A few q's

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By Skittles (Skittles) on Wednesday, March 05, 2003 - 12:51 am: Edit

i have no ec's whatsoever i know thats really bad, so what are some good easy/quick w/e things i can do.
also is it possible for the app readers to know if your ec's are complete bs or not.

do colleges like it better if you have easy classes and a higher gpa, or harder ones with a lower gpa.
also do the colleges usually look at your weighted or unweighted grades.

does high school prestige come into play by the app reviewers if its a public school, (when i entered my hs it was 2nd best in state of ca, and i had transfered from a specialised (magnet) hs in nyc... would this help me.)

my school doesnt do ranks, is that a problem.

thx 4 ur help.

By Kalitiha (Kalitiha) on Wednesday, March 05, 2003 - 01:06 am: Edit

Get some extracurriculars, I don't know your grade, so maybe you're in an okay position. I can't recommend any because it totally depends on what you like to do. I believe that admissions counselors can sniff out B.S.--especially if you do something like schedule yourself to have 36 hours in the day. Lying on an application is the worst thing you can do. Colleges definitely want to see that you have taken the most difficult classes available, preferably with good grades. However, challenging yourself, regardless of grades, always looks better than slacking off. It's unlikely that a college will know of your school's reputation, so have your counselor include an information packet with your school report. I had my counselor do this because my school has one of the top 100 AP programs in the nation--so she sent brochures, which I'm pictured in, as well as the statistics of last year's class and colleges that students from my school have attended.

By Skittles (Skittles) on Wednesday, March 05, 2003 - 02:14 am: Edit

another problem is that my school doesnt have too many ap's and ca is doing budget cuts so most new teachers and ap's are being removed, they made all sports afterschool activities and same thing with clubs.

the classes that i take are all pretty hard, 2 years ahead of rest of class in math and language, both of them being honors, i also have chem honors, and have had bio honors last year, my freshmen year i had a 3.9 unweighted, and this year im totaly bombing (im a soph) my overall is already down to a 2.7 :o but its a 3.6 wieghted

but since im only a soph i have time to improve, hopefully.

so far ec's are the only thing im worried about, and i have no idea what to do for them.

By Yourlocalmayor (Yourlocalmayor) on Wednesday, March 05, 2003 - 11:04 am: Edit

yah, keep working hard, never give up.

By Kalitiha (Kalitiha) on Wednesday, March 05, 2003 - 11:39 am: Edit

If your school only has a few AP's, then it doesn't sound like a very good school. If you meant that it has high test scores or a low drop out rate, that's a different thing from being prestigious. But, definitely keep working hard. I know it sucks now to always be working, but it's the mistakes your soph and junior year that really make you feel the worst when it's too late to change them and you're in the middle of the application process.

By Texas137 (Texas137) on Wednesday, March 05, 2003 - 11:46 am: Edit

try broadening your definition of EC. It does not have to be anything through the school or anything highly organized. What do you do with your free time? If you have to work, then say that and they won't expect much in the way of ECs. Otherwise, think "hobbies" rather than "school clubs", and put that down.

By Skittles (Skittles) on Wednesday, March 05, 2003 - 07:09 pm: Edit

hmm, about the ec's part ive been thinking i could just butter up my hobbie like texas137 said. and today im already planning to co-found two clubs with friends.

another question how many total ap classes are there?

perhaps my school does have most of them, except for ap stats which just got cut. and since thats the easiest ap i got a bit pissed and so may have overexagerrated when i posted earlier.

and kalitha my school is the 2nd best public school.. the teachers always say that, and i saw it on one internet statistic. not sure about other sources. i think its good since it has like a 99% graduation rate and avg leaving gpa is above a 4.

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