<p>Haha, I'm the second on MIT's board. I feel special now. </p>
Looking at other people's credentials when they ask 'What are my chances' scares me to heck. Luckily for me, I'm a junior. There's time yet.</p>
<p>First, my school. Small town, very small school...400 people this year; not in my class - in the entire high school. Did I mention we're underfunded? Still, I should consider myself lucky. I was in the last Calculus class as a sophomore, 2nd semester, before they terminated it (there were only four students in it anyways). Science classes - we have the standard freshman science course, bio, chem, and physics. That's it. No AP, no bio II, no chem II, nothing.</p>
<p>As far as extracurriculars go...I'm not really a sports person and don't have time for those, anyways. We don't have a whole lot of non extracurricular activies...I was in band (but missed sophomore year due to schedule conflicts) and mock trials last year, I'll try for the same this year but being in it takes out time for all other EC activites, pretty much.</p>
<p>Academically...let's just say it's not what you'd call challenging. At the end of last year I was slacking horribly by my standards and got straight A's. <em>roll</em></p>
<p>But there are people around here that take thirteen AP courses by the time they finish high school. Thirteen! They talk about IB as well, which I haven't a clue what it is, and list their 1600 SAT and 750+ in five SAT II categories, as well as a SLEW of AP 4's and 5's. There are people who organized nonprofit organizations and do laboratory research.</p>
<p>How the heck am I able to stand out? Their academic profile is obviously superior to mine. In a class of around 90, I'm ranked second (bah...I believe I'm close though) but haven't a single AP course. The only thing remotely good about my academic profile thus far is a mediocre 223 (66-80-77; V-M-W) last year on my PSATs.</p>
<p>What should I do? How can I possibly atone for all the EC's I'm lacking, all the nonprofit organizations I didn't found, all the hours of laboratory research I didn't do, all the AP courses I didn't take? How would I go about building a solid all-around profile for MIT?