<p>Though it doesn't make a difference to my CU application now, I would like to hear some opinions on my chance and some suggestions as to the schools that I should consider besides Columbia.</p>
Studying in Singapore on a full scholarship granted by Singapore government.</p>
Predicted IB points > 40. (maximum is 45, world's average is 30). School does not rank.
2300 SAT (800 CR, 760 M, 740 W).
760 SAT Literature, 760 Math I.</p>
Dance club (various full-length concerts, nation gold award, school's distinction honor).
Audiovisual club (team leader, coordinated major and minor events in school).
Directed, designed and acted in annual independent theatre performances.
Free tuition and counseling for neighborhood kids.
Community service trip to Cambodia.
Working unpaid as an elected moderator on a large music forum.
5-week scientific attachment at national research agency (significant in that it steered me clear of the science path).</p>
<p>Essays and supplements:
Personal essay on candies - teachers remarked that it was sweet :), subtle, honest, and true to who I am.
Supplements are okay I guess. A lot of time and effort invested into it since I am genuinely and reasonably passionate about Columbia.</p>
One excellent, two decent.</p>
I didn't speak English until I came to Singapore to study 4 years ago. And now one of the top English A1 Higher Level students in my class (the most rigorous English literature class offered by IB). Well reflected in the recommendations.
I speak Vietnamese (mother tongue), English (equivalent of first language), Chinese and French.
Decent contribution even though my family's income is far from the 60k mark. My family is pretty bent on this as well.</p>
<p>I know there are many differences between Asian and American education that make judgments hard, but I'm willing to listen.</p>