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Chance an OOS junior? :)

heyimpeterheyimpeter Registered User Posts: 244 Junior Member
- caucasian male attending prestigious private school in CT
- no financial aid necessary
- starting junior year soon (class of '13)

3.59 (89.75%) UW. i know it's really low. bad freshman first semester.
frosh year: spanish 2h (b-, a); algebra 2h (b-, b+); history (b, b+); english (b-, a-); biology (b-, a); band (a-, a-).
sophomore year: spanish 3h (a-, a); english (a-, a); history (a, a-); chem (a+, a-); geo/trig (a-, a-); choir (a, a-).

(frosh and soph year, only more rigorous classes i could've taken were: ap modern euro- *may* take senior year, honors bio, honors chem, honors geo/trig)

junior year: ap envi sci, ap us history, honors english, pre-calculus, honors spanish 4, choir, international relations.
senior year: ap spanish, ap english, fundamentals of calc & ap stats, poetry fiction & playwriting, global thesis seminar, physics, chamber choir.

high honors society both semesters sophomore year and second semester freshman year.

headmaster's list (contributes most to overall classroom learning environment) both semesters sophomore year.

inducted into foreign language honors society at the end of sophomore year.

class rank:
due to sucky freshman year, about 10/87. (no official rank)

sat's (taken recently without sat prep other than vocab studying- will be getting lots of prep):
690 cr (770 with correct vocab-- working on it)
680 m
690 w (780 without one section-- working on it)

psat's (beginning of sophomore year):
670 cr
640 m
590 w

would like to major in business and minor or double major in creative writing.

extra curriculars (in order of importance):

- founded literary magazine at beginning of sophomore year that donates proceeds to organization that works to alleviate child labor in third world countries; remain founder and editor-in-chief; expanding project to include around 20 associate staff editors.

- runner-up for 2011 elizabeth bishop prize in verse sponsored by the blue pencil online- attended their inaugural ceremony to read work; they published my poem

- 2011 scholastic art & writing awards- gold key for five poems

- editor of high school literary magazine starting junior year (earliest you can do it); staff member sophomore year.

- writing in over 115 independently-owned publications (some are extremely selective); featured on my school's website, being featured in school's annual report magazine this year

- will graduate high school with concentration in global studies (will have taken global service trip, up to 4h of language (spanish), will have analyzed current global issue and written thesis about it (senior year seminar).

- leadership position in global education community service club at my high school starting junior year.

- bass/bairtone in all-male a cappella group at high school starting sophomore year; won 3rd place in all-state a cappella championship sophomore year.

- played piano in young musician's festival (competitive musician program in march every year) freshman year-- intermediate 10/10 stars.

- model un- travelled to georgetown's naimun conference sophomore year, will again junior year.

- attended middlebury's new england young writers conference as a sophomore (meant for juniors)

- stanford epgy sophomore summer (studied creative writing intensively, three weeks; no college credit)

- volunteer camp counselor freshman summer- took care of autistic child for six weeks

- member of columbia university's student film actors pool (act in student films there)

- in-depth research of cuban poetry scene sophomore spring (they are silenced due to cuban rule; wrote up short thesis/report about it complete with interviews and analyzed data, in spanish)

- two improv groups (will lead both senior year)

- perform songs often at coffeehouses and school performances

- played piano in band freshman year; sing in choir sophomore year through to senior year.

- photography in dickinson college's foreign language magazine.

essays and recs and interview will be great.

okay. so first of all sorry for making you read! :) i'd love to know where i stand for admission. and yes, again, i am aware my gpa sucks, but my school is really challenging (one of the toughest private schools in connecticut).
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Replies to: Chance an OOS junior? :)

  • BruinsJEWBruinsJEW Registered User Posts: 1,058 Senior Member
    I think you have an excellent shot. You have definitely outdone yourself in the extracurriculars area. From the look of your involvement, I'd say you must be interested in the Journalism and Mass Communication program, which is ranked as one of the top in the country.

    Get your GPA up these next two years, though it sounds like you go to a very very very competitive and prestigious private school, so your GPA will be weighed differently because of the rigorousness of your courses and institution. Do you know if any other students in past year have been admitted or applied?

    And you show an upward trend which schools love. This year is really important for you, KEEP YOUR GRADES UP! If you do well, UNC will not even look at your freshman grades. Most schools know their is adjustment gap from middle-->high and do not hold first semester up to students if they show that they have improved and can handle the work, which you certainly have.

    SAT scores are competitive, but if you get them up in the 700s, I think you'll be set.

    Best of luck.

    Why do you want to go to UNC? (I ask everyone this)
  • heyimpeterheyimpeter Registered User Posts: 244 Junior Member
    yay thank you! i actually want to go to unc for their fabulous business program and for their great creative writing program (i'd double major or major/minor). :) it's also in a warmer climate (coming from ct), and it seems like, socially, a great fit for me haha.

    also, yup i know a few people from my school last year got into unc, so hopefully we're on their radar. :)
  • heyimpeterheyimpeter Registered User Posts: 244 Junior Member
  • heyimpeterheyimpeter Registered User Posts: 244 Junior Member
    bumppp (again)!
  • JohnBlackJohnBlack Registered User Posts: 314 Member
    Some of your ECs look impressive - like gold keys for literature and your performance/literature focus ecs. It definitely doesn't look like you are trying to get them but rather doing something you are interested in.

    Stat-wise if your not in the top 10%, hope you school doesn't rank. That's an arbitrary metric that schools seem to love.

    SATs are okay for OOS selectivity. Higher scores (700+) would help you out.

    Best of luck.
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