<p>Hey everyone! I am entering my sophomore year at Tulane University. Here is my dilemma: I absolutely love the academics at Tulane. I have to work hard, but I am doing well. I am in the honors program on a pretty decent scholarship. I find it to be a great fit academically, but I am not happy living in New Orleans. I have explored the city (the nightlife, food, music, etc etc) and really tried to give it a chance. Its a GREAT city, but it is just not me. At first I thought it was first year homesickness... but I have not really shaken these feelings. I have made great friends and had great experiences, I can't help but to feel misplaced in NO. I am back in the Northeast for the summer and I feel terrible because I am dreading moving back... maybe I am an ignorant northern elitist but I just don't feel right there. Its difficult for me to explain how I feel. I also have some issues with the school itself</p>
<p>As of right now I am planning to stick out the next four years at Tulane, but want to consider the option to transfer for the spring semester. If this is something I really want to explore, I want to start researching schools. Here is some idea of what I am looking for in a school:
- NYC, Boston, CT, NY area, Providence. It doesn't necessarily have to be in a metropolitan area, but I'd like an urban feel.
- a strong science program (biological/neuroscience) and specifically one known for having a strong premed support system
- a school with a similar "reputation" to Tulane</p>
<p>I would really, really appreciate any suggestions of schools that I would be competitive at as a transfer student. I understand that my chances at specific schools are different than they were when I was applying as an incoming freshman.
After the above rant (so sorry!) here is a BRIEF overview of my stats/ECs</p>
<p>HS GPA: 105/100 weighted. Top 10% of graduating class (we did not rank)
HS EC: (here is the extreme spark notes version off the top of my head)
- a lot of leadership (student council president, captain of 4 varsity sports teams, captain of mock trial)
- athletics: varsity track (4 years), varsity soccer (4 years), equestrian (12 years)
- accolades: about 10 different scholarships, a lot of academic awards from the school, honor societies, etc</p>
accolades: numerous honor societies, honors program, dean's list
- competing for the school equestrian team (my largest time commitment outside of schoolwork, definitely.)
- premedical society, american red cross volunteer
current volunteer work:
- have been volunteering in the emergency department at local hospital for the past 3 years. this summer, on top of volunteering, I will be shadowing physicians in the ER and will be assisting in the OR as well.
- volunteer at a therapeutic riding clinic (working directly with both kids and adults with disabilities ranging from autism to MR to CP)</p>
<p>From that very basic glimpse, what types of schools would I be competitive applicant? The only two schools I have in mind are NYU and Brown (I know this is a tremendous reach with my stats, and I am not anticipating going to an Ivy, but I like a lot about Brown and I wish that I applied the first time around) I just want to be extremely realistic this time around. You don't have to be necessarily specific; I would appreciate a general idea. Thank you!!</p>