Demographics: I am a white, middle class female who lives in the suburbs of a large city
- US domestic (US citizen or permanent resident) or international student: US citizen
- State/Location of residency: (state is important if you apply to any state universities): Illinois
Intended Major(s): English or Journalism with minors in Music (Piano Performance) and German
GPA, Rank, and Test Scores
My school does weighted GPA on a scale of 4.33
- Unweighted HS GPA: 3.85
- Weighted HS GPA (incl. weighting system): 4.05
- Class Rank: 44 of 640
- ACT/SAT Scores: 33/1450
(AP/IB/Dual Enrollment classes, AP/IB scores for high school; also include level of math and foreign language reached and any unusual academic electives; for transfers, describe your college courses and preparation for your intended major(s))
5 AP Classes: AP German, AP Physics 1, AP U.S. History, AP Music Theory, and AP Literature and Composition. My school only lets you take AP classes as a junior and senior. AP Physics and US History were dual credit classes at my school, so I didn’t take the AP exam, and the AP Literature test had a conflict so I wasn’t able to take it. I will be taking the exams for German, Music Theory, and Literature in May. I will have taken 4 years of German. I will have also taken 4 dual credit classes (Physics, History, Public Speaking, and Psychology). I am a bit concerned about my science and math. I will have only taken 3 years of each, and the only math class left at my school to take this year was AP Calculus AB. I don’t know how this will affect my chances.
-Member of National Honor Society
-Member of Tri M Music National Honor Society
-Member of Delta Epsilon Phi German National Honor Society
-Participated in National Youth Leadership Training
-Completed the Girl Scout Bronze, Silver, and Gold Awards
-Currently in progress on my Eagle project for Scouts BSA
-Commendation for the German Seal of Biliteracy
-7 awards in writing competitions
(Include leadership, summer activities, competitions, volunteering, and work experience)
-Writing: Weekly contributor to the local newspaper, included in a poetry anthology, author of a poetry book, 8 publications in literary magazines
-The Diversity Story: staff writer for this online literary magazine where I create content about culture and history
-Piano Teacher: Offers half-hour piano lessons to local students in order to further their piano technique, music theory, history, and classical and contemporary piano abilities.
-Church Praise Band Member: Attends weekly rehearsal and performs piano and synthesizer parts at Sunday service; has delivered 2 sermons to a congregation of 200
-Girl Scouts: 13 years of Girl Scouts; Completed my Bronze, Silver, and Gold Awards; Earned my PAT, CIT, and religious awards; served as counselor for younger girls
-Boy Scouts: Served as Senior Patrol Leader in Troop #40G for 1.5 years; completed National Youth Leadership Training; Started my Eagle Project Aug. 2021.
-Music: I’ve played piano for 12 years and play competitively. I also play trumpet, french horn, and euphonium. I’ve been in every band at my school, jazz band, gone to district festivals for jazz trumpet and euphonium, have done Madrigals, marching band (10th best marching band in the nation), and Wind Ensemble. I’ve held 1st chair trumpet in every ensemble besides Wind Ensemble, and won a Best of Day award on piano for solo competition.
-Model UN: I have been a lead delegate since 10th grade, have won many awards, including Outstanding Delegate, and served 2 years as Security Council delegate.
-Philosophy Club: Served as president for 1 year; Organized discussions and provided material for open dialogues about current events and traditional philosophers
-German Club: I participated in weekly meetings, along with competing in the annual Washington University German Day.
-I also list in various places during my application what my Gold Award and Eagle Award projects consist of. I mention training my horse since she was a baby and that I have completed over 200 hours of community service.
Anyway, please let me know if this is enough to get into Stanford. Here are some things that I am worried about:
-No AP exams yet
-I’ve only taken 5 AP classes
-No science or math this year
-Although most of my grades have been As, I’ve had several B+s and one B.
-Although I’ve done a lot of activities that I genuinely enjoy, it hasn’t been on a national level. I have many publications in small literary magazines, but nothing that is a national award or recognition. I know that a lot of my life has been poured into piano and writing, but I am afraid that it won’t be good enough.