|By Lki (Lki) on Thursday, May 01, 2003 - 04:15 pm: Edit|
I thought I was in great shape til i started looking at the stats on this sight. Please tell me whether I can still fulfill my dream of going to a good school:
Currently a sophomore
PSAT (80 V, 73 M, 73 W) - 226 composite
Hon Physics, Hon English, Hon French, Hon Chem, Precal w/ Analysis, AP US Gov't, AP Comp Sci AB, Classical Greek 1 (first time course offered)
Junior year (probable):
AP Physics C, AP English Lang, AP French Lit, AP World History, AP Calc BC, AP Comparative Gov't, Health(graduation req.), Acting 1(graduation req.), Classical Greek 2
Senior Year (probable):
AP English Lit, AP French Lang, Multivariable calculus, AP Euro Hist, AP US Hist, either AP Chem OR physics internship at NIST (nat'l inst. of standars and tech.)
GPA: 3.91, 4.72W
Will probably get 5's on APs this year
EC's (not too glorious):
Debate and FOrensics (will be captain of best teams in area snr. year), Mock trial, Boy scout (will be eagle scout), church youth group and acolyte, President of statewide classical league.
plan to join It's Academic (quiz team), mathletes, NHS, French Honor Soc
I speak 4 languagues fluently (3 as a native) and am learning 5th, I have lived in Estonia for 2 years (and attended local schools)
My father is active in politics in europe
my main concern is ECs
|By Thedad (Thedad) on Thursday, May 01, 2003 - 04:24 pm: Edit|
Depends on what you mean by "good school." If you mean Ivy or a top LAC, then you're a lottery ticket. Your profile puts you into the eligible pool with a lot of other students who have the similar profile.
I think I read one of your posts elsewhere. One of your biggest tips could be the fact that your father is in the EC Parliament.
|By Heythere (Heythere) on Thursday, May 01, 2003 - 04:29 pm: Edit|
Well, your course load is frighteningly rigorous. Your PSAT scores as a sophomore are amazing! (I'm a sophomore too--194). Your ECs aren't too bad. Don't stress your life too much. It's cool that you're taking Greek.
|By Spamchang (Spamchang) on Thursday, May 01, 2003 - 04:41 pm: Edit|
eagle scout should take care of community service. what you need are competition awards. go out there and compete to win. i recommend science fair competitions and math/JCL competitions (since you're taking greek, i heavily recommend winning JCL awards).
forensics is good too, compete well in that but keep in mind the marginal utility of that if you cannot make NFL natls or TOCs.
bottom line: need awards, maybe more ECs if you feel like it.
|By Lki (Lki) on Thursday, May 01, 2003 - 07:00 pm: Edit|
well im going to debate camp @ yale this summer and i did just become state champion in greek oratory
|By Lki (Lki) on Thursday, May 01, 2003 - 09:12 pm: Edit|
|By Spamchang (Spamchang) on Thursday, May 01, 2003 - 10:04 pm: Edit|
eh. forget events. go for state latin student of the year or some overarching mega title. oratory is a better thing to win in but i mean, for instance, 1st place state level 5 mottoes isn't going to make that strong of an impact.
debate camp attendance doesn't do much really. that's how colleges see you spend your time which isn't a bad thing per se, but you should show some results, like winning state or above.
i went to a debate camp the summer after my freshman year, but i went to do research internships all the summers after that just because i could take the projects to competitions and win stuff.
|By Tweaks (Tweaks) on Friday, May 02, 2003 - 12:51 am: Edit|
You seem like a very capable student. Don't let these boards intimidate you; keep in mind that pessimists tend to outnumber optimists, and bitter people may always come back for a second helping.
I'm in a similar bind as you, actually. I had about a 71V/79M/73(?)W on my PSAT, top classes (albeit, they aren't so "top" due to the school system) with a 4.0 GPA, which allows only 6 periods normally and didn't accept 2 summer school math credits), and mediocre extracurrics. And I'm also a sophomore. As an interesting sidenote, I'm self-studying CompSci AB without taking any formal training, and I only learned programming since winter my freshman year. I have no idea how I'll do (my practice tests have been quite contradictory-- on the last Barron's multiplechoice, I've gotten about 9 out of 20 wrong, though on the first one, I only got about 7 wrong total).
And then I came to this board and promptly saw all the amazing rejections of perfect-scoring people. I've acquired a reputation of supposedly being able to go any college I want to a la the fact that I managed to get a 1600 on my SAT-1, which I didn't get in all 17 practice tests (lol, though I didn't try as hard), and I started to doubt myself a little.
If you believe in God, remember that there are more important things in life. Even if you don't, take my advice and just try to live every day for what it is; stressing the next two years to get into a good college may get you in there, but you'll live a more satisfied life if you're not always worried.
And your extracurrics seem plenty strong to me. One semester ago all I had was Marching band two years. Now, I've managed to do well at State Science Olympiad, was the captain of my school's Chemistry Olympiad team (what a joke -- however, I guilted myself into studying and did very well), and did well at the school's Science Fair. Somehow, looking back, I wonder how I got myself involved in so much "science" stuff. I never really went out and searched for it; I just did each one on its own, as it came to me.
Anyway, I'm beginning to ramble a bit. You seem everything like an Ivy candidate, so my advice is just to continue the way you are.
|By Spamchang (Spamchang) on Friday, May 02, 2003 - 01:23 am: Edit|
i admit to being a pessimist, but only because i have no idea what got me into harvard, princeton, stanford, rice, caltech, mit, and UT-austin. i did a whole lot of things, won a lot of awards, and i can only recommend people stack up the same way i did.
your experiences overseas might be very good to write about in your essay.
|By Bjturlington (Bjturlington) on Friday, May 02, 2003 - 05:31 am: Edit|
I mus have been an under-achiever. I got into Brown, Yale, Amherst, Swarthmore and a few others with a 3.9GPA, 1380-1480 SATs, 700s on SAT II's, a varsity sport, good ECs, great recs, ad a great essay. I did get rejected by Middlebury and Carleton, but I think that was best. My profile at the two schools made me one of many. Less distinguished, I guess.
I would say to keep working and don't overload yourself...concentrate on essays, recs and recommendations. Admissions officers are people and if you are appealing in person and acording to others (via recs and essays) and give back to your community (via ECs), you'll have a good acceptance pattern as long as you look at LACs and NUs in different geographic areas.
Good Luck and keep your chin up.
|By Lki (Lki) on Friday, May 02, 2003 - 05:57 pm: Edit|
|By Lki (Lki) on Sunday, May 04, 2003 - 09:14 pm: Edit|
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