I'm currently a grade 11 student and just wanted to know if I am on the right track for getting into these schools:
Rest of the Ivies
University of Washington... basically top10/20 schools
Here are my stats:
South Asian female living in Canada, first generation immigrant (does this matter?)
GPA: 3.8ish? (Switched from a really bad school after grade 9 that taught no math to a school that is known for the math program... taking the most rigorous courses but I got a B in the math course. Also I skipped a grade in math. Is this bad??)
Average: 93% if you consider grades 9 and 10 (10 was not a good year, right after school switch... but this year is much better)
SAT I: 2270 (too low?? I can retake)
SAT II: have not taken yet... not decided on which ones
Volunteer at local library (50+ hours) - organized art shows, children's events (gr 9)
Volunteer at hospital (100+ hours) (gr 10-present)
Teaching Punjabi class at my place of worship (9-present)
Leading and involved in various events at place of worship (9-present)
Diversity Day South Asian Leader (9)
Multicultural Night South Asian volunteer + leader (10, 11... at new school)
Fashion Show volunteer (10, probably 11... maybe leader this year)
Volunteer in university research lab (11)
Science Club (10, 11) - compete at various events in the province (so far 1st place in all of the ones I've done)
International Issues Club (10) - fund raising, raising awareness... stuff like that. the club shut down because the supervisor retired
Music: Band (9,10 - it's before school and I have no time now, waah!) piano, trumpet tenor sax (self-taught)
Public Speaking: Sikh Youth speech competition (2nd place in region), chosen to speak about a religious issue for the general public (esp. to motivate youth) (9,10)
Participated in mentorship program for high school students w/ med school students (10, maybe this year if it doesn't suck as much as last year, and I might start a school club for it)
Currently organizing a used book drive with a local elementary school (11)
Founder of Canadian Cancer Society's youth chapter at my school (11)... leadership stuff and volunteerism, raising funds + awareness for cancer prevention/treatment, etc...
Speaking of which, please watch this video! McGill Dances for Cancer Research Lipdub - YouTube
Every hit means more funds towards fighting cancer!! :)
Plus it's just cool!
I want to found a club this year for service, and I have a unique idea for it that people don't really do around here... but I don't want to say anything since I'm not exactly sure how it will work. It will happen, though! :)
Also in the process of starting a volunteer-based tutoring group for elementary school students that joins them with opportunities to volunteer in the community and stay away from bad influences (needed downtown) (11)
That's what I have right now. :)
More to come. Please let me know what you think.
Thanks a lot if you took the time to read this... I'd love to chance you back as well! :)
ALSO I'm a little concerned about my ECs... because of the whole moving schools thing and because my school in grade 9 didn't offer any ECs at all, I couldn't really have any leadership opportunities until grade 11, which is this year. So is that too late, or is that when most people start leading?? I'm really worried about this. Please help, I'd really appreciate it. AND also I don't really have any prestigious summer programs... is that really bad? I'm going to apply for some this year, but I couldn't before. Is this going to hurt me?