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Panda1156Panda1156 Registered User Posts: 50 Junior Member
edited July 2011 in Wesleyan University
I'm a rising senior, and I'd like to know if I have the slightest chance of getting into Wesleyan. If I have a shot, I may apply ED.
I'm planning on studying journalism, possibly with a double major or minor in political science

I'm a white female from Arkansas, and I go to a small charter school that has 6-12 grades; it's a harmony academy, if you're familiar with those. I'll be part of the school's fourth graduating class.
GPA: UW 3.8 W 4.25
Ranked 4/36

Senior classes:
AP English Lit
AP European History
AP Spanish Language
AP Physics C: Mechanics
College Algebra
AP US Gov't and Politics
By the end of senior year, I'll have taken 10 AP courses.

ACT: 31
SAT: 2010, but I probably won't submit it because my SAT II scores were low

-Mayor's Youth Council (9-10)
-Yearbook (article writing, editing) (11)
-Founded a mentoring program that matches a group of 6th grade girls with one or two high school girls, in order to ease the transition from elementary to middle school (11) I was very passionate about this, and put a lot of work into it; I think it may be the topic of one of my essays
-Unpaid internship with local Democratic Party from late September to Election Day; gained a lot of campaigning experience and had a leadership position on Election Day (11)
-National Honor Society (11-12)
-Science Quiz Bowl (12)

Local library and science museum: 15 hrs
If I can consider my internship as volunteering (I did a lot of the same work as volunteers): 100 hrs
Mentoring: 50 hrs, with more next year
And I'll most likely get a lot of hours with NHS next year

Principal's honor roll almost every semester
AP scholar

Since my school is so small, I've had a few teachers for 2+ years and have a pretty good relationship with all of them. My English teacher for the last 4 years was promoted to assistant principal for next year, so I can get a good recommendation from her as well.

I'm a fairly good writer, and I've already drafted one personal essay.

I'd really appreciate any feedback
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  • morganhilmorganhil Registered User Posts: 393 Member
    Help me out here--you say that you plan on studying journalism at Wesleyan. There is no such major there, so are you thinking of creating a special major in that area? I wonder if you are actually thinking about Ohio Wesleyan University, which does have a very good program in journalism? This thread is for Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut.
  • Panda1156Panda1156 Registered User Posts: 50 Junior Member
    Sorry, I forgot to change that..I made this post to get chances for a few other universities. At Wesleyan, I would most likely major in College of Letters.
  • morganhilmorganhil Registered User Posts: 393 Member
    So for Wesleyan as a prospective COL major, then, your ACT score is just below the average for admitted students (Wes average is 32). Having taken 10 APs certainly is testimony to your taking a challenging curriculum, which is what they seek first and foremost. A possible question is why you are taking Algebra--but I am assuming that you must have taken Pre-Calculus and Calculus already? One factor in your favor is that you come from Arkansas. Again I think that applying Early Decision--that is, IF Wesleyan is your clear first choice--would be your best bet. Of course, I would give the same advice--to go ED if a certain college is your first choice--for most other very selective colleges. But if you do not have a clear first choice. if I were you I would hold back and apply RD to your list. Since it is still only July, are you planning on retaking the SATs and ACT in the fall? Getting your scores a bit higher--like at least a 32 on the ACT with Writing--and being from Arkansas would open a lot of possibilities for you. Good luck!
  • Panda1156Panda1156 Registered User Posts: 50 Junior Member
    Thanks so much for your reply :)
    To answer your question, I took AP Calculus AB last year, and my school doesn't offer any math beyond that. And I definitely plan on retaking the ACT in the fall, after some serious studying.
  • Panda1156Panda1156 Registered User Posts: 50 Junior Member
  • writingchkkkwritingchkkk Registered User Posts: 47 Junior Member
    Can you guys tell me what you think of MY resume? I'm a rising junior from New York and we have 2 semesters per year. PENN is my dream.
    Freshman: (first sem grade/second sem grade)
    AP music theory: B+/A-
    World History: A/A-
    English I: A/A
    Honors Geometry: B+/B
    Biology: A+/A
    French II: A/A-

    AP World History: B+/A-
    Honors Alg II Trig: B/B-
    French III: A-/A-
    English: A/A
    (Journalism I) School Newspaper:A/A-
    Chemistry: A-/A-

    End of this year:
    Weighted is 4.14
    Unweighted is 3.79

    Plans for next (Junior) year: will be getting straight A's hopefully
    AP Chemistry, AP European History, AP Calculus, Honors English III, Honors French IV, Creative Writing and Public Speaking, Journalism II (I'm now editor-in-chief for my paper), Peer Tutor for other students

    Extra-Curricular Activities and Extra Stuff:
    Model UN, Peer Tutor, editor-in-chief of my school paper, JV Tennis as a freshman, Winner of multiple piano competitions and passed level advanced of piano theory in New York State, Winner of a New York journalism competition (only 25 dollar prize), local hospital volunteer

    AP test scores:
    Music Theory: 4
    Aural 4
    Non-aural 5

    AP World History: 4

    SAT: I JUST took it the other day as a first practice at my town SAT center. Didn't study for it whatsoever and almost fell asleep halfway through so hopefully my score will rise significantly.
    Reading: 560
    Writing: 580
    Math: 660

    UPENN IS MY DREAM, let me know if I have a chance :/
  • eloiseeeeloiseee Registered User Posts: 26 New Member
    dude. this is the wesleyan board.
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