<p>Well...I've been hearing people criticizing "chance" threads..i know it's relatively subjective even purely psychological. then again, i'm an international such that many insights are simply unavailable. so here i am . short and sweet, I promise :)</p>
<p>just a little bit of background: I'm currently studying in the hyper competitive Singapore but am a PRC citizen. Icame to SG alone at 14 after receiving a full scholarship by SG government. so i'm not a native speaker and none of my family members speak English.
okie...my basic stats:
SAT Reasoning: 2400
SAT subject: Math 2 800
WH : 790
Lit: 750 (well, i learnt these two subjects entirely on my own...school history course covers only, interestingly, the period of 1945-2000. i'd love to elaborate on this different approach in history learning if anyone's interested but right now i should just save the words...)
Curriculum choice: i don't have APs as they r not offered in SG schools...but I do have H3 subject in Game Theory,which means that we go to local universities and take classes with profs and take the same exam as the undergrads. i guess i've taken almost the hardest course offered by our school. Btw, i started learning English quite late (11) and attended no international schools prior to coming to SG. yet i took English Literature (and topped the level of 1000 people in two major exams) and History which is also a bit heavy in terms of language requirement...( I've got a keen interest in foreign language) well, does it make my curriculum choice in a sense more challenging than my peers who choose sciences...(i'm quite ok with sciences and esp math too)
my results are quite good...mostly As, some Bs ( usually when the highest in the level is only a B...) half above 97 percentile.</p>
<p>hope i don't sound pompous (well there is no reason to be just that i'm afraid my eagerness to explain my situation might appear so.)</p>
<p>ECs: well I have about three international 1st prizes in Mandarin essay writing, book review and literary composition. one international silver medal in Chinese public speaking (representing Singapore..) and one 2nd place in a national English debate championship ...
a few book prizes and bowls+math competitions..<br>
i was in Drama club and was the leading actress in one school production (my 1st year in SG) i was in Art Club too. but i have no leadership position in either.
Editor in Chief when i was in 9th grade in China (i started the school newspaper) +student council VP (but i have no major leadership position in the last two years.</p>
<p>So...that's mostly the basics about me. i'm applying FA for all schools ( middle-class...parents r both university teachers so not rich enough :)</p>
<p>I have drawn up a application plan...did not consider the rankings, mainly handpicked based on my own research (i'm quite alone in this as my parents know absolutely nothing in american higher education. So here it is (pleaaaase tell me if it is too ambitious)</p>
<p>I am a quite bilingual person and am hoping to have a broad-based liberal art education. this is because i've always wanted to be a journalist or TV reporter back in China. (hope it's not too cheesy but i do hope that i could be part of the voice that narrates this important page of our history...) </p>
<p>right now i am very stressed...our A Level is right at the corner and all applications stuffs are starting soon too. I feel quite alone in this. (living alone in a boarding school) sometimes i am so scare of failure cuz i've put in so much effort... the research into application process is so draining when the school operates in a different system... it would have been easy if i set my goal in a Singapore University, which is not bad at all. but since i chose the road less traveled by... I wanted the US so much because of the broad based education and that people believe in education rather than the technical value of it (at least in my perception)</p>
<p>I feel so drained now (sick and staying at hostel alone... now i'm guessing maybe i just want to have someone to talk to)</p>
<p>Wishing to hear from any kind hearts among you @.@</p>