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Chance me Wesleyan

anrosaanrosa 0 replies1 threads New Member
Hello!
I am a senior in high school and my top school is Wesleyan University. I would just like to know what my chances of getting in are! Also before I begin, in the 8th grade I had to apply and audition for the high school that I attend, where I specialize in theatre. However, I do not plan on pursuing a professional career in theatre, even though I do love it. I am leaning more towards teaching. Okay, here we go!

Demographics:
Dominican, From Virginia, Raised by two mothers for most of my life

Stats:
GPA: Weighted 4.5 (My school does not do unweighted GPAs)
Class Rank: 21/524, top 4%
(I did not receive an ACT score within range of what Wesleyan typically requires, so I did not send any in. I am also not a good test taker to begin with.
All of the classes I have taken throughout school, with the exception of gym, has been either AP or honors. This includes all of my required theatre courses.

Extracurricular Activities:
- Summer Residential Governor’s School for the Arts
Sophomore Year (During Summer Break)
Recommended and auditioned for statewide program for the arts. Competed against over 1000 applicants, one of 100 to be selected and attend.

- Playwriting Festival: Playwright and Director
Junior Year (During School Year)
Selected through peer voting process. Wrote and directed piece on struggles of being “latino enough,” also lead actress in another play at festival.

-The Magic Rainforest, An Amazon Journey: Director
Senior Year (During School Year)
Directed piece that traveled around the community. All money made donated to the Rainforest Foundation.

-Virginia High School League Theater Competition
Sophomore-Senior Year (During School Year)
Selected through an open audition process. A team of 9 actors and I traveled around the state to perform theater competitively.

-Shakespeare Festival: Intern
Freshman Year (During School and Summer Break)
Oversaw set and props, managed scene changes, and recorded stage directions for professional actors.

-Performing Arts Events: Head Lighting Designer
Junior-Senior Year (All School Year)
Competed against a pool of applicants. Accountable for devising a plan, leading and mentoring crew, and executing entire lighting design.

-Theater Specialty Center
Freshman- Senior Year (All School Year)
Applied and auditioned for in eighth grade. Intensive program allows students to experience a diverse, arts based curriculum.

-4th Wall Leadership Program
Junior- Senior Year (All Year)
Created promotional videos, wrote published reviews, proctored auditions, and actively volunteered for a professional theater company.

-International Honors Thespian Society: Secretary
2018-2020 (During School Year)
Society is responsible for connecting with the community through theater. I assist this process by administering meetings and recording notes.

-National BETA Club
2018-2020 (During School Year)
Applied and selected for. Club focuses on taking leadership within the community through volunteer work.

Awards:
Virginia High School League Theater Competition:
State Finalists
2018

Virginia High School League Theater Competition: Regional Level
Outstanding Actress
2019

School Wide Department Award:
Excellence in Theater
2017/2018/2019

School Wide Award:
GPA Excellence Award
2018/2019

Girl Scouts:
Silver Award
2016

Additional Comments:
In the 2018 theater competition I was involved in, my team and I brought our school to state finals for the first time in 30 years. Prior to my leadership positions in theater, I frequently participated in several productions, and had to work my way up to the major positions I attained. As for my professional experience, after interning for Quill Theater, I was frequently offered additional opportunities to support their productions. Finally, in terms of my current work, I am the lead actress in a play that documents the true stories of Hurricane Maria survivors, in which all of the money accumulated from this production will be donated to charities that specialize in rehabilitating the still damaged parts of Puerto Rico.

As for more of my current work, for The Magic Rainforest: An Amazon Journey, by Jose Gonzalez. I was immediately drawn to this piece, and after several discussions with my teacher and the playwright himself, I was granted the opportunity to direct this show.
This production will travel around the community, in order to educate young audiences on the demolition of our rainforests and the indigeneous peoples who inhabit them. Wherein, all of the money accumulated will be donated to a charity that specializes in these causes. As part of my vision, I chose to have all of the props and set pieces within this play be made out of recycled materials, and in preparation spent my summer collecting trash off the beaches in South Florida.

I realize that is a lot but I would appreciate if someone could provide their input on my chances! I realize that doing better on AP tests and the ACT would have benefited my application, but I would like to know if I would be a good competitor with what I have. Thank you!
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  • Helen13Helen13 100 replies3 threads Junior Member
    Coupla questions: are you a US citizen? would you check Hispanic for ethnic group? Would you be any other URM (non-Asian, non-Caucasian) for race? Did neither parent graduate from college by their 20s? Are you in a rural area?

    Any "yes" answer above helps your admissions chances.

    Is your family's income below $100,000? Did you work after school to help support the family or take care of family members? Does your family have no high dollar or only has low value assets (paid home, business, trust funds, investments accounts)? Does your family receive any governmental support like SNAP or Free/Reduced Lunch? Are you in Trio? Are you Pell-eligible? If so, are you EFC $0?

    Any "yes" answer above helps your admissions chances.

    If you are a senior, it's too late to apply using the Questbridge application, but looking on the QB website will give you a guide to what elite schools (QB partner schools) are looking for in lower SES applicants.
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  • Helen13Helen13 100 replies3 threads Junior Member
    Looking at Wes' Common Data Set https://www.wesleyan.edu/ir/data-sets/CDS_2018-2019.pdf, there are more Hispanic students at Wes than Asian or Black students, so I would conclude Wes is interested in recruiting/admitting Hispanic students.

    For contrast, there's only 1 Native American and only 1 Native Hawaiian student at the school.
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