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bethmackenziewbethmackenziew 10 replies2 threads New Member
Hey guys. So I drove my self crazy reading chance me's in the early cycle, but now I'm just bored and curious and would love some thoughts. I have some great options but It would always be cool to get into a school like UPenn.

ACT: 34, 35 superscore

SAT: 1480 (740 both)

SAT Subject Tests: US History 780, Literature 730,

AP: AP GOPO 5, AP Calc AB 5

IB: German 6 (we take our foreign language exam early)

Course load: I am at an IB school, so I have taken basically all of the AP classes they offer in addition to my IB course load, so I won't have many APs to send in (since IB exams are taken at the end of senior year) but they will still see I have been taking the most challenging classes I can... I am actually doing the hardest IB option possible, where you take 4 HL courses instead of 3, which is very unusual

Unweighted GPA: 4.0

Weighted GPA: 5.303 (my school does weighted GPAs super weird, so my rank is probably a little more revealing than my GPA)

Rank: 6/261


Mock Trial, all 4 years of high school, became captain my junior year; I have 11 most effective attorney awards as well as a most dependable award

Student Activism club, founder

Intern at our local chamber of commerce every week

Volunteered on a congressional campaign this summer against 3 term incumbent until campaign ended

Work as a runner at a local law firm about 7 hours a week

Volunteer at our local museum where I help with kids activities

Member of the National Honors Society, Science National Honors Society, and German National Honors Society (these are all the ones my schools offers).

Beta club

Math team (1 year) and soccer (1 year) - not that important but I think I checked the box on the application

Junior Marshal at our school, which only the top 20 students get to do


Mock trial (mentioned above)

Silver on the National German Exam

Varsity letter in academics (I know it’s weird, but my school gave them out so I listed it)

Essays: Good (as far as I can tell, haha, I'm a little biased), I think they conveyed that I am passionate about government and life

Recommendations: I got to read them for another thing and both were very nice. One was pretty basic but from a teacher who knows me really well and provided a lot of evidence to back up everything she said. Another was from a mock trial coach/teacher who has known me forever and was absolutely gushing, so that will probably be my strongest. My peer one was also very kind and from a very articulate friend of mine.

I don't know if this helps any, but so far I have been accepted to U South Carolina, Boston University, Northeastern, Boston College, George Washington, American, and Emory. I got rejected from UNC Chapel Hill (essays were kinda weak bc I was not super interested). I was deferred from Georgetown early action and am waiting to hear from them, Dartmouth, and UPenn (obviously). All 3 are longshots but I was just curious as to other people's thoughts.

If anyone has any thoughts or wants to channel their stress by letting me know what they think that would be great. I know this waiting thing sucks but everyone on here is so impressive and I have no doubt everyone will find a college where they will fit well.
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