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Chance me?

TrapNumenTrapNumen Registered User Posts: 82 Junior Member
ACT: 35 Composite; Reading: 35, English: 36, Science 35, Math: 33, Writing: 7
SAT Subject Tests: Math II: 780 and US History: 770
Class Rank: 5th (as of sophomore year, most likely will have improved)
GPA: Unweighted: 3.86 Weighted: 4.20 (As of the end of Junior year, will improve by the end of senior year)
Course Load: Most rigorous path offered at my high school, I have take 3 APs (will take 4 additional my senior year) of 8 possible APs (Its not possible to take all 8)
APs: US History (5), Art History (5), Physics 1 Algebra Based (4)

-Honor Roll (All 4 Years) (School Recognition, easy to achieve)
-WBL All Academic Team (Junior Year; received for having a 3.5+ GPA and 2+ Varsity Letters (varsity letters must be athletic, thus does not include things like band or quizbowl)) (Regional Recognition, 6/220 kids in my grade achieved this)
-National Honors Society (Junior and Senior Years; does not actually meet until Senior Year, so possibility for President/Secretary Positions, but that will most likely be after I submit my application) (School Recognition, about 25/220 kids in my grade achieved this)
-National Merit Scholar Commended (Junior Year; I had an index of 218, the cut off last year for Semi-Finalist in OH was 217 so possibility of Semi-Finalist (Most people think it'll be 219...), this will be known in time for application) (National Recognition)
-AP Scholar (Junior Year) (National Recognition)

10 Activities on Common App (In Order):
1. Summer Research- Currently in progress at Ohio Northern University in the pharmacy department, researching substances which disrupt the cell cycle and how to induce apoptosis in melanoma cells without affecting surrounding healthy cells. I will receive a $300 stipend, as well as an award from ONU.
2. Supervisor at Summer Camp- For kids ages 5-9, teach self-defense, public/animal/home/gun safety (125 Hours)
3. Soccer- Varsity Letter sophomore year (JV freshman year)
4. Science Olympiad- CoCaptain, all 4 years of high school, advanced to state and won various medals at the regional level
5. Volunteer Club- Secretary, 3 years of high school; fundraise and organize community events
6. TEAMS- 3 years of high school, unsure of exact results but always 1st or 2nd at regional level
7. Chess League- 3 years of high school, Supervisor/Coach, volunteer to teach chess to kids first Saturday of every month for 3 hours at a time
8. Cross-Country- 2 years (CoCaptain Senior Year), team has won districts every year, 2 Varsity Letters
9. Piano- Took lessons until I was a teen, have been self teaching ever since
10. Spanish Club- 3 years, most likely will be an Officer my Senior year (Might get replaced by volunteering and shadowing at the hospital, but I've only done this for the summer before senior year so I don't know whether it's worth adding)

Additional Info:
I live in a rural Ohio town and attend public school with 220 kids in my grade currently (historically the senior class graduates with about 180 kids, the grade above me who just graduated started the year with 244 and ended with 186 I believe... for approx. class size on the Common App I put 220)
Gender: Male
Race: White and Asian (mixed)
As I said, I've taken the most rigorous course possible at my school, my senior year will be: AP Calc, AP Chem, AP English, AP Spanish, Anatomy, and US gov
As for GPA, I don't know of anyone at my school who has ever graduated with a 4.0 unweighted, my class valedictorian is sitting at about 3.93, which is about the usual GPA of the valedictorian
To compensate for my low ACT writing, I'm enrolling in an online class to help improve my writing (that ACT is from the beginning of junior year, and my writing also improved over the course of my junior year)

Also did tennis and track (both Varsity but tennis was for fun, and I hated track)

Replies to: Chance me?

  • HamurtleHamurtle Registered User Posts: 427 Member
    If you are planning to apply ED, the chances are good. High match/low reach.

    Remember to show demonstrated interest. Visit the campus, set up an interview, and maintain contact with your regional representative.
  • Winky1Winky1 Registered User Posts: 424 Member
    Hi @TrapNumen , I think you've got a shot. But like @Hamurtle said, show demonstrated interest. Good luck.
  • TrapNumenTrapNumen Registered User Posts: 82 Junior Member
    Other than emailing admissions counselors or visiting the campus, are there any other ways to show my interest in the school?
  • Winky1Winky1 Registered User Posts: 424 Member
    @TrapNumen , I would attend any local information sessions held in your area, be sure to attend any presentations at your high school if a rep does a presentation there, visit booth at a career fair, and open emails from them! Also do any chats they offer online. Interview as well if possible. Good luck!
  • HamurtleHamurtle Registered User Posts: 427 Member
    @TrapNumen you can usually do an interview during a visit, which is what my son did. You could email the regional rep to arrange an interview as well.
  • TrapNumenTrapNumen Registered User Posts: 82 Junior Member
    Thank you! How early would you recommend talking to the admission counselor? And for the interview, would I schedule that before or after applying? And can I do that through the Common App?
  • HamurtleHamurtle Registered User Posts: 427 Member
    @TrapNumen talk to the regional representative as soon as possible.

    I would suggest having an interview before applying.
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