Pretty Please...Chance Me! Ivies/Stanford/JHU

<p>Gender: Female
Ethnicity: Korean
Location: Georgia
HS graduating year : 2011 (current junior)
Financial Aid? Yes.</p>

<p>Class Rank: 1/430
GPS: 4.0 UW, 4.6+ Weighted</p>

<p>SAT: 2310 (800 R, 780 M, 730 W), 2380 Superscored (800 R, 800 W, 780 M)
SAT IIs: 790 Chem, 750 Bio (will take US History and Math in June)</p>

<p>Courseload: 15 AP Classes by the end of Senior Year
Psych (5), World History (5), Calculus BC (5), Chemistry (5), and Biology (5)
Taking 5 exams this year and 5 exams next year with hopefully decent scores. </p>

<p>Also took Calculus II (Linear Algebra) at Georgia Tech and Post AP DNA/Genetics</p>

<p>Other Academic:
AP Scholar with Distinction
National Merit Semifinalist probably (PSAT: 235)
Seoul National University Internship at a Cancer Cell Biology lab last summer
Emory University’s Winship Cancer Institute Internship this upcoming summer
Siemens/Intel Competitions hopefully... entering in the fall.</p>

<p>In School Club Activities: </p>

<p>Helping Hands: President & Founder (we had the fastest growth in membership, from 10 to over a 100 members in less than a year; we made sandwiches for a homeless shelter, had guest speakers, hosted a clothes drive for refugees, raised money for Haiti with t-shirts I designed, we’re in the midst of raising funds to furnish a home for a newly arrived refugee family…we’re all about raising awareness and getting youth involved in community service! ^__^) </p>

<p>National Honors Society: President
French Club: President
Leadership Club: School Service Tutoring Coordinator
Epidemiology Club: Vice President
Varsity Math Team and Science Olympiad A Team.</p>

<p>Music: </p>

<p>Mid South Flute Competition First Place
Florida Flute Association Flute Competition Finalist
Georgia Youth Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition Second Place; performing my concerto with GYSO in May
GYSO 1st chair flutist
School Band 1st chair and Leads Flute Sectionals
All State Flutist
Only high school student invited to Paula Robison Masterclass (all others were graduate students and Ms. Robison has soloed with the New York Philharmonic, taught at Julliard, and is now at NEC)</p>

<p>Outside of School Extracurricular Activities</p>

<p>Sunday School teacher for 1st graders and keyboardist (~50 hours)
IRC Family Mentor for Burmese refugees (~50 hours)
IRC English Teacher for refugees during the summer (~100 hours)
Fundraised $2000 to go to Burma; taught English and music lessons to underprivileged students at a music school (2 weeks, ~100 hours)
Korean Orphanage English Teacher during the summer (~50 hours)
Math and Science Tutor (~80 hours)
In School Club Activities (lots of hours...)</p>

<p>Leadership/Service Accolades: </p>

<p>Made the "20 under 20" list in Georgia for leadership and service
Cobb County’s Cobb Youth Leadership; given the Patty Mozley Award for Leadership (basically they choose 50 youth in the county to be part of the program, and 1 person is chosen for the award from the group).
School Service Award</p>

I plan to get recs from the Research/Internship teacher at my school who is also a sponsor of clubs I have leadership positions in and my Honors Chemistry teacher who sponsored the service club I founded. </p>

<p>Misc: Pastor's kid, low income, moved over ten times; Canadian/American dual citizen, can speak English, Korean, and French, and I hope to learn Burmese within the next five years (slowly self teaching myself at the moment ^^). </p>

<p>Chance Me: Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Stanford, Columbia, Brown, Cornell, MIT, UC Berkeley, Johns Hopkins, Duke.</p>

<p>Thanks Everyone! I really appreciate it! =)</p>

<p>Well it'd be better if you had more leadership positions but nevertheless, you've got great stuff. Great GPA, SAT's.
HYPS is a crapshot for everyone, but you stand a chance.
Columbia, Brown, Cornell, MIT are no different, but looking at what you have, I wouldn't doubt it all.
JHU is a straight in, and not that different from Duke.</p>

