Income Bracket: 150k+ (Will need FA and have run the net price calculator on most schools).
Type of School: Public I think it's a feeder school by some definitions on here? Some data if you could help me understand this. - 30 percent acceptance rate to UC Berkely (About 25 kids were sent last year). - 16 percent acceptance rate to UCLA (About 20 kids were sent last year). - 23 percent acceptance rate to USC. - 5 percent acceptance rate to Stanford. Sends about 10 kids to Ivies last year (not entirely sure, could be lower or higher).
Hooks (Recruited Athlete, URM, First-Gen, Geographic, Legacy, etc.): URM
Intended Major(s): Electrical Engineering or/and Finance
GPA (UW/W): 3.96/4.76 UC Capped: 4.32 Rank (or percentile): School does not rank. # of Honors/AP/IB/Dual Enrollment/etc.: 5 Honors + 9 APs (This is the most my school allows me to take). Senior Year Course Load: 6 APs
SAT: Not taken yet, but if I were to guess above 1450. AP/IB: This is my main weakness. I have two 5s, four 3s, and three 4s. How much of a hindrance is this to my overall chances?
1) Vice President of Health-Based Coalition [Kind of vague for privacy reasons.]
This was a club “founded” by 8 of in conjunction with an actual non-profit that services health-related issues in my local area (run by actual adults with full-time employees). In essence, our job was part of the advocacy campaign for this group and we conducted studies as well as built personal relationships with 6 city mayors and their council members.
Of those 6 cities, one of them has passed a health-related ordinance to our advocacy, while another is currently drafting the language to implement the restrictions. My job was communication/helping on the technical side to push the club forward. Can expand more if needed.
2) Intern at a Defense Company
Thorugh our school we were given the opportunity to intern at a major defense company and shadow various engineers in their work. Can’t elaborate too much on this because of reasons, but it was enjoyable and I learned a lot about the day-to-day work of an engineer.
Got some group positions that were highly sought after and was the editor for the company’s internal magazine.
3) Intern at a Chemical Refrigeration/Oil Refinery Company
Essentially I shadowed and helped engineers on the ground to install screw compressors at major refineries as well as design them in the shop.
The internship ended a little early due to the slow down of oil production with COVID-19, but it was a lot of fun even if it was manual labor.
4) Advocacy Foundation/Lobbying [Very Vague for a reason]
This also has to be very vague because this could be easily searched up. However, I was part of a team that went to the state government to argue (unsuccessfully) for changes to be made to how California’s public school system is funded, specifically our district.
We met with state senators and state house members as well as participated in committee hearings to change certain statutes in CA that were unfairly excluding certain communities for increased funds. As well as talked about the UC system and OOS students (some of the discussion was related to the recent law passed limiting OOS).
6) Spoke at State Education’s Association Event (Again Vague)
I got the opportunity to speak to and connect with several hundred teachers/students at a conference. Spoke about the related health advocacy I wrote about in 1) and was awarded an award for the presentation and work we have been doing.
Answered several hundred questions as well as talked to teacher union heads, parents as well as was invited to be in another seminar with other like-minded students who were advocating for certain ideas (didn’t attend).
7) Student Board Member on the District Board of Education
I have to be very vague here, but similar to 1) we have been working on instituting that advocacy campaign and restrictions district-wide.
8) Science Olympiad Captain - 5 years
Earned a few medals in my division for regionals. I could list them, but they are just 1st and 2nd place medals in 10 events (most of them repeated throughout the 5 years). Never went to state, but it was a fun thing I never really competed for.
9) CSF Board Member + NHS Treasuer
Our school is weird in which the California Scholarship Federation Board and NHS essentially run all the Honor Societies within the school (as you can see I am on both). We get more funding and more “power” essentially than even the ASB and Student President.
The students on the Board (including me) basically have “free reign” to manage the societies, in which we are watched by a teacher “council”. To get on this Board you have to go through two teacher council interviews. My “job” so to speak is to manage the 10k-12k funds we get from the honor society dues. (Yes, our NHS chapter charges 200 dollars a year + like having to make a semi-college application and has a literal scholarship program if needed).
10) Secretary of Junior Classical League/Certamen Events
Won top 5 in our state at certamen, and got first at regionals. Won 5-7 events 1st places in Latin literature and Classical history. I have two gold medals for the NLE, but can’t get the scholarship because of one silver medal in freshman year.
Set up events with historians like Mary Beard and other classical historians (our Latin teacher is an associate at Harvard).
My job was to log all books and manage finances for the club.
11) CyberPatriot/CTF Tournaments
I was put as a CISCO head for our team, we were top 100 nationally three times in a row, and we were top 20 our state once in the past. Never could get past platinum into the top 12 but it was a bunch of fun.
12) European Neighbourhood Policy And Enlargement Volunteer
Some humanitarian volunteering in my parent’s home country. Still devastated from the war 30 years later . Helped with building homes/roads, food distribution, etc.
List all awards and honors submitted on your application.
NLE, 2 gold medals, one silver. CIF for Cross Country/Won school award/multiple top 5s at meets. State Seal of Biliteracy in Latin Defense Company Best Innovative Idea Award (Again, very vague.) National English Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, National Science Honor Society One statewide one relating to 1).
Letters of Recommendation
AP Physics 1, 2, and maybe C Teacher - Known for two, and probably three years. AP Biology Teacher - Known for 4 years (also Science Olympiad Mentor). Latin Teacher - Known for 4 years. Defense Company Mentor - Known for 1 Summer. Counselor, our school mandates him to write one.
Not going to rate these considering they haven’t even been written yet and no one, not even I, will be able to see how they turn out.
We’ll see. That’s all I have to say on this really, I don’t think anyone can really judge it.
From what I have heard my weaknesses are my AP test scores, my lack of taking an SAT at this point, and not really taking anything directly related to either of the two subjects I am interested in majoring in (something like DECA or ISEF, research, etc.).
My main reaches are Berkely EECS, UCLA EE, and Stanford REA. However, I am looking for some matches here mainly.
I already have a safety school lined up/perfectly willing to go to CC and transfer to UCs if need be so that isn’t an issue.