posted a thread in another board but no helpful responses:
I'm a high school sophomore currently heated up over the exhaustion that is college admissions.
A little about me:
My charter offers zero AP courses and only two honors classes, both of which I am taking. They just started honors this year, and supposedly next year they'll have history and English AP. My school operates under a policy of closed-forum, meaning no school or student sponsored clubs are allowed, although students can form clubs outside of school. My grade has ~90 kids, most of whom are ex-homeschoolers (including myself), and little academic break is between students, meaning virtually all students rank above average or average. In other words, ranking in the top 10% is kind of hard since my competition has little or no lackies. This isn't a normal p.s with ~500 kids and ~250 of them are academically below average.
Also, my school is very limited in resources since emphasis is put on one-on-one attention and use of personal computers (issued to every student). Also also, this is only the second year my school been existence, and I've been there for both.
I'm getting involved in some film-related activities, namely the San Diego Jewish film festival, hopefully the 2006 SD film festival, Boys and Girls Club, and various school-sponsored activities that colleges usually don't care about.
I've won some local awards for my writing, yes yes I write well...I'm just not into int@rweb discussions so my vocab and sentence fluency will remain limited, try not get offended. : D
My family and relatives are academic wh0res. Here is a short list of schools family members of attended or attending:
Yale - cousin
Brown - other cousin
Northwestern - Uncle #1
UPenn - Uncle # 2
Swarthmore - Uncle #3, now a professor at NW
Father - Carnegie Mellon, UChicago, UC Irvine, waitlisted UPenn (like that matters).
My immediate family is financially unfortunate. Father makes 100k a year, but little is spared for my mom or siblings, outside family members are also pretty wealthy but have no intention of assisting.
How far does legacy play out in the schools I want to go to?
Do I have a chance?
Are important are community services hours to colleges? I'm sick and tired of tracking every stupid minute I'm within proximity of a no-purpose activity. Should I just say I [insert task here] for [insert date(s) here] as a [insert role here, volunteer, promoter, tutor, blah blah blah].
I know colleges want to see leadership roles. I'm in "leadership" (associative student body) and plan on being President, Vice-President, of student body or junior class next year....
I rank in the top 20% for now
Fresh: History, Bio, Algebra (dropped), English, Sp1 (dropped), and P.E.
I missed over 75% of primary school, which has translated in lacking math abilities. Will colleges understand? I'm really good at English, and do pretty well in virtually everything else.
Also - E.S is being taken at keystone since the only science course offered at HS is Physics, which sucked. I didn't take a FL last year either.
Please understand high school was a total shock for me. I didn't attend school out of social and mental instability during my youth. When high school kicked in, I realized finally how much grades matter...
I was never hand-held while at elementary or middle school, so consider that...
FILM is my intended major, so naturally schools that interest me have decent film programs.
MY SCHOOLS: I want to stay in California, but if I really have to go I'll go out of state..
*Brown (eh, could happen - cousin is currently enrolled)
*UCB (just for kicks)
ALSO ALSO ALSO, I'm not sure how much this matters...but my school's API score is 850+, while the district average is around 760.
I'm not quite sure how far this plays out though...!!
I had to see my therapist today cause I was having mental breakdown over this, so try not to criticize too much. : )
Again, please excuse mechanical errors - I'm really apathetic to the writing portion of stuff like this. Understand, I am a good writer....