<p>Sorry, this is my first post, so I apologize in advance if I do/say something incorrect. </p>
<p>I am a rising senior in Southern California looking to begin the college application process. After doing quite a bit of research, I composed a preliminary list of colleges that seemed like a fit. I attempted to create a list that would reflect a balance of safety, match, and reach schools, but I'm afraid that I've picked too many reach schools and not enough safety/matches. Darn my ambitious dreams :) </p>
<p>Using the preliminary list below, I need to create a new list consisting of the 10 colleges (safety, match, and reach) to which I will apply. While I've talked to people, researched online, and attended multiple college presentations, I'm still not sure which 10 to pick and would, therefore, greatly appreciate all help. Comments, questions, suggestions, advice--pretty much anything as long as it's honest, respectful, and credible. </p>
<p>Personality: I am extremely active and truly enjoy a healthy lifestyle. I love to run, rock climb, swim, hike etc. Cooking/Baking is my hobby, and I am an avid foodie with vegetarian/vegan preferences, though I still eat meat occasionally. I also love traveling and am interested in learning different languages. I tend to thrive in smaller classes since I love to particpate and engage in discussions; I am outgoing and not afraid to ask questions. Interviews don't faze me at all, and I can admit that I tend to do well in them. </p>
<p>Schools (with my included comments):</p>
<p>Amherst (I like the idea of the 5-college consortium)</p>
<p>Boston College (no Greek Life is nice, and it has all 3 majors in question)</p>
<p>Bowdoin (It's the farthest possible distance from where I live now; my parents are skeptical of this and I suppose that this is a factor for me as well)</p>
<p>Brown (The idea of the open curriculum without general requirements sounds interesting)</p>
<p>College of William and Mary (i visisted, toured the campus, and interviewed)</p>
<p>Cornell (they have AEM instead of business?)</p>
<p>Georgetown (toured the campus; the college as a whole seems particularly strong for my interests)
University of Notre Dame </p>
<p>Stanford (good family friend is an alumni whose son attends the university; he gave us a tour, and i loved it)
<p>University of Chicago </p>
<p>University of Pennsylvania <a href="my%20mom%20is%20skeptical%20of%20West%20Philly%20for%20safety%20reasons%20but%20Penn,%20much%20like%20Georgetown,%20seems%20to%20be%20particularly%20strong%20for%20my%20interest.%20i%20know%20that%20this%20is%20probably%20a%20huge%20reach.">UPenn</a></p>
<p>A few other notes:
Academics As with many, this is my foremost concern.
Location I prefer the East Coast, but I have included a few Midwest schools as well. Im not really interested in schools in the South, Pacific Northwest, or California (except Stanford).
School size: Small or small-medium (10,000ish or below). I definitely do NOT want a big school.
Greek Life: I wouldnt mind if there was no Greek System. A little bit is fine, but I dont want a college experience dominated by sororities/fraternities.
Atmosphere: I love the feel of college-y towns like Cambridge (Boston). Conversely, I recently visited George Washington and NYU and found them to be swallowed up by the city. In other words, I couldnt distinguish where the college/city started and ended. I found myself much more enticed by a campus that had clearly defined grounds (i.e. Georgetown). </p>
<p>Business, International Relations, Economics, or some combination of these </p>
<p>Essentially, Ive narrowed down the list of possible majors by ruling out areas of study about which I am not passionate. So </p>
LOTS of math/science (i.e. engineering, physics, biomed, etc)</p>
<p>Then, I looked at the remaining options and focused on what appealed to me: </p>
<p>What was left: </p>
-(Im not interested in becoming a politician or what not, but I find International Relations interesting, and it often falls under a Poli Sci Major. If anyone has opinions on this, feel free to chime in, as Im still trying to sort out specifics in terms of my major )</p>
SAT I (composite and breakdown): 2170 (690 CR, 720 M, 760 W)
SAT II: Us History (710), Biology M (650). Im planning on taking both of these over, as I hadnt learned some of the material at the time of the test.
ACT: 29 Composite. (Ive taken it twice and received a 29 both times, but Im not sure of the superscore. I probably would send the SAT instead. I actually find the ACT easier than the SAT with the exception of the science portion, which I struggle with a great deal. I know that its logic rather than science, and Ive heard that its more important to just read the question instead of the entire passage, but I still struggled. Again, if anyone has an idea with regard to the ACT, please feel free to reply!)
SAT II: 730 World History, 610 Spanish.
Unweighted GPA (out of 4.0): 3.85 (My only Bs during were in AP Calculus and AP Bio during Junior year )
Weighted GPA: 4.33
Rank (percentile if rank is unavailable): top 10%. Not sure of exact rank.
AP (place score in parentheses):
o English Lang. (5),
o European History (5).
o Calculus AB (3)
o Biology (3)
o US History (5)
Senior Year Course Load: AP Env Sci, AP English Lit, AP Government, AP Statistics, Newspaper, Tennis</p>
-Respectable high school
o Newspaper (3 years, which is the maximum possible)Editor-in-Chief
o Track and Field (3 years, maybe 4)
o CSF (California Scholarship Federation) Vice President
o NHS Vice President
o Mock Trial Lead Attorney/Team Captain
o S.A.V.E. Environmental Club
o Surfrider Club Member
o Best Buddies (helping Special Ed kids) Associate Member Leadership
o Girls State 2010 (I was nominated this year and selected out of 5 girls nominated)
o Started working when I was 14 (rarity in my community)
o Country Club Junior Activities Coordinator (2.5 summers)
o Worked at an upscale Mexican Restaurant (1.5 summers) 40-50 hours per week during the summer
o Interning at 2 Law Firms (this summer)
o Dolphin Pride Award Gold Recipient (top community service award given at my school). 4 years and ~100 hours total
o CSF constant volunteering throughout the year..not sure of the # of hours
o NHS - constant volunteering throughout the year (especially tutoring elementary kids)...not sure of the # of hours
o Habitat for Humanity building houses for the homeless
o Meals on Wheels during the Holidays distributing toys and gifts
o I have worked or interned ever summer since starting high school. This summer, I also attended Girls State.
o I am very passionate about writing (despite the shorthand that Im using in this post ) and believe that I am capable of writing decent essays. Please do not mistake this for bragging, as Im simply trying to give an honest summary of my qualifications). I know that I will be at the mercy of the admissions committee in regard to my essays!
o I will probably get one from my AP Lit Teacher (also newspaper advisor) and one from my History teacher
o Shes wonderful and has done everything possible to help me for college! She also nominated me for Girls State.
o California State Multimedia Festival Winner 2007
o AP Lang Achievement Award
o Student of the Month
o National Finalist in Baking Competition
o Girls State Outstanding Citizen </p>
State (if domestic applicant): CA
School Type: Competitive Public
Ethnicity: White/Asian, but I have 1% of pretty much every ethnicity, including American Indian (just not enough to qualify for a scholarship haha).
Income Bracket: Top 2%. Please be respectful when considering this. I dont normally disclose my familys financial situation because of the judgments that normally ensue. I am very lucky and eternally grateful to my parents for everything they have done.
Hooks (URM, first generation college, etc.): Nothing serious </p>
<p>Sorry for such a long post!</p>
<p>I would be grateful for any feedback, suggestions, or any other helpful hints/personal or professional experience :)</p>