The Time Has Almost Come

<p>...For me to apply to Princeton.</p>

<p>Steven ******
Address: **** W. ******* St. Phila, PA *****
Home #: <strong><em>-</em></strong>-****
Cell #: <strong><em>-</em></strong>-****
Age: 17, Male, African American
E-mail: ***********</p>

<p>SAT scores:
CR: 610
WR: 560
MA: 520
TOTAL: 1690</p>

<p>Now, I took these last January. I know i did horrible. I re-took them in October.</p>

<p>CR: 670
WR: 640
MA: 640</p>

<p>TOTAL: 1950</p>

<p>SATII scores: </p>

<p>Biology M: 640
Chemistry: 630
Math I: 620
Math II: 560</p>

<p>I know, abysmal, especially that math II. However, I re-took math II and chemistry in november. Here are the results...</p>

<p>Chemistry: 720
Math II: 640</p>

<p>Not stellar, but an improvement nonetheless. </p>

<p>ACT Score: 29</p>

<p>I knew i could do better. Retook. Got a 31</p>

<p>GPA is 4.0 and my courses senior year include:
AP Chemistry
AP Spanish
Honors Calculus
Honors Government and Economics
Honors English 4</p>

<p>I go to J.R. Masterman High School, who sends ALOT of people to top colleges.</p>

•National Achievement Semifinalist
•Participated in the George Washington Science Fair 2006, Gold Medal
•Participated in the Center City Regional Science Fair 2006, First Prize and the Certificate for Outstanding Presentation
•Participated in the Delaware Valley Science Fair 2006, Second Place GlaxoSmithKline Award, $100 prize
•Conducted research at the University of Pennsylvania on Brodmann Area 10 (October 2006-February 2006). This research was used to create the project “‘Your Nose Knows’ – An Investigation of Brodmann Area 10: Its Function and Relation to Memory Retrieval”
•Inducted into the National Honor Society (February 2007)
•Won the $1,000 Award of Distinction in the Multi-Media category of the My Philadelphia contest for the original song “My Philadelphia – A 3-Part Ode” (July 2007)</p>

<p>Noah</a> Beresin and Steven Vaughn-Lewis , "My Philadelphia: A 3-part Ode" | Philly | 08/21/2007</p>

<p>Noah</a> Beresin and Steven Vaughn-Lewis, "My Philadelphia" interview | Philadelphia Inquirer | 09/11/2007</p>

<p>•Received the Pillar of Service award for overcoming personal hardships and demonstrating outstanding public service (November 2006)
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<p>•Inducted into the Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica (November 2007)
•Participated in the 8th Annual High School Jazz Fest (Spring 2006)
•Participated in the Classic Festivals 2006 Festival of Music, Annapolis, Maryland (Spring 2006)
•Participated in the Fellowship Farm Program, an overnight retreat for honor roll students to cultivate leadership skills (Spring 2005)
•Distinguished Honor Roll from grade 9 to 11 (all terms)</p>

<p>Extra-Curricular Activities
•President of the African American Cultural Committee (grades 10-12)
•1st Alto Saxophone, Masterman High School Jazz Band (Fall 2005-Present)
•5th and 6th Grade Tutoring Coordinator</p>

<p>Work Experience
•Intern at the School District of Philadelphia, Office of Secondary Education (July 2005 – Present)
•Philadelphia Young Playwrights Assistant Judge (Summer 2004)
•Assisted in the organization of a week-long program for the instruction of AP Biology teachers at Edision/Fareira High School (Summer 2004)</p>

<p>Religious Involvement
•Unbaptized Publisher in the Strawberry Mansion Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses
•Member of the Theocratic Ministry School
•Active Participant in the Kingdom Ministry
•Attendant to the elderly of the congregation</p>

<p>So, am I up to par with the average Princeton applicant?</p>

<p>As you've realized, your standardized test scores are quite a bit lower than those of the average Princeton applicant, but the fact that you are from a minority group is a plus along with your fairly strong ECs.</p>

<p>By the way - the music link you provided gives your full name. You might want to erase it (it's not really necessary the provide the link to CCers, anyway).</p>

<p>You have a lot to be proud of. Also, as the other poster stated, the minority status will help since obviously Princeton seeks a diverse class. Reach for the stars; I have a feeling you will get there. Good luck.</p>

<p>I think they should notice your great improvement on SATs, even if it's not 2300+ oh my..</p>

<p>woah dude your my philadelphia song was awesome!
is there anyway i can download it?</p>

<p>Biology M: 640
Chemistry: 630
Math I: 620
Math II: 560
GPA is 4.0</p>

<p>:-/, takes away any credit that would come with a typical 4.0</p>

<p>I agree with 1MX regarding 4.0 versus scores. Bigger issue may be how many African American's at J.R. Masterman High School have better test scores and similar EC's and want to go to Princeton? On the other hand, maybe the song is the hook.</p>

<p>*Biology M: 640
Chemistry: 630
Math I: 620
Math II: 560
GPA is 4.0</p>

<p>:-/, takes away any credit that would come with a typical 4.0*</p>

<p>Yea, but I re-took my 560 math II SATII and got a 640.
And I re-took my 630 chem SATII and got a 720.</p>

<p>Still not amazingly high, but an improvement nonetheless...</p>

<p>and about that Bio score.....i freakin took the Bio SATII in 9th grade....i did NOT know what the hell I was doing back then, I wasn't even considering colleges, let alone Princeton, so when my teachers told me that 640 was an okay score, i just left it at that. Why the hell I settled for a 640 when Bio is my favorite subject, i don't know. I probably could take it again right this moment (after not taking it since 9th grade) and get the same score. i'm terrible at standardized testing. I hate it with a passion. i'm sure that princeton, or any other school isn't going to take that as an excuse and i'm not offering that as an excuse, but its the truth. oh well, haha.</p>

<p>and i reeeealy wish i could edit my original post and delete my full name. i shoulda paid more attention while copy/pasting my resume lmao!</p>