Odd Applicant? Chance me!- lengthy

<p>Applied EA
GPA Not applicable
Rank Not applicable
SAT - 1910</p>

<p>Recommendations: Strong. I’m pretty close to one of my recommenders and both teachers know how I work.</p>

<p>Essays: Pretty good, wrote about moving but in a creative way. Other essay, I wrote about the importance of art in my extracurriculars
Counselor Recommendation: Strong, I assume. She has really helped me grow and I think we share a bond.</p>

<p>Freshmen and Sophmore year: I attended a school in Europe, where I was living at the time. They used IB scaled grades. I got pretty good grades but it’s hard to translate them to the letter grading system here in the States, so the “grades” on my transcript is not accurate and I have written to BC about it in my common app and my counselor has supplied copies of transcripts in her counselor statement forms.
EC’s are practically nonexistent due to the fact volunteer work is limited. I got more involved in volunteering at the end of my sophomore year (I volunteered in a daycare system). Clubs were non existent in the school I attended my freshmen year. The school I attended my sophomore year had more clubs. I was part of the Debating team and we were practicing to go to an international conference (i moved so i never go to go)</p>

<p>Sorry for the long explanation, aha.</p>

<p>Junior Year:
Attend a competitive public school in NC
IB Candidate (obviously…)
Hardest classes in school
Only one AP since I was taking IB classes- 4 on APUS(everyone thinks this is pretty odd considering I never took US Civics)
Had to learn a new language (French)
Very strong EC’s -
Model UN and Model Congress
Art Guide at Local Museum- helps my art oriented side
Multicultural Club
CAS Club - leadership position
A lot of volunteer hours
Piano </p>

<p>Senior Year:
Hardest classes
Co-President of Multicultural Club
On the Committee for a service learning organization
NHS (Could only apply senior year)
Art Guide

  • all other ec’s junior year</p>

<p>Other:
Half Malaysian/Half European
Can speak 2 languages other than English
Moved twice- three countries
Attended summer college program
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<p>I find my application to be very subjective. I’m hoping my essays and recs help me with my SAT score. Any thoughts? Super nervous about receiving the decision and I couldn’t help but to post a chance thread.</p>

<p>Dear jellybeans12 : Yours is a very difficult case. The only empirical data that you have offered is an SAT I score that is 100 points below where we like to see an average applicant and 150-200 points below where an applicant with question marks in their profile should be. Now, Boston College's admissions office is exceptional (and we do mean this) at working with International Baccalaureate programs and generally, you would expect that type of excellence in the admissions office from all of the Top 30 schools in the country.</p>

<p>Your profile brings a diversity to Boston College in terms of life experience that without seeing your essay is difficult to assess. As we have often said, we hope that you have explained how you make Boston College's Class of 2016 a more interesting group.</p>

<p>There are so many non-traditional elements in your profile (museum guide, multicultural experience) that a reader might be intrigued. That said, your lack of connection to any school activities on a sustained basis is the flip-side and, if you will, negative-side to the color in your profile.</p>

<p>You are correct - this is a bit off the beaten path. My concern is that BC's applications were up this year over last year - which can harm the off-beat application's chance for acceptance.</p>

<p>I will say this - your profile is intriguing and you sound like someone who might be very interesting in the College of Arts and Sciences. Whether the numbers all add-up is a very difficult call.</p>

<p>Thank you for response, scottj. I always see you on other chance threads, and you're always a big help.
What do you mean by "lack of connection to any school activities on a sustained basis is the flip-side"? I'm slightly confused. I understand why the statement would be applicable to a student who has attended the same high school through out, but I there was no way I could have continued my EC's, especially considering that my previous schools did not have many school clubs. The only way I really continued an extracurricular is from debating to Model UN and volunteering at a day care to volunteering at a children's play place. Will lack of EC's hurt me? I've always been worried about this, knowing that continuity of activities is seen more favorably in the college admissions process.</p>

<p>Dear jellybeans12 : The key point is to demonstrate a passion in academics and community service. When we were discussing school activities, that is one vehicle for demonstrating passion.</p>

<p>Let's change my comment to something with greater clarity : what occupies your time outside the classroom that you would like to pursue further in college? Newspaper publishing, yearbook editting, club or intramural sports, volunteerism for campus tours, telephone outreach, working with incoming freshman? Lack of extra curriculars is not a formula for failure - but establishing a theme helps to solidify how you fit into the campus fabric. Does that help or hurt our discussion? Let me know.</p>

<p>I understand. I feel like my EC's shows some sort of theme- I'm interested in culture, politics/social issues and I'm very active in volunteering. In college I would be active in service learning projects and Model UN/Congress. These are the things I'm most passionate about</p>

<p>Other than EC's, my background has always been a insecurity of mine when coming to college admissions. It's hard moving before the most important year in high school. I'm hoping I have a chance at BC</p>

<p>Thank you so much for taking the time to look through my post! I appreciate it, a lot.</p>

<p>I felt like updating my post, so here I go. I was flat out rejected, which I'm pretty bummed about. I guess those insecurities weren't so dumb at the end of the day. I was hoping to at least get deferred but I guess I wasn't right for BC. Goodbye, BC forum!</p>