So currently I (8th grade) am applying to a few High Schools (majority boarding), my two top choices are Thacher and Andover. I am a little nervous as I tend to over contemplate and am simply wondering if my resume is good enough to get into these schools.
My brother currently goes to Thacher, my aunt works there, my cousin and other aunt are both alumni and my mom volunteers there.
For Andover, my grandfather’s sister and her three daughters all graduated from Andover.
My current grades are:
Comparative Religions: A
I am taking 9th-grade American History, Honors English, Geometry (Both am going to take Algebra 2/Triginometry over the summer, so I can start High School with Pre-Cal), Physical Science, Honors Spanish, and Religion.
So my Math and Reading scores are very high at 96 & 99 percentile. My Verbal is much less so, with only a 75th percentile. I have been studying SAT vocabulary (with my brother who is currently taking the SAT) and have astronomically improved my vocabulary.
Luckily, two of the classes I am academically successful in are English and Math (both coming naturally to me). Those are the two teachers required to write me a recommendation. This is fortunate for me as they both recommend challenges for me in their classes including Extra Credit. I am a fast worker and usually finish projects exceptionally quickly, so I rarely have homework, my teachers in both classes go out of their way to provide me with more demanding material. I would say that they both like me as a student and I am generally respectful (except for occasionally jokingly calling my English Teacher a boomer, and having too much coffee before class). In addition, my teachers are never hesitant to point out that I am a role-model student and encourage my peers to ask me for assistance if my teacher is busy. Currently, in English, I am writing a piece on Socialism vs Communism and the effects on society, basically why both, but mainly Communism has failed and is responsible for millions of deaths. I just finished a paper called “The injustices of the Electoral College”, I am very proud because my teacher wrote in my essay, “Simply incredible and flawless.”
Furthermore, my principal must write me a recommendation, she generally likes me as I volunteered to be a Tour Guide for incoming families and started the Environmental Action Committee or EAC.
My personal recommendations are from the former Dean of Students, who I have known for many years and the head of a charity I volunteer for.
My main sport is Track, I have times good enough to get into the Junior Olympics, but last year could not participate due to a major back injury. I run the 800m, 400m, 200m, 100m, long jump, triple jump, and throw the javelin.
My second sport is Soccer, I have played soccer since I was a kindergartener and am currently my school team’s rock at Center Mid. I have been selected for All-Stars Teams to compete for my county, and was accepted on a Club Team, but decided I would rather run track.
My final sport is Cross Country, every morning I get up at 6 AM and run 5-7 miles. I also go on hikes regularly with my family.
Arts & Music:
I am very artistic and have had several paintings/drawings hung in local businesses. I am currently teaching myself to play the ukulele and have already learned a few Beatles songs. I also am an intermediate chef, and I do say so myself can whip up a pretty delicious pastry.
Clubs, Activites, and Community Service:
I recently founded my School’s Environmental Action Committee, participated in the first-ever school newspaper, ran the first-ever Earth Day, and was Runner-Up in a Public Speech Competition.
I volunteer for Teen Court: A court where kids who have committed minor offenses will go instead of Juvie. I have also volunteered for the Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation, and have even designed a Board Game for patients. Through School, my class raised over 10,000 for Homeless People needing food and clothing. Finally, I am a Spirit Ambassador for my school, meaning I am a tour guide and get Community Service hours from that.
Two years ago, my home got destroyed in a mudslide, and I lost the life of one of my closest friends. This dreadful time in my life. Eventually, I have almost fully recovered from the emotional toll this has taken on myself and am soon moving back into my home.
I took a semester abroad in Paris. I grew an appreciation for art, especially abstract painting, which I now focus most of my drawing skills on, and am influenced by artists like Pablo Picasso and Georgia O’Keeffe. Furthermore, I learned how to cook and bake. I do not speak much French, but I do speak good Spanish and some Swedish.
I am a duel-citizen in Sweden and America, my father was born and raised in Sweden.
I used to struggle with Spanish so I took an internship at a Company in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where I got to speak Spanish in the workplace. I was able to overcome my challenge in Spanish as it was the hardest subject for me, now my Spanish is much better.
I used to have a speech impediment in the form of a strong lisp but went through many years of grueling speech therapy. I eventually got rid of it to my great relief, but am still afraid of Public Speaking, I am very proud that I won Runner-Up in my school’s Persuasive Speech Competition because when I get nervous, my lisp can return.
Sorry, that was much longer than I anticipated. I am hoping that I do not come off in any way or form, conceded or self-absorbed. I wish you the best day and would love to hear feedback to see if I may have a chance of getting into either school.