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By Gagner (Gagner) on Saturday, September 13, 2003 - 09:30 pm: Edit

Any suggestions for colleges for me?

I like: extra-currilar/community involvement. Good liberal arts. Interesting town/city (preferring the latter). Nice "community" warm and fuzzy feel. Energy. Challenging. Diversity.

I wanna be a lawyer.

I have 3 on my list right now and need more suggestions for colleges in the "match" category.


Stats, etc.:

Standardized Tests:
4 on AP US History
4 on AP Art History
5 on AP Computer Science AB
5 on AP Calculus AB
5 on AP English Lang/Com
5 on AP Biology
5 on AP Euro History
5 on AP World History
1550 on SAT I (800M,750V)
760 on SAT II: US History
780 on SAT II: Math IIC
780 on SAT II: Writing

More stats:
Rank 1/1157
About 70 people share rank #1 (number may be around 40 now, I haven't checked in a while)
(unweighted 4.77 - but my school doesn't do that, so it doesn't really matter.)

Extra Curriculars:
- Theatre 15-20 hrs/week (Freshmen Officer, Secretary - Sophomore)
member all four years
- French Club 1-3 hrs/week (Vice President - Junior)
member junior & senior year
- Mu Alpha Theta 1-2 hrs/week (Treasurer - Sophomore)
member all four years
- Overseas China Education Fund: Youth Club 0-3 hrs/week (Initiator & President - 1/2 of Junior year)
member junior & senior years
- Interact Community Service 0-3 hrs/week
member freshman, sophomore, and senior years
member senior year

- Web Site Designer 40 hrs/week : summer 2003
- English Teacher on Houston Chinese Radio 2 hrs/week : summer 2003
- Music Teacher at Houston HuaXia Chinese School 1 hr/week : summer 2003
- Attended National Leadership Conference in International Diplomacy : summer 2003

- National AP Scholar (2003)
- National Merit SemiFinalist (2003)
- Triple Gold Medal'd at Texas French Symposium in Prose, Poetry, Monologue (2003)
- Won Texas State Thespian Festival's Publicity Design (2002)
- 2nd Place: Houston Forum Piano Contest (2003)
- Finalist: Houston Symphony Concerto Contest (2003)
- 5A UIL State Contender in One-Act Play (2002)
- Performed Mainstage at International Thespian Festival (2002)
- Designed Sound for an Edinburgh Fringe Festival Play (2003)

College Essay:
- a poetic one about piano and music
- a straight-forward one with a twist at the last paragraph.

1. AP French Teacher (French is considered considered Academic? n'est-ce pas?)
2. AP Bio teacher

Extra stuff:
1. Recommendation from Theatre Teacher (She's known me for 4 years)
2. Tape of me playing Piano


By Richardsimmonsg (Richardsimmonsg) on Sunday, September 14, 2003 - 11:17 am: Edit

How do you calculate your unweighted GPA?

By Reidmc (Reidmc) on Sunday, September 14, 2003 - 02:16 pm: Edit

super academic and EC record - congrats!

Strong, small urban/suburban Liberal Arts schools you might be interested in: Swarthmore, Haverford, Bryn Mawr, Macalester and Barnard. From what I hear, likely Haverford and Bryn Mawr are the "warm and fuzziest." Oberlin isn't urban but I suspect you'd really like it there.

Traditional liberal arts education is also available at larger universities, though there can be issues of community, personal attention and access to resources across departments (often students are unable to get certain classes, or in the fine arts area, performance and study opportunities, unless they major in those areas.) Looking at your record and interests I'd suggest Yale, Harvard, U of Chicago, Carnegie Mellon, Johns Hopkins and NYU.

By Carolyn (Carolyn) on Sunday, September 14, 2003 - 09:15 pm: Edit

I'd also add Pomona or Claremont-McKenna to the list Reidmc mentioned. good luck!

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