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Chance Me Please! (& Questions)

md74351md74351 7 replies3 threads New Member
edited May 2016 in University of Pittsburgh
I'm a sophomore, so I don't have a lot of info yet, but Pitt is my top choice:

PSAT: 1430 (on the new 1600 grading system)
PSAT Reading/Writing: 710 (new one)
PSAT Math: 720 (new one)
GPA: 3.95

Courses Freshman Year:
Algebra II (A)
Biology (A)
English 9 Advanced (A)
World History Advanced (A)
Digital Photography I (A)
Spanish III (A)
PE/Health (A)

Courses Sophomore Year:
Math Analysis/Trig (A)
Chemistry (A)
English 10 Advanced (A)
AP Human Geography (A)
Digital Photography II (A)
Journalism: Yearbook (A)
PE/Health (A)

Course Junior Year (what I signed up for):
AP Calculus AB
AP English 11
US/VA History
AP Psychology
Journalism: Yearbook
Latin I

Rec Soccer every fall/spring since kindergarten
Rec Basketball every winter
Travel Basketball (one winter)
Rec Volleyball every spring
Rec Flag Football (one fall)
After School Tutoring once a week in 8th grade
Volunteer in the library at summer school every summer (25ish hours per year)
Volunteer to judge at Odyssey of the Mind every year
Creative Writing Camp at Hollins University

As you can see, my sophomore year wasn't very challenging, so do you think I should take more Advanced classes junior and senior year? Also, I'm lacking in extracurriculars since I'm pretty sure they don't care about recreational sports. Should I be joining more clubs at school or volunteering? Will it look bad that I quit Spanish for Latin? Should I go back to Spanish? Should I be taking more APs? I haven't won any awards, is that important?

edited May 2016
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Replies to: Chance Me Please! (& Questions)

  • md74351md74351 7 replies3 threads New Member
    this might help too:
    White, Female
    Out-of-state from Virginia
    Large, Public HS in a middle-income neighborhood
    I would like to major in English Writing, Humanities, Social Sciences, or Communications
    one parent went to college, one did not
    probably going to apply early
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  • amandakayakamandakayak 2396 replies57 threads Senior Member
    Of course you have a great chance - just keep doing your best, apply early for best
    chance at scholarships. Key is gpa, sat scores. Take APs if you need a challenge or want best chances at scholarships. Extracurriculars if they interest you and you are passionate about them - not just to appease some admissions person - don't think it weighs heavily at Pitt. Changing language probably is so unimportant to admissions - I would think your grades would be most important.
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