A long, long time ago (in our own galaxy), I took Cornell off my list.
It just simply wasn’t realistic. I know that Cornell is a reach for everyone, but I figured that it was just WAY too much of a reach for me.
(I still think this).
Yet, my guidance counselor doesn’t. I study at a competitive public high school, and we do have a few kids go off to the Ivies every year. It’s not a surprise that my GC would suggest that.
But it’s a surprise that she would suggest that to ME.
UW GPA Freshman year: 3.4
UW GPA Sophomore year: 3.4
UW GPA Junior year: 3.95
UW GPA senior year (so far): 3.89
We don’t submit class rank, but I’m only in the top third (like said, very competitive high school…but still).
SAT: Won’t submit. Due to COVID, I only had one shot at it (I didn’t know that I’d only have one shot when I took it).
EC’s: Drum Major for my competitive HS marching band (that I’ve marched in for all of HS), lead sax in HS Jazz Ensemble (also competitive), Eagle Scout candidate (finishing my project), etc.
Oh, and I work as an urban planner assistant for my town. My GC thinks that this will get me in…
It’s probably worth mentioning (if you haven’t guessed yet) that I’d apply to the Urban and Regional Studies program within AAP.
What do I have going for me?
- An upward GPA trend, a legacy, and a unique job working with my town’s urban planners.
What do I have going against me?
- A low freshman/sophomore GPA, not the greatest rigor (only 5 AP’s and maybe about 60% honors courses), and a 10% acceptance rate (unless I apply ED, but even then…).
I don’t think I’d have a prayer. My GC does, though…
What should I do?