I’m a sophomore, and I know a lot of things could change between now and junior year. However, I would like a list of safety/match schools. I’m planning to apply to Harvard, Princeton, Stanford, U of M, UCLA, and UC Berkeley, but I think those are all reaches.
My GPA is a 3.9 UW and a 4.014 W (my freshman year was below my usual performance level). By this year it should be much higher because I’m in IB Diploma and almost all my classes offer additional weight. I got a 1390 on the PSAT, and with practice I think I can get my SAT score in the 1500s by October (new SAT, not the old one). I took the AP European History test and got a 3.
I plan to major in something Biology related (possibly with a focus on DNA?) and definitely minor in Creative Writing. Although I’m going to be on the premed track, and I’ve heard most people drop a minor because of the difficulty.
Euro Challenge, Captain: 9, 10, (plan to move on to the higher level, Fed Challenge for 11th and 12th grade.)
-This is basically like Model UN except it focuses only on Europe.
Environmental Club: 10, 11 (President and Founder, started initiative to get compost piles in our school. By this year we should actually have compost piles.)
Math Club: 11,12 (President and Founder. Okay, this was a joke in 10th grade, so I’m not going to say I was part of it in 10th. Just in general, my attempts to start up science related clubs fail due to a lack of interest.)
Science Olympiad 10, 11, 12 (Not sure whether I’ll include this in the college app because only me and a friend participate, making it impossible for our school to place. However, I continue to do it because the competition is really fun. Also, will colleges know if there’s no leadership positions offered in a club?)
Science Quiz Bowl 11, 12 (By the time I realized my school had this, it was too late to join.)
Book Club 10, 11, 12 (I’m only in this club for fun, I probably won’t include it in my application.)
Wattpad (A long time, but I made a new account in 9th grade. Not sure if this counts as an activity, especially because I lost all my following when I switched accounts.)
Also, I did minimal extracurriculars in ninth grade due to my mom’s knee replacement. She was unable to drop me off.
I’m in the process of publishing a novel (would’ve done this earlier, but it’s REALLY difficult to find people to edit your writing for free). I’m going try for a Scholastic Art and Writing Award, participate in Waksman PACS, and maybe publish an article in NHSJS (not sure if I’ll be able to find time to actually write the article).
-Lake Superior State University Biomedical Camp
-Central Michigan University Camp Med (there is virtually NO information on this camp on the Internet because it’s so new and focuses only on schools near the area, so not sure whether I should include it in my application)
-Covenant Hospital Volunteer Program (I’ve been wanting to do this for SO LONG. But you have to be 16.)
-I’m planning to apply to some prestigious research camps. I’ve been interested in research since 6th grade, but for all the ones I wanted to apply to, you have to be 16.
Sorry if this was a little lengthy. I’m new, and I was kind of confused on how to organize it.
But thanks for reading!