Hey! So I am a bit confused if I should ED (or even apply) to Cornell. I would really appreciate your feedback! For some context, I moved to the US about two years ago from the middle east. The move made my grades decline severely and I went from being a straight-A student to a student with Bs (AND EVEN Cs). I was in a completely foreign environment and being socially awkward transitioning into the “culture” at my new American high school was challenging. Not having English as my first language also put me at a disadvantage. On top of that, I was accidentally put into the wrong classes (for example I was put into IB Spanish even though I only had taken one semester of Spanish in my old school). Because of this miscommunication between my counselors, my grades went down the drain and I ended up getting 2 Cs in Spanish. ? I suffered depression for quite a while
But despite the blockers I faced in school I was able to do well with my ECs! I won a few international awards ($12k in prizes) for CS! With that I also started getting many job opportunities! I eventually got a summer internship with a CS professor at CMU. I currently work as paid intern for a startup that got their first-round funded :). I also have recently been offered a full-time Machine Learning Engineer offer with a ~100K salary!!
I know colleges like Stanford or Cornell might be quite “ambitious” for me considering that my stats might not stand a chance against other applicants but with my ECs/awards, I might have a chance? maybe? idk
My GPA: 3.5 UW - 3.9W
SAT - Taking next week (1400-1500 on practice though)