<p>Well, I'm a first timer on this forum... so I hope I don't get flamed or anything for asking a stupid question.</p>
<p>The only really good school I'm applying to is Stanford (Early Action) and I'm wondering if I have to apply to more colleges.</p>
<p>Current Colleges I Plan to Apply To
<p>I really do want to get into Stanford, but if I don't really have a chance, I may just apply to a couple more "fancy-ass" schools like Cal Tech and Harvey Mudd. So if you guys could take the time to evaluate whether or not Stanford is a "match?" or a "reach?" for me, I'd appreciate it.</p>
<p>Well, I'll run you my sad little story as fast as I can...
My sister, who is 7 years older than I am, is severely mentally and physically retarded (Cornelia deLange Syndrome). My mother and I have to take care of her 24/7 as she is self-abusive.
My father drowned when I was the age of 4. My mother will never remarry.
We survived off of Social Security benefits along with some help from my father's sister, who passed away September of this year.
My mother contracted a tumor and underwent surgery when I was entering middle school. I basically took care of myself because we could not afford a baby sitter.
We had no health insurance since my father died and our family suffers from numerous genetic ailments. I myself had three sets of upper front teeth that needed to be removed when I was six.
3/5 siblings in my father's side are now dead. All died before retirement.</p>
<p>Brief Statistics For Me...</p>
<p>10-12 Weighted GPA - 4.5 (Rank 8 of 600+)
9-12 Weighted GPA - 4.3 (Rank 16 of 600+)
Course Workload - Hands Down Most Difficult - All AP/Honors/Accelerated</p>
<p>All of the following tests were taken once only.
PSAT - Math -80 Verbal -75 Writing-74 - Semi-Finalist (Will take a long while to see if I made finalist)
SAT I - Verbal - 720
SAT I - Math - 790
SAT II - Math II C - 800
SAT II - Physics - 790
SAT II - Writing - 700</p>
Physics B - 5
Biology - 5
Physics C - Mech - 5
Physics C - E/M - 5
Psychology - 5
Calculus BC - 5
European History - 4
US History - 4
English Language - 4</p>
<p>Senior Class Schedule
AP Environmental Science
<p>Most Significant Extra Cirricular
Piano - 13 Years - Music Teacher Association of California - Certificate of Merit Level X (Highest Level)
-Competed in college competitions (3rd place Cal State Fullerton Piano Competition)
-Soloist for School Orchestra
-Annual Performances at Leisure World
-Play for banquets and charity events</p>
<p>Violin - 8 Years - Royal School Board of Music - Level VII (2nd Highest Level)
-Music Theory Level V - Highest Honor (Perfect Score)
-Concert Master for School Orchestra 4 Years In a Row
-Section Leader for numerous (prestigious) out of school orchestras (ex-La Primavera)</p>
<p>Most Significant Clubs(There are lots of other clubs/activities but I doubt the colleges care about just being "a member")
Future Scientists and Engineers of America - Public Relations
Film Club - Founder and Co-Director
South Orange County Car Club - Founder (Going through hell getting things legalized by the cops)
National Honor Society//California Scholarship Federation Member
School Senate - 12th Grade</p>
Private Tutoring (mostly random neighbors)
South Coast Hospital (I did very little, minor things. No open heart surgery for me =/)
Leisure World - Music Performances
Safe Rides - (Driving drunk people home)</p>
<p>Current Jobs - Worked Since 16, Now Work Two jobs, even during the school year.
In-Home Supportive Services - 25 hours weekly
Best Buy - Appliances (yea, it's funny to me too) - ~20 hours weekly</p>
American Express Financial Advisors - Receptionist
Mann Movie Theaters - Various</p>
<p>There's probably more junk that I've done but I don't think you guys want to read all this crap. I gotta know from you guys if Stanford's looking for a guy like me. All the money I make from my jobs goes to my mother for my very very precious car. I got a Lexus IS300 (5-spd manual Sportdesign for you car fans) and my ~$12K yearly earnings go straight to my pride and joy. I never even wanted to apply to Stanford up until about 2 months ago when my neighbor+childhood buddy told me MIT gave full scholarships to anybody that could get in... but whose parents made less than $40K a year. I'm not sure if Stanford's going to be the same.</p>