year.
-Volunteer Counselor for poor Mexican kids for the summer of 2011.
-I have volunteered at a facility that helps special needs kids ride horses as part of a hippotherapy regiment the past two summers.
-Over 200 hours of community service.
Summer Activities:- *several of the volunteer activities articulated above
-I taught myself French fluently in 3 months this past summer and was able to pass into AP French without ever having taken a French class before.
-I taught myself all about car mechanics over the summer of 2010
Common App Main: I wrote a fantastic essay about volunteering with underprivileged Hispanic kids this past summer inspired me to start the Hispanic Youth Services organization
EC Short Answer: I wrote a very solid few paragraphs about my passion for volleyball and how it has contributed to the relationships with both my family and my teammates.
"Profile" questions: I very carefully wrote each of these.
Intellectual Vitality Essay: I wrote a very strong essay about how the novel Atlas Shrugged has affected me both philosophically and ethically.
Letter to Roommate Essay: I wrote a fairly good essay about the importance music plays in my life as a source of both detachment and empathy.
What matters to you and why? Essay: I wrote a great essay about how the little moments of life shape have shaped who I am and included 3 very powerful anecdotes.
Teacher Recommendation: One from my Sophomore Euro teacher who said I was one of the best students he ever had, and one from my Junior English Accel. Teacher who really liked me.
Counselor Rec: My schools 2ndary education counselor, a nationally renowned lecturer about college, wrote a personalized recommendation, including my special relationship with her.
Additional Rec: A detailed, professional-looking, well organized resume
Applied for Financial Aid?: No
Intended Major: Material Sciences
State (if domestic applicant): Illinois
Country (if international applicant): United States
School Type: Public. VVVEERRRYYY Competitive
Income Bracket: 100K+
Hooks (URM, first generation college, etc.): None
Strengths: Foreign Languages, Essays, and Recommendations.
Weaknesses: Awards, EC Depth, and maybe Junior Year course load (I only took 3 APs and two accel. Classes)
Why you think you were accepted/waitlisted/rejected: I wont find out til March.</p>