Hi there- really hoping I can get some input on my situation.
I am 16 years old and in my junior year at a middle college high school (which means that I am enrolled at a small high school and a large community college concurrently). My school is a very small school with an outstanding reputation- it has received numerous bronze medals from US Newsweek for the "Best High Schools in America" category and has a very high API score. It is highly competitive, therefore, I am not in the top 10% of my class.
Now for a little bit about myself
I am predicting my GPA to be around a 3.6-3.75 when I graduate. This is because I have a learning disability in math, so my low math grades have a negative impact on my overall GPA.
The learning disability will also impact the math portion of the SAT, which I will choose not to submit if I do end up applying to Holyoke. (Although in the PSAT, my reading score was very high...) We'll have to see how the SAT goes- but in short, im not expecting anything special.
Ok, time to go back to where I mentioned being a middle college student. At the time I graduate high school, I will have earned not one, but TWO associate degrees in History and Geography from my community college. Only a handful of middle college students obtain ONE associates degree by the time they graduate high school, let alone TWO. This means that I will have earned over 60 units at the college with all A's/ some B's in all of the courses needed for my majors. I am very involved at the college despite my age, and I am the co-founder/current Vice President of my community college's Geography Club. As the Vice President of Geography Club, I will be a leading team member of our college's first annual Science Fair next spring, where we will be conducting research on the impact of climate change on various cultural groups. (Part of the reason I want to attend Mount Holyoke is for their Geography program in particular) I will also be joining the community college honors/community service society Gamma Beta Phi next semester. I have been a member of my high school's National Honors Society for all three years so far.
As for extracurricular activities- I have been a Girl Scout for 11 years and have earned my Gold Award- a MAJOR leadership and community service project. It is the highest honor a Girl Scout can receive, and very few girls ever get it. I am also an avid equestrian of 12 years and have received numerous local show circuit awards.
As for my letter(s) of recommendation(s), they will be excellent. I know I could get an outstanding one from the Geography department chair of the community college. My personal statement/essay will be very strong.
Overall, I feel that Mount Holyoke is a perfect match for me. I am a strong, independent, and creative young woman who is ready to continue making a positive impact on the world around her. Education is very important to me.
That being said, I am not rich. Going to Mount Holyoke and wasting all of the transferable units I have worked so hard for is something difficult to come to terms with. I don't know if I could qualify for much financial aid, and I don't feel that I am good enough to earn a scholarship (or am I wrong?).
So my question for you is- 1) Do you think there is a chance I could get in to Mount Holyoke? 2) Is it worth the financial expenses/loss of units?
If all other things were set aside, and I was somehow in a position where I could attend any college in the US, I know where I would go. Mount Holyoke.