Updated Chance Thread URM Please Chance, will chance back!

<p>Please Chance me! I'll Chance Back!</p>

<p>Personal Factors
-Intended Major: Civil Engineering!
-Family Income:$10,000
-Ethnicity:Latino (Peruvian)
-From New York City (Queens)
-First Generation going to College</p>

<p>The Numbers:
-GPA: 3.61 (90.49%)
-SAT CR: 670 (took it twice this was my best score, the first time I got a 540)
-SAT M: 680 (took it twice this was my best score, the first time I got a 640)
-SAT W: 640 (again took it twice this was my best score, the first time I got a 600)
-SATII Physics: 610
-SATII Math 1: 620</p>

<p>APs:
-AP Computer Science A (I got a 4)
-AP World History (I got a 4)
-AP Spanish (Didn't take the test yet)
-AP Statistics (Didn't take the test yet)</p>

<p>High School:
-Townsend Harris High School (very, very competitive)</p>

<p>Curriculum:
All honors courses and APs since freshman year. I am also a year a head in math and science (I took two regents in middle school). I am also in a bridge year program with Queens College that is allowing me to take 2 Queens college classes per semester this year. At Queens College I am currently taking Freshman Humanities Seminar (HTH101) and The Physics of Sound (PHYS007). I am also doing a Robotics independent study</p>

<p>Current Classes:
-AP Statistics (AP)
-AP Spanish (AP)
-HTH 101 Freshman Humanities Seminar (Queens College)
-PHYS 007 The Physics of Sound
-Advance Topics In Science (Honors)
-Advanced Robotics (Independent Study/Honors)
-Weight Management (Gym)
-Participatory Democracy (Honors)</p>

<p>Extra Curricular Activities:
-US FIRST Robotics team member (I'm the captain of our teams programming division, been on since the second year the team started, 2 years counting this year)
-I amateur box (yes box, 4 years, was 280 pounds (lots of fat) and now am 228 (lots muscle) and still dropping),
-American Computer Science League (3 years),
-200 hours community service with New Immigrant Community Empowerment,
-50 Hours Community Service under Former Senator John Sabini (He left for another position in Albany and I lost my job with him),
-WPI FRONTIERS Robotics Summer Program Participant, (Junior Year)
-Manhattan College Summer Program For Women and Minority Students Interested in Engineering Participant (yes that's the long name the program has), (Junior Year)
-ACE Mentor Program (This year)</p>

<p>Recognitions:
-National Honor Society (2 years),
-National Society for High School Scholars (3 years),
-National Latin Examination I: Magna Cum Laude Silver Medal.
-My school's Deans/Principal's List (3 years and probably this year making 4)</p>

<p>Recommendations:
-1 from my Calculus Teacher (She's had me for Sophomore and Junior Year, knows me quite well)
-1 from my Physics/Robotics teacher who is also my Robotics independent study mentor AND my US FIRST ROBOTICS team coach (Definitely a good rec. He's gotten one of my friends into Dartmouth and another into Columbia(the kid who got into Dartmouth has my GPA but 1410 SAT M+CR).
-1 from my Spanish Literature Teacher (I have a multitude of personal conversations with her over the years, knows me as a student and as a person very well)</p>

<p>Interviews:
-Columbia: Got an interview and it went splendidly. Great, interesting conversation. It went so smoothly. Has to be my best interview! I would give it a 10/10!
-M.I.T.: Interviewer was a little intimidating but I held my own, asked interesting questions and had a response to all of his. I'd give it an 8.5/10.
-Cornell: Meh interview. Guy was boring, had a slight pause somewhere in their. I'd give it a 7.5/10 </p>

<p>Essays:
-Working intently on them (since September)! Multiple readers will be reviewing them as well! So far reactions have been nothing but great!</p>

