I’m a high school senior. I just read a post where a girl was asking whether she would be able to get into Yale with her application. I read through the responses and found them very helpful. Since I am struggling making a realistic college list based off of where I would actually get into I thought I would ask the public.
The weakest point of my application is that I have a 3.5 weighted GPA. I had a 3.3 for the first two years and most of junior year but for the last quarter of my junior year I got a 4.3. Assuming I got at least a 4.3 for the first quarter of my senior year, My GPA could move up to a 3.6-3.7. My school does not have class rank.
For my PSAT score I got a 1270, and later taking the SAT I got a 1550. I was hoping that this would make up for my low GPA.
I am doing the International Baccalaureate program, which means that I am taking all AP level classes for junior and senior year. These could be equivalent to around 10 AP credits. In freshman and sophomore year I was in the highest level class possible(Honors/level 1).
My extracurricular, work experience, and sports are probably the strongest part of my application.
I am the captain of my varsity high school fencing team and we happen to be the Connecticut state champions for almost 10 years in a row now. I fence women’s Saber during the school season and individually all year round. Assuming that they have a season this winter I will be participating in individual states and leading team states. In January of 2020 I compete in the Junior Olympics help in Columbus, Ohio. I was going to compete in 2020 nationals but they were cancelled.
I have a black belt in Kenpo Karate which I gained in my sophomore year after 9 years of training.
My sophomore year I did a capstone at a neuroscience lab, where I was able to learn to culture cells in order to study a rare eye disease. muring this process I became cleared for bio level one(meaning I can work with growing human tissue and anything below that) and learn many technical procedures on creating, gathering, and analyzing data.
This Capstone later lead to a paid position at this same Yale lab. The entire summer after my sophomore year I was a paid research assistant. I handled the medius jobs that I had learned how to complete during my capstone such as, culturing cells needed for experiments, doing western blots, and slicing mice brains and putting them on slides for inspection.
During my sophomore year I also was paid to create the website for a new Anesthesiology Practice. This also later lead to a paid position. This past summer, summer after junior year I worked almost 60 hours a week as an assistant. I handled paperwork, menial jobs, and ran errands for the Anesthesiology department. As well as completing monotonous pre operative charts/forms.
During my junior year I started a non-profit organization called, The James Luc Foundation which helps to support Nurse anesthetists through their training in Haiti. I speak French(I am a first generation immigrant and French citizen), Spanish, and English(obviously) and I needed to translate since our partner in Haiti only speaks French. The organization is still in its beginning stages but has legal existence and is starting to fully support a student in fall of 2021.
I have been a part of the Women in STEM club my entire high school career and have done various volunteering activities.
My college essay is about my first car and the journey Ive had with it and my hobby of auto repair.
If you’ve read all this, first of all thanks and second of all, where do you think I can get in?