Please, chance me for my dream school. I can handle the truth!

<p>Hello. I am a rising junior at a private high school and I'm anxious to know what you think my chance of acceptance is. I'm in love with Yale, though I am realistic and know not to get my hopes up. I encourage your honesty!</p>

<p>I attended a public, fairly non-competitive high school for 9th & 10th and then switched to a private, competitive high school for 11th & 12th. Here, I will list my stats:</p>

<p>9th: B average, 10th: A- average, 11th: A+ average
Overall average: A- (around a 3.7)
My W GPA is around a 4.55. My current school doesn't rank. I have taken the most rigorous courses with the exception of my freshman year in which I only took 2 out of an available 5 Honors courses. I have taken more AP's (in school + self-study) than the majority of students in my class.</p>

<p>SAT I: 2360, Subjects: Literature: 800, Bio: 800, Spansh: 770, ACT: 35</p>

<p>AP's: Chem: 5, US: 5, Enviro: 5, Psych: 5 (self-studied), Geo: 5 (self-studied)
Senior AP's: Bio, Euro, Calculus AB, Spanish, English</p>

<p>Now, for my extra-curriculars.. Hopefully, it does not seem that I have spread myself all over the place. I'm interested in so many different things but I'm very passionate about everything that I do and I hope that this will be blatantly clear to admissions through my essays, rec's, etc.</p>

<p>Performing & Visual Arts: Starred in 5 shows (regional awards), Starred in 2 independent films, co-directed and filmed an environmental documentary & directed/filmed a documentary myself (regional awards), national photography awards, photography featured in local galleries</p>

<p>Writing: Editor-in-chief of award-winning literary and arts magazine, national and regional awards for poetry, a dramatic script, and nonfiction writing, Attended a competitive (to be accepted), prestigious writing workshop for young writers </p>

<p>Environment: Leadership position with nonprofit, national and global delegations (youngest to attend global ones), Independent study with group at school, honored in international and national competitions (as a group and individually), Work with school's Green Team</p>

Tutor for Spanish and English-speaking disadvantaged youth (2 years)
Theater with disabled (mentally and physically) children (2 years)
Have sold some photography to benefit charities
Volunteer with city's recycling department (3 years)</p>

<p>Your biggest weakness is your GPA, but I think they'll look favorably on the rising trend. Yale loves people strong in the visual arts so that's a plus for you. Scores are great, and the rest of your ECs look great. </p>

<p>I'd say you have a much better chance than the average applicant. Good luck :)</p>

<p>Sounds like you are very very passionate about your extracurriculars. Maybe find a way to tie them together... a common thread? You don't really seem to have a hook but all around your stats look good. I'd say you have a reasonable chance; Yale is realistic, but like for everyone else, it is a toss up because there are so many great students.</p>

<p>Thank you both for your replies. Gryffon: I hope that they do see that I worked harder and gained more motivation each year. My junior year truly shows my capabilities. Thank you!</p>

<p>Arreyn: I am! Hm.. I'm not sure. I mean, there are definitely similarities between some of my EC's like filmmaking and the environment, and acting and filmmaking. Also, my position at the environmental nonprofit involves writing and media relations.</p>

<p>Hi Natalie,</p>

<p>Sounds interesting! I'll be applying to Yale (SCEA) this coming year, and I dabble a bit in photography as well.... care to exchange portfolios?</p>

<p>GoldenCoast, yeah! That would be great. I'll pm you later because I'm exhausted.</p>

<p>OP, are your ECs current, or predicted?</p>

<p>Oops.. I think I'm younger than I am, haha. I wrote "rising junior" but I'm actually a rising senior, as evidenced by my age on my profile (17).</p>

<p>So no, my EC's are current.</p>

<p>Any more opinions?</p>

<p>Everything looks great, so now it's up to chance. Your ECs don't seem scattered at all, as you seem to have a focus on art/writing.</p>

<p>Thanks so much! I hope that Yale agrees :)</p>

<p>Bump, 10char.</p>

<p>Anyone else, please?</p>

<p>Is it just me, or does it look strangely familiar to : <a href=""&gt;;/a&gt;&lt;/p>

<p>Yeah, it kinda does.. Weird.</p>

<p>Actually, I'm pretty sure it's all the same person. Same GPA, SAT Reasoning, SAT II, AP scores, senior year schedule, same interest in environmentalism/photography (and same refusal to share your portfolio)/writing/performing arts (and I stopped here since I'm too lazy to compare both of them further). </p>

<p>You know, this is the third account you've used to post a chance me thread - the first being "bookwormer", the second being "mariella28"). I don't think others would mind if you just used the same account.</p>

<p>There have been more than just 3 for sure.</p>

<p>Your extracurricular activities and community service seem stellar to me; a portion of the decision will rely on your well-roundedness. </p>

<p>The only area in which I would recommend you improve in would be your GPA. While 3.7 is not bad, try and get it higher in your senior year.</p>