I did badly in high school and dropped out due to traumatic experiences that I've explained in my education interruption essay. I took my GED and started college at 16. I've spoken to a lot of people about this and I've come to the conclusion that it makes me stand out in a good way.
I spent a year at my first school then transferred to NYU. I've done really well at both schools. Unfortunately, I haven't found the community I'm looking for at either. The first was too small (400 kids) the second was way too big (20,000). I've realized I need something in the middle, so I figure I'll shoot for some competitive schools then continue at NYU if I don't get in.
High School: 3.5
College 1 (Tiny LAC): 3.8
College 2 (NYU): 4.0
APs: 5 on AP German
Extra-Curriculars: Managing editor on college magazine, president of ultimate frisbee club, freelance graphic designer, internships, subway musician, some other stuff.
Awards: State & national journalism awards, art awards, design contests, gold on three National Latin Exams
Courseload: Mostly art, design, media
I'm applying to top schools like Yale, Columbia, and Cornell as an art major. I realize these are reaches for anyone but I'd mostly like to know if transferring twice is acceptable. Also, what's it like transferring as an art major to Ivies? My courses aren't intensely academic so I'm afraid I'll look like a slacker but I'm actually pursuing design...
Also, my applications aren't due for 10 months so any input on what I could do to improve my chances is welcome!