I want to begin by saying that I have a spike in journalism/writing.
Grade: rising senior, ethnicity: Arab/African American, sex: male
Gpa: 3.5, hoping to get it up to 3.8 by the time I apply to colleges. Freshman: 2.8, sophomore: 3.3, junior: 3.5
Sat: 1475, Act: 32. I want to retake both, hopefully getting up to a 1500+ and a 33.
AP classes: Out of 12 AP classes offered, I am taking 8 between my junior and senior years. Junior year I only took AP Lang, apush, AP human geo. Senior year I am taking AP lit, AP calc, AP bio, AP psychology, AP gov. My junior year, I had all 5s on my exams.
Clubs: cross country for two years, soccer for two, track for all four. Journalism team (state qualifier), junior advisory board, nhs, yearbook, scholastic bowl, newscast and I organized and supervised a club were kids from a nearby middle school can come to my Highschool and play soccer.
My junior year, I participated in a yearlong program at a nearby university to learn advanced journalistic and filmmaking skills. We learned the arts from journalism majors and even pro journalists. This program took place at one of the best universities at my state, and is one of the most selective universities in the nation. I will be participating in the program again this year.
Also, this summer I participated in a highly selective, 5 week journalism/multimedia camp at another highly selective university.
I have interned for one major newspaper publisher (I had a connection to one of the editors there, and I was able to reach out to him personally and get an exclusive internship) and one local newspaper publisher. I have published articles on two very large online news websites and a local one. My freshman year, I was manipulated and traumatized by an aunt(reason why my freshman grades were so bad). One of the articles I published to a major outlet detailed accounts of male sexual assault survivors and shared their stories.
I have 80+ hours volunteered an a hospital.
So clearly I have a pretty good spike in journalism, but was wondering if I did enough to set me apart from other applicants. I know that Ivies prefer steam spikes , but I’m more interested in humanities and arts and I figure that a journalistic spike is less competitive than say, a computer science one. Also, I’m interested in applying to Princeton, Stanford and Georgetown.