For Chance Me:
(Safeties: Purdue, Rutgers New Brunswick Campus, Uni Rochester, University of Washington-Seattle Campus, Uni of Florida)
(Targets: Uni Maryland College Park, Uni Illinois Urbana Champaign, Case Western Reserve, Northeastern, NYU, University of Virginia, Georgia Tech, )
(Reach: Tufts (I might do ED), UMichigan, Yale → cuz I did YYGS FST program and it has like 20% accep rate so its selective? Perhaps I could nail a good Why Yale essay?)
For the Reverse Chance Me: What safety/ matches/reaches could you recommend me?
I would be interested in a co-ed medium/large schools.
I would definitely prefer urban/suburban…small town if its really worth it, but definitely not rural. I live in a city’s suburbs, so thats why I prefer urban OR suburban for the most part.
I don’t care about party life / greek life / frats. if it has it: O.K whatever… if it doesn’t have it: O.K whatever
I definitely value safe campuses and surrounding area to be safe (in the day time of course because nowhere is obviously safe at night).
The thing is I like tech and I like CS and if I’m going to major in CS I want to have diverse and many CS class options to go further than just ‘How to program in C++’ such as AI, VR, Machine Learning, etc which is why big or medium universities are better off for me just because they’re bigger in size.
Medium/ Big universities also let me pivot easier (I think, maybe not) let’s say I want to go from Tech to Finance/Business major/school I should go to a uni where i can do that.
Just for the record, I’m not a super math/sciency guy (but obviously since i have taken math and physics HL I have ‘capabilities’) and thus I’m also the kind of person that enjoys learning social science and soft skills, etc so I value being able to take classes in things other than CS/science once in a while such as social science, business, etc.
I also highly highly value getting internships, jobs, etc from top tech/finance companies and so those opportunities are important to me. Job experiences are important for me, also I don’t think I find doing research jobs/work super interesting.
I’m open to a small school IF you can prove it will give a good quality CS program with good diverse CS classes and manageable facilities… obviously I realize at my current SAT score (see below) i’m not so competitive against other CS major people and I’m guessing at smaller really technical focused universities I will be even less competitive? Or maybe my international status helps, idk.
Ethnicity: Asian, INTERNATIONAL (Japan) Gender: Male
Income Bracket: 250k+ → Thus I can pay upfront for college. i anyways probably wont qualify for financial aid
Both my parents basically went to community college
Country: Japan. Lived here my whole life, but I’m not Japanese.
High School: International IB Private School (Osaka)
Intended Major: Computer Science
W GPA: 3.9.
I had a 4.0 gpa freshmen year, 3.6/7 sophomore year, but rebounded well in Junior year with 4.2 GPA.
I don’t do any electives or take BS ‘free A’ classes and only take IB classes, so i don’t have much fluff nowadays in my grades GPA except for the weighting of IB classes.
No Class Rank at my schoolCourse
Rigor: Taking 3 HLs (Math, Physics, Econ). 3 SLs (Business Management, English, French). Predicted Grades are Math (5… yes I will try to improve to a 6). Physics (7). Econ (7). English (6). French (5). Business Management (7). TOK will probably get a (2) since thats the average for IB students. Note: predicted 7 is the highest and hardest to get for the subject. Mine all adds up to a 40 if my math improves from 5 to 6 which is good… I took rigorous classes like math and physics HL otherwise i could have gone full on liberal arts (easy classes for me) and just get a 45/45 IB score, but I took the harder route with more rigor especially since I’m doing CS and going for 40/45 which is still really good for IB I heard.
SAT: 1400 (680 EBRW and 720 Math. Retaking soon hope I can get like much much higher especially for math!!)… This is my low point for sure when competing against others in CS. I will be retaking my last test soon.
FIRST Robotics Team Founder, President, and Captain: I’ve put literally thousands of hours into building the framework of this club and also of course building my own robot. I’ve worked to make the club really prestigious at our school and not just be recognized as another ‘club’ to the point where we compete Nationally. I’ve pushed forward with more programming and robotics at my school since it didn’t used to be so focused on that. So I’ve really put this Robotics thing as part of my story. Honestly I did kind of have to run it like a business with sponsorships, diplomacy, leadership so I don’t think I should regret that I didn’t instead start a business for EC and experience.
Varsity Boxing. Was on team for 3 years. Put hundreds of hours (awards below)
Junior Academy: Was accepted to & current member of the New York Academy of Stem Sciences’ Junior Academy Program (10% Acceptance Rate). It is an internationally recognized academy. I have competed in the Big Data Challenge, Wildfire, and Natural Disasters Challenge sponsored by companies such ARM Technologies, Tencent, etc. I have done research with other scientists from around the world and been mentored by scientists. I have also published research and assembled deliverables to be judged. Was invited (and attended) to New York City to the Annual NYASS Conference to showcase my solutions (2018)
History Bowl Team Captain (been doing it for 6 years)
Vice President of the Amnesty International Chapter
I know multiple programming languages well: C++, Python, HTML, CSS. Working knowledge of LAMP Stack, JSON, Swift. I’ve worked on projects for my school like a swift app for my school website for a teacher, etc
Trying to get an internship at a Blockchain-Ethereum startup this summer. Idk how helpful is that?
Varsity Boxing 2nd place (x2) and 3rd place (x1) in many national tournaments
FIRST Robotics: 1st year got 5th. 2nd year got 4th place at FIRST Robotics Nationals in Japan. Hoping to qualify for internationals when I compete again.
Junior Academy. Was recognized by EARCOS for my work and got an award (I wasn’t ever a finalist for the competiton challenges though)
History Bowl: We were national champions. highest points scored in my school, MVP Award
Multiple Academic Distinguishments in Economics, CS Elective, Business Management,
Rec Letters: I’ve asked two really good teachers to write them, but right now they are not written as its summer for me. Obviously i’ll see how this goes as there’s a difference between good and excellent
Essays: Hopefully pretty good. I’m doing something unique and interesting and close to my personality.
Hooks: the FIRST Robotics EC ‘story’ + Junior Academy due to selectivity and prestige + Living in Japan my entire life, but being a foreigner + I know those aren’t like really huge hooks?