<p>Thank you so much for taking the time to read all of this:) I need help!!</p>
<p>I am a junior this year. I am from a small rural high school in michigan. I really need some direction as to where I should look at as far as colleges go. I am feeling very overwhelmed!. I want to go somewhere where there are opportunities for outdoor adventures (close to mountains and ocean would be ideal), where students are open minded and interested in things, where the curriculum is flexible yet challenging. I am interested in several fields of study: alternative energy technology/engineering, biology with some kind of environmental conservation focus, international relations, environmental or human rights law.....i really dont know at this point, but a college known for one or more of those areas would be awesome. I dont want to go to a super small school and i dont think i want to go to a really big one either. 2,000-15,000 students or so. Anyway I have pretty good stats:
3.93 gpa-unweighted some honors classes and 1 AP class so far, 11/145
32 on my ACT's
By the time i graduate I will have taken 4-6 AP exams. My school only offers 3 AP classes and you cant take them until junior year.
Lots of leadership through student council (executive board secretary for 2 years), NHS, Community Orchestra board of directors (usually only adults on the board), Key Club, Student-run music and arts promotion group, (we put on concerts and events for local teens)
Extracurriculars: 3 season athlete- xc running, alpine skiing and track every year. Violin..
Going to Brown this summer for a camp on alternative energy engineering and I am taking a class in alternative energy at a community college next year. Also taking french and history and maybe another biology class at the community college for my senior year
Also I converted my car to run on waste vegetable oil and i volunteered with the student conservation association (SCA) last summer working on trails in colorado (over 100 hours) and i am doing the same program this summer.
My family is very low income (<16,000 both parents per year) and I work at a bakery in the summer and a ski resort in the winter. I dont know if that is something admissions committees will consider. So far I have halfway considered selective LAC's such as middlebury or reed but i really dont know... any suggestions or guidance would be awesome.
Wow. That was a lot. Thanks guys.</p>