Suggestions for a directionless person...Where should I go? :)

<p>I would love to hear everyone's suggestions!!
(this is my junior year)</p>

<p>white female - connecticut public school (no, its not a rich school, it's rather bad - we havn't had a National Merit Finalist in 4 years)
Current GPA = 102.6 (it isn't on a 4.0 scale)
Rank = 3</p>

<p>SAT will be in 1500s (oh wait, its a new scale...) i will get an 800 math
SATII Chem: 800
AP Chem: 5</p>

<p>President of MUN: 10, 11
Yale, Uconn conferences
JETS ("team leader")
JETS Team 2nd in division: 10
Jazz Band: 9-12 (saxophone)
Jazz Band High Acheivment award - 10
National Honor Society: 11, 12
Music Honor Society: 11, 12
Math team: 9-12
Dance classes: from age 3 to now...13 years
Piano since age 6
Regional jazz band: 10-12
All state band or jazz band (hopefully...)
ASBDA Band (Director picks you for it..)
"Work experience" for past 2 years - 7hrs/week
Community service at library and town "social services" (around 40 hours)</p>

<p>This year I'm taking :
- AP USHistory, ap Calc AB, ap Bio, ap English
- Band, honors spanish
Next year: AP Calc BC, ap Physics, ap English, ap Spanish (and honors civics and band)</p>

<p>Will take SATII in math IIC and maybe USHistory?</p>

<p>I'm interested in chemical or biomedical engineering and then a law degree - but i am not sure!!</p>

<p>Suggestions please on which schools would be good for me - I prefer an urban area, but don't let that limit you! Preferably east coast. Also, does anyone think that I would have an advantage at MIT since I'm a female? Are the top schools a possibility? (i can count on one KICK ASS teacher rec)</p>

<p>:) Thank you! :)</p>

<p>Yes, MIT does accept women at a more favorable rate than men. You seem like a promising candidate, although it's hard to say without a definite SAT score. Have you taken the AMC exams? It's a good way to see how you rank against talented math students your own age. <a href=""&gt;;/a&gt;&lt;/p>

<p>If you're directionless, now's the time to find some direction. At this point, don't worry about WHICH school to apply to so much as which TYPE of school will fit you best. You know you want an urban school and a school on the east coast - but that's just a start. Do you want a large school, a small school, a medium sized school? A school with lots of required classes or an open curriculum? A school where there are frats and sororities as a major portion of campus social life? A liberal arts school or a research university? A school where most students are conservative, liberal or a mix of both?
Is financial aid going to be an issue for you? What can your family realistically afford?
How important is the campus itself to you - when you say urban do you mean a school where the city is the campus or a school where the campus is separate from the city and self-contained? These are just some of the questions you need to ask your self. </p>

<p>You have excellent grades and should have a wide range of schools to choose from - at this point, you might just want to go visit a few schools - say a liberal arts college like Swarthmore or Haverford outside of Philadelphia, MIT, and perhaps your state's flagship public university. Once you see some of the differences, you will find you are not so directionless after all. Good luck!</p>

<p>Also, why chemical and biomedical engineering then law? Getting into top law schools is very GPA related, so make sure you can get a good GPA in your major. I agree with carolyn, look more into what type of school you would like most, you are viable at most top schools so make sure you like the school first.</p>

<p>"We havn't had a National Merit Finalist in 4 years."</p>

<p>hahaha... You don't sound that directionless to me. Anyway, I agree with the other posters, which makes me sort of useless here.</p>

<p>Thanks for everyones help! No, I guess I'm not that directionless...I was just looking for a title that people might actually read and respond to. Does anyone know of any colleges on the level of Swarthmore and Haverford, but in a more urban area?</p>

<p>I would look at the top schools of Engineering. MIT, Cal-Berkeley, Stanford, Michigan, Cornell, Princeton, Northwestern etc... For Biomedical, Penn, Johns Hopkins and Duke are also awesome. </p>

<p>But remember, unless you graduate with a 3.6+ GPA, you really aren't going to have a good shot at top Law schools and a 3.6+ GPa in Engineering is not easy to maintain.</p>