I am in my junior year of high school, and I feel like I am not doing enough for college. I am on the track to take 8 or 9 (possibly 10) AP classes, my gpa is around a 4.0 unweighted (~4.25 weighted). My PSAT score from eighth grade is 1120, and my PSAT score from tenth grade is 1300, and I was in the 97th percentile both times. I am taking the PSAT again for free this year for the National Merit Scholarship. I am predicted to make about a 1390-1400 on the SAT. I plan on taking the SAT for sure, but I’m not sure about the ACT. My class rank is 28 out of 691 (as of March 2021), and I’m hoping to get to the top 20.
I have many hobbies that I am passionate about, such as: art (sewing, drawing, sketching, knitting, etc.), math and finance, and astronomy. I love to look and study the stars in my free time, and I have created numerous art projects ranging from sewn bags to knitted hats and paintings. I have been a member of my schools art club for a semester and plan on running for treasurer this year, I am in gifted and talented, I have competed in art UIL in freshman year but didn’t place, and accounting UIL in sophomore year and placed fourth in my district (I had three weeks to practice, because we didn’t have a sponsor until last minute). I plan on competing in Accounting UIL again this year and hope to get to state.
I also got a paid accounting internship at a small accounting/tax firm for six weeks (this was over the summer while I was a rising junior) where I was a staff member in a audit for a nonprofit (I did all of the testing while in the field), conducted reconciliations of credit card and bank statements, did a lot of payroll for small businesses and helped with two tax returns, one of them being an HOA tax return.
It was not until sophomore year that I realized how important being a well-rounded student is. AP, IB, Honors, and Dual Credit/Enrollment classes are offered at my school. Below is my schedule for school up until my senior year, where I have listed the classes I want to take. I have had straight A’s in every class since eighth grade.
Honors Algebra 1
Honors Art 1
Honors Art II
Regular World Geography
P.E. (required class)
Honors English 1
Principles of Business, Marketing and Finance
Honors Spanish 1
Honors Algebra 2
Regular English 2
Regular World History
Professional Communications/Health (required classes)
AP Chemistry (Only 9 people are taking it, and supposedly it’s really hard, but I really enjoy chemistry)
Dual Credit English 3 (All dual credit courses are in partnership with a local college)
Dual Credit US History
Dual Enrollment Precal (Dually enrolled with UT Austin)
Honors Spanish 2
Predicted Senior Classes:
AP Calculus BC
AP Gov/AP Economics (both are semester classes)
AP European History or AP Human Geo.
AP Comp. Sci. Principles
Dual Credit English 4
Another AP class or Honors Spanish 3
Another thing I plan on doing, is going back to the same accounting firm during spring break for tax season, and using the experience for my resume to get an internship at a larger firm. I was lucky enough to get a beautifully written letter of recommendation from them as well. I plan on majoring in accounting, chemistry, applied mathematics, or computer science in college. My top choices are Wake Forest, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, University of Pennsylvania, UT Austin (I am a texas resident and I have a family member in the military, so I wouldn’t have to worry about student debt), Georgia Tech, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and NYU. Most of the schools mentioned for me are target and hard target schools. Would I be a competitive applicant for these schools based on my current stats as a junior? What else should I be doing to increase my chances of getting into a prestigious college?