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By Anduin (Anduin) on Thursday, September 18, 2003 - 12:23 am: Edit

I posted my stats a few weeks ago, but my top choices have changed significantly since then, so I decided that a repost was in order. Please rate my chances at the following:

Yale EA

SAT I Verbal 770
SAT I Math 800
SAT II Math II/C 800
SAT II US History 800
SAT II Latin 750
ACT composite 36
AP: Sophomore: BC Calc 5
Junior: U.S. History 5, Latin Vergil 5
National Merit Semifinalist (227 index)

Grades and school stuff:
Class rank: 36 out of 768
GPA 4.355 weighted
Workload: The heaviest. I am in all AP classes this year, including a nationally regarded Chem-Phys program, except for math, for which I am taking a unique independent study Real Analysis course in conjunction with Northwestern University and the University of Chicago
School: An extremely competitive public (not magnet) school in the Chicago suburbs

Senior Schedule:
Math Independent Study
AP English (Lit)
AP European History
AP Latin Lit: Catullus and Horace
4 Chem/Phys AP (third year of an honors-AP-AP program that has one course at a time but the Chemistry and Physics C AP tests at the end of senior year)

Math Team 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th grades
2nd in state on Junior level individual contest in 2003
Member of state champion frosh-soph relay team in 2002
Member of