<p>Misc:
-I have a rare autoimmune Disease called Still's Disease, which attacks my skin and joints, that effects my everyday life. I wrote about it in my essays as a significant adversity I have had to face.
-I also come from a single parent home, my father abandoned my mom and I when I was 4.</p>

<p>Schools to which I have applied Regular Decision
-Columbia University Fu Foundation School of Engineering (Applying for the HEOP/NOP program) <em>Dream School!</em>
-Cooper Union
-Massachusetts Institute of Technology <em>Applied because you never know lmao</em>
-Cornell (Applying for the HEOP/NOP program)
-Macaulay Honors College (the campus I am picking is City College, the only one that provides engineering)
-Polytechnic Institute of NYU = Accepted Rolling Admission
-Manhattan College = Accepted Rolling Admission
-CUNY City College = = Accepted Rolling Admission</p>

<p>Columbia/cornell/MIT are reaches
idk about cooper or macaulay sorry</p>

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<p>thanks for the chance</p>

<p>match to all except MIT, columbia, and Cornell</p>

<p>I would say you have quite a lot working for you. You seem to have pulled impressive stats from some obstacles. I agree that Ivies and MIT are reaches for everyone, but I think you have a good shot everywhere.</p>

<p>I'd say Columbia, Cooper Union and MIT are all reaches. Cornell I'd say is a high match/low reach. This is mainly because of your grades and SATs--your ECs are very strong.</p>

<p>I say the two highest reaches are cornell mit and columbia u have pretty good chances for the rest.</p>

<p>I think your ECs are really strong because they show a sincere commitment to computer science related activities, which matches well with your interest in engineering. Given your background, I think your academics are good too. You have a good chance at most of them. MIT is difficult for everyone but I think Cornell might be a match.</p>

<p>All good except GPA and SAT.</p>

<p>First, I'd like to congratulate you on the vast improvement you displayed on your SATs. Your scores do seem rather low in terms of such top schools as MIT and the Ivy League institutions but one could certainly make great ground on their test scores with such things as interview abilities, essays, and extracurriculars, all of which you seem to have. Those top universities are essentially reaches for all students, but with a resume such as yours and the excellent academic career you have had with a difficult scenario, you certainly have the potential to gain acceptance into a top institution.</p>

<p>You have a good hook (first gen/minority) but your GPA and SAT seem low regardless. Likewise, a few things should be noted:
1) The National Society for High School Scholars is largely considered a scam (by my school guidance department and nearby High Schools as well, in MA at least). They take a large portion of members, charge them, and offer a very small scholarship, and it isn't particularly competitive.
2)You can't really know how interviews went. You can get a vibe, but unless you are the interviewer, it's very hard to tell.</p>

<p>Besides that, you do look quite good. MIT is a very high reach and Columbia seems like a reach, with Cornell being a low reach as a whole. You seem more than qualified for the rest -- your courseload is very good, kind of contradictory to your GPA/SAT scores(did you ever try the ACT?). Your EC's are quite good as well, and you have come back from a difficult familial situation and disease, both boosting your academic resume (however horrible saying that may be). Good luck =]</p>

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<p>You, young man, are going to be accepted by all those schools except the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Columbia University.
P.S. Why would a person like thou take such a class as weight management? Are you insecure about your weight? I am fat myself, but I totally ignore it and it seems to work. People like me for who I am, even though I am pretty heavy.
Good Luck in all of life's marvelous endeavors!!!!!!!!!!!!!?!!!</p>

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<p>^ Are you okay?</p>

<p>Columbia and MIT are probably reaches, but all others are matches.</p>

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<p>MIT, Columbia, and Cornell probably aren't going to happen. I don't mean to berate you or anything, but they're really high reaches. I think people here are being a bit too generous.</p>

<p>Cooper is talent-based, I believe, so we can't chance you for that, either. Good luck, though! A few kids every year from my school always get into Cooper.</p>

<p>This applicant is from the previous admissions cycle.</p>

<p>Thank you. I feel pretty silly having brushed right by the original post date.</p>

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