<p>What do you guys think of my chances at getting into Stanford as an unhooked international applicant? I'm a Singaporean chinese male hoping to major in Computer Science. My main worry is that I tend to approach things with the attitude of a dilettante - as such, I've mostly ended up being a "jack-of-all-trades, master of none" kind of person. This seems to be the exact opposite of what I've seen in international Stanford admits, all who seem to be extremely brilliant at one (or/and more) particular thing(s).</p>
<p>Anyway, here are my stats:</p>
[<em>]Math HL: 7
[</em>]Physics HL: 7
[<em>]Computer Science HL: 7
[</em>]Business & Management SL: 7
[<em>]English A1 SL: 6
[</em>]Chinese B SL: 7
[li]TOK + EE: 1 (meh.)[/li][/ul]
<p>Course Load: Definitely not the most demanding combination offered at my school. I suppose in terms of workload, my combination doles out a reasonable amount of work without being too lax.
Class Rank: Unranked as far as I can tell.</p>
<p>SAT I: 2360 (CR 790 / Math 780 / Writing 790) - Math is meh.
SAT II: 800 Math II, 800 Physics</p>
Do not require financial aid. (On a scholarship)
Parents have not gone to college before.
For the Singaporeans - Do not require deferment for National Service. (ORD in Dec this year!)</p>
1. Vice president of the Computer Club in my school.
2. Represented my school in national IT competitions: (Listed 2007-2008 stuff)
[<em>]National Olympiad of Informatics: Bronze Medal
[li]Network & Security Investigation Challenge (National-level IT competition): Runners-up (Team)[/li][li]Algo</em>Mania (Another national-level programming competition): Third place (Team)[/li][<em>]National Software Competition (Programming): Merit/4th (Team)
[li]HPC Quest (National-level programming competition involving computer clusters): Merit (Team)[/li][li]My team was ranked overall 3rd in the country after aggregation of the competition results by the organizer. (against ~2500 participants, although I'd wager effectively, my team was pit against against only 20+ teams or so.)[/li][/ul]
3. Work experience:
[li]Set up an e-commerce system for a small organization[/li][</em>]Designed and implemented a simple PHP/AJAX tag-based image search system for a client
[li]Administrator for a web and mail server at a relative's company.[/li][/ul]
4. Was a "non-commisioned officer" at a national youth organisation similar to the Scouts Movement.
5. Contributed code to several open-source emulation projects such as Dolphin and ArcEmu.</p>
<p>Do you guys think I would have a shot at Stanford at all, given the competitiveness of the international admits? My main beef with my profile is the string of runner-ups and merits; nothing seems to really stand-out.</p>
<p>Currently I'm considering between going for SCEA or just abandoning the idea of Stanford altogether and going for Carnegie-Mellon ED.</p>
<p>Would appreciate any and all advice from you guys!</p>
<p>Thanks a lot!</p>