<p>After completing my freshman year at Carleton, I have decided to consider transferring. </p>
<p>My undergraduate goals include: pursue a major involving Government, Economics, and/or Philosophy, while achieving relative fluency in Mandarin Chinese and admission to a top 20 law school.</p>
<p>Though I find Carleton supportive and challenging, I am concerned that the personality of the school doesn't fit. To be honest I am sick of attending a school that insists on celebrating quirkiness (which I have found to mean apathy towards physical appearance and celebration of anything unusual) with no name recognition, and few famous alumni.</p>
<p>I am considering transferring to: (in order of preference)
LAC: Amherst, Williams, Bowdoin, Middlebury, Pomona
Big Universities: Dartmouth, Cornell, Brown, Georgetown </p>
<p>I've participated in and have done very well in prestigious government activities (Boys Nation, Senate Internships) Unfortunately I am afraid that I am stuck at Carleton, largely because of my stats. I don't think I could have worked any harder this past year, yet I received a 3.5 GPA. Plus my standardized test scores are not that great (27 ACT).</p>
<p>My questions are:<br>
Do I even have a chance at transferring to any of the above institutions?
Is transferring worth all of the time it would take away from my studies?
Could I still achieve my goal (admission to top 20 law school) at Carleton?</p>