Where am I and what can I do?

<p>Hello, I hate to post this like a form letter but I joined to get advice from the experts. </p>

<p>I'm a junior, black male.</p>

<p>Weighted GPA: 95</p>

<p>Unweighted GPA for this year: 94
Weighted GPA for this year: 100</p>

<p>All Honors, one AP (English Composition), school only offers three APs prior to senior year. </p>

<p>218 PSAT sophomore year, ??? junior year.</p>

<p>Extracurriculars:</p>

<p>FBLA (Competiton Coordinator sophomore year)
Young Politicians (Currently VP)
Model UN
Current Events (informal debate)</p>

<p>Boy Scouts, almost Eagle Scout.</p>

<p>Well, what can I do?</p>

<p>And what colleges in the NE would be in my range?</p>

<p>i'd say your weighted GPA is a bit low...you could work on that a little. you should check out SUNY Binghamton or SUNY Stony Brook...both very good schools.</p>

<p>Thank you.</p>

<p>if you keep these scores/gpa up, i would say that you could possibly looking at some of the ivys, and other strong northeastern liberal arts schools (middlebury, colgate, hamilton, williams, amherst)</p>

<p>To be honest, that's more of what I wanted to hear! :P I have no "sob story" to explain away my low grades for the first two years, but I had the chance to visit China, which was an eye opener that made me realize what I needed to do if I wanted to succeed. I went into the PSAT cold, have been studying and honestly think I could be in the 2300+ range. </p>

<p>I also do more extracurriculars, but really don't feel the need to list them all. What else do you think I should do, I am considering interning at my local congressman's office.</p>

<p>An update Weighted GPA: 95.5</p>

<p>All Honors, one AP (English Composition), school only offers three APs prior to senior year. </p>

<p>SAT 2150</p>

<p>Reading 800
Math 680
Writing 670</p>

<p>(will retake)</p>

<p>Extracurriculars:</p>

<p>FBLA (Competiton Coordinator sophomore year)
Young Politicians (Currently VP)
Model UN
Current Events (informal debate)</p>

<p>Boy Scouts, Eagle Scout.</p>

<p>So, better or worse?</p>

<p>Well, I'm back after a while:</p>

<p>I'm still an African American Male, now a Senior, but the rest has improved, I think. Top choice is Yale.</p>

<p>GPA: 3.80 (unweighted)</p>

<p>SAT:<br>
2270, Second Sitting:
800 Critical Reading
710 Writing (a bit low, yes)
760 Mathematics</p>

<p>2150, First Sitting:
800 Critical Reading
670 Writing
680 Mathematics</p>

<p>SAT Subject Tests:<br>
790 U.S. History
750 Literature</p>

<p>AP Exams:<br>
5 U.S. History
5 Comparative Government
4 World History
4 English Composition</p>

<p>Honors and Awards:
Bronze Scholastic Award (2009)<br>
National Latin Exam, Magna cum Laude (2009)
1st place in state, Future Problem Solving Individual, Middle Division (2009)
2ndplace in state, Future Problem Solving Individual, Senior Division (2010)
Qualified for State Completion, FBLA
Business Procedures (2010)
Business Communication (2011)</p>

<p>School Activities:
Choir (2009-present)
Current Events Club (2008-present)
Future Business Leaders of America (2009-present)
Competition Coordinator (2009-2010)
President (2011-present)
Junior Classical League (2008-2009)
Latin National Honor Society (2009-present)
Model United Nations (2008-present)
National Honor Society (2011-present)
New Jersey Challenge Quiz Bowl (2010-2011)
Student Council (2008-2009,2011-present)
Representative-at-large
Class Representative
School Newspaper (2011-present)
Young Politician's Club (2008-present)
Vice-President (2010-2011)
President (2011-present)</p>

<p>Volunteering:</p>

<p>Boy Scouts of America (2005-present)
Senior Patrol Leader (2009-2010)
Assistant Senior Patrol Leader (2009,2010-present)
Life Scout Rank- Eagle Scout pending board of review
Eagle Project and all other requirements completed
167 hours of community service in 2010-2011 year</p>

<p>Volunteer, Jon Huntsman for President
Phone calls on behalf of campaign
Helped produce campaign literature
Participation detailed in Economist newspaper</p>

<p>Currently taking: AP Economics, AP Physics, AP Literature, AP Statistics, AP European Hist.</p>

<p>Any thoughts?</p>

<p>I'd say your chances are looking very good, but what do I know?</p>

<p>Given the fact that you're AA, you're a strong candidate. Academics are fair, ECs a little weak, but they might just be enough.</p>

<p>First off, no one on here is an expert and no one can properly identify your chances for a school. There are too many variables amongst the schools and the random teenagers on here giving you their best shot in the dark.</p>

<p>Second, focus on the essays. They'll put you above the other academically-superior applicants. A great SAT and academics are a small part of the puzzle. Essays and a true dedication to an EC will put you over the edge.</p>

<p>Best of luck.</p>

<p>You have a good shot anywhere.</p>

<p>Thanks, I've spoken to my guidance counselors and she says my essays are excellent. I've also been in the scouts since the 1st grade, if that counts for anything dedication-wise.</p>