<p>Thanks for the reply! It's encouraging to know I have a possibility of getting into at least a couple of the schools on the list. =)</p>

<p>Oh nvm, ignore the leadership thing. I'd suggest focusing on something really important, and making it your hook.
Lol other than that, ur fine mate.</p>


<p>I agree with Honorlions. You have tremendous stats--GPA and SATs are spectacular, extracurriculars are superb, you're well-rounded to the point of genius. But of course, HYPSM are all a crapshoot, but I guarantee that you'd get into at least three of them. The "20 under 20" thing really pushed you into the other ones, I'd imagine. Congrats!</p>

<p>Please chance me too!
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<p>Thanks, and I will definitely chance you back :]</p>

<p>This is in response to your PM :) I think you have a good chance but it's really going to come down to tiny subjective factors, like essays and recs. Your ECs are great, but it sort of does seem like you're doing all of this just for the sake of a college app (it might not be, but it sort of appears that way when you've got them grouped like a laundry list) Being Asian, you definitely need to single yourself out from the rest of the pool with memorable essays and good recs. Objectively, you are fantastic... but the Ivies are always unpredictable.
Best of luck to you!</p>

<p>I think you have a great shot at all the schools listed, but it's fairly unpredictable. The only thing that's against you is your ethnicity.</p>

<p>Thank you for replying back! :) </p>

<p>I definitely see where you're coming from with the "laundry list." For me, I've always wanted to go into biology (such as M.D/PhD) while continuing serving in community service and music endeavors for the rest of my life... possibly even work in NGOs like Doctors Without Borders? With this in mind, I tried to broaden my horizon as much as I could -- hence the service clubs, the music competitions, and the research internships! </p>

<p>I really hope I do not come across like the typical Asian stereotype on my application.... do you have any suggestions to steer away from this stereotype other than writing a unique and truthful essay? ^___^</p>

<p>You certainly have wonderful odds wherever you apply. It appears that you have remarkably thrived despite the potential difficulties associated with diversity. I hope that you mention your extensive moving and worldly experiences on your applications, as it will indeed provide a set of conditions for your fantastic achievements. </p>

<p>In terms of demonstrated academic focus, I would emphasize your biological pursuits. As for the "laundry list" of items that you include, I feel that those would be better suited for a supplement resume to be submitted apart from the main application (perhaps loaded onto the "Additional Information" section). Use the application portion to convey a particular theme to your application.</p>

<p>hahahha, looking at this, im sure you will get 3+ hypsm, assuming write good essays ;]
if you get siemens/intel, even first round, id bump that to 4+ =p
I had much less service than you, 3 fewer aps than you (im assuming youll get 5s this year =p), and a 2400, but thats not much diff from a 2380.
You also have allstate flute, which is kind of a big deal</p>

<p>Harvard: Reach for anyone, but I like your chances
Yale,: Same as Harvard
Princeton,: Reach, but if you send in a music supplement, it will help a lot!
Stanford,: Same as Princeton
Columbia,: Low reach, but I think you'll get in
Brown,: Same as Columbia
Cornell,: Match
MIT,: Depends on whether you get INTEL. Being Asian hurts you somewhat.
UC Berkeley,: In
Johns Hopkins,: Match/In
Duke.: Match</p>

<p>You have incredible stats--so relax! So of course, your credentials are going to all be listed on your record, but I think the important thing is to not boast them all, especially in the essay (they can all be mentioned in the interview, though). The Essay is the where you come down to who you are in words. You have a ton of great activities, so I am not sure where your greatest point is (there are many, after all, but choose just one). </p>

<p>Sadly, there are no guarantees. HYP/Stanford are reaches for anyone, but you have a good shot. Good Luck!</p>

<p>Wow, very impressive stats! I would be surprised if you didn't get into any of those schools. You have sooo many impressive EC's it's not even funny.</p>

<p>I wish I could have done this sooner, but I promised myself I wouldn't log on to this site until junior year was over... I didn't know forums could be so distracting! ^__^ </p>

<p>But anyways, I just wanted to say thanks for taking the time to read my post and reply back with suggestions, comments, or even just encouragement. I really appreciated it :)</p>