<p>I'm a rising senior and looking to get a start on the college admissions process this summer. I posted a similar thread earlier this past school year but after noticing that the GPAs for my school (which is a large international school and I'm also a non-U.S. citizen, I'm actually Korean and female) and the ones for U.S. schools were drastically different in terms of how they were calculated, I recalculated my GPA. In addition, I also have a different idea of what I would like to do in life after high school. I'm interested in the field of appropriate technology, which is creating technology suited for a certain type of community, usually for rural communities or developing countries. This combines my interest in current events and the sciences pretty well. I'm not sure about which type of engineering would suit me best, though.</p>
<p>I'm looking for a school with:
1. A good engineering department.
2. Hopefully an equally good humanities department.
3. A collaborative, rather than competitive, atmosphere.
4. Not too urban, not too rural. I'd like a city to be reasonably accessible, though.</p>
<p>Personality-wise, I'm a bit of a nerd. Passionate about what I do. Shy, but I'm loud and sarcastic with my friends.</p>
SAT I: 2340 single sitting, R 760, M 800, W 780 (MC 80 E 8).
SAT II: 760 for World History, Math II, and Physics (strange that I got the same score for all three...)
UW GPA: 4.03 (4.33 = A+)
W GPA: 4.27
I have an upward trend in GPA, starting with 1 A+ and 6 A's, 2 honors my freshman year to 3 A+'s and 4 A's last semester of junior year. So weighted, I was a 4.05 then went to a 4.71. UW I went from 4.05 to 4.14. I will be graduating with what my school calls "most demanding" workload and will have taken a total of 10 AP's.</p>
<p>As for EC's, I do a lot of MUN, art (I've also taken 1 AP class and will take the 2D class next year), community service, and do an intramural sport once a week. I have quite a few leadership positions, 4 next year. I've been consistent with what I do in terms of EC's.</p>
<p>Any feedback would be great.
And just for reference, so far I've considered for REACHES:
Swarthmore, Stanford, Johns Hopkins</p>