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Just rejected! Please chance me :)

RudeCharacterRudeCharacter 2 replies1 threads New Member
Here are my stats! I just got rejected from Cornell :( Was a little bit surprised since I do have a "quirky" activities list and was asked for an "informational meeting" less than twenty-four hours after submitting my app on Nov 1 (and it went on for over an hour and a half! but i guess my supplemental wasn't strong enough since i threw it together last minute basically) Congratulations to everybody who got in your ED schools either tonight or the past few days! Everybody here is proud of you.

Background: Downward trend for my grades, went from straight As to 4 Bs in a semester. My sister goes to Harvard and was virtually accepted to every school she applied to in her year. I only have parent legacy at Purdue U (already applied EA). I will be app financial aid to every school.

SAT I (breakdown): 1520 (only one take -- 800 Math 720 R+W, 18 Essay 6/6/6)
ACT (breakdown): --
SAT II: 730 Math II (reported), 650 Chemistry (not reported)
Unweighted GPA (out of 4.0): ~3.79, took additional classes to buffer, 4.44 (WGPA out of the 5.0)
Rank (percentile if rank is unavailable): -- School does not Rank
AP (place score in parenthesis): 5 Chinese, 5 Psych, 4 Gov, 3 Lang, 2 BC, 2 Chem (only will report first four depending on which school)
IB (place score in parenthesis): no IB offered at school
Senior Year Course Load: Newspaper, AP Biology, Anatomy, HEng 12 (dropped from Lit), Intro to Stat (dropped from MV Calc) -- This year has been awful, I've been unstable and depressed :(
Major Awards (USAMO, Intel etc.): N/A
Minor Awards: Scholastic Keys, Seal of Biliteracy

Extracurriculars (place leadership in parenthesis): Division I Varsity Tennis (captain - 3 years), Newspaper + Yearbook (Business Manager $120k+), Math Team (Captain - 4 years), Science bowl
I added hobbies as a part of this -- writing fanfic (yeah i put this down- generated over 200k+ views, piano and violin, and painting; attached an art portfolio)
Job/Work Experience: did SHIP at NIST, researched and presented to SigmaLabs (company) Team on software and manufacturing evaluations, FOUNDED my own art studio and writing workshop to voluntarily tutor and teach kids
Volunteer/Community service: Student County Board, Club that goes around the county to teach at low-income schools
Summer Activities:

Essays (rating 1-10, details): 8 for CommonApp, will work to improve on it.
Recommendations (rating 1-10, details): eh
Teacher Rec #1: Lang Teacher, loved me - 8
Teacher Rec #2: Had to write my own for my psych teacher - 7
Counselor Rec: generic rec that she gave everybody - 7
Additional Rec: had to write my own for my mentor - 7
Other- Peer Rec 10

Intended Major: Engineering or Psych or Biomed Engineering
School Type: Public; ultra-competitive
Ethnicity: Chinese-- East Asian
Gender: Female
Income Bracket: 80-90k
Hooks (URM, first-generation college, etc.):
Strong things about me: I'm great at interviews and talking with people.

I have already applied to: Tulane, Reed, Purdue, UMD, Johns Hopkins. Thank you! I really appreciate this :)
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  • RudeCharacterRudeCharacter 2 replies1 threads New Member
    hi haha could someone please help :)
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  • DadTwoGirlsDadTwoGirls 5887 replies1 threads Senior Member
    Are you from Indiana? Are you thinking of Purdue as your safety? From what I have heard it is a very good choice. Your guidance counselor would know much better than I what your chances are there.

    I think of Reed as being quite different from some of your other schools, including Cornell and Purdue.

    For what it is worth I was also rejected by Cornell (but for graduate school) many years ago. I went to my second choice and loved it.
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  • PublisherPublisher 9128 replies111 threads Senior Member
    Most concerned about your comment:

    "This year has been awful, I've been unstable and depressed."

    Have you shared this with a medical professional ? If not, consider doing so.

    Based on your shared stats & info., you should be accepted to several of your targeted schools. But you need to be healthy & happy in order to make the most of any opportunity.
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  • PublisherPublisher 9128 replies111 threads Senior Member
    OP: Based on your interests, Rice University in Houston, Texas might be of interest to you.
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  • momofsenior1momofsenior1 8382 replies71 threads Senior Member
    I think you have a very good shot at being admitted to Purdue and UMD. That said, what is your safety? (A true safety - financial and 70%+ acceptance rate)

    For anyone else reading this thread for the future - speed of scheduling an alumni meeting at Cornell, or the duration of said meeting, means nothing in terms of likelihood of acceptance. Alumni meetings are non evaluative and the speed in getting a meeting just means your regional chair was on the ball with scheduling.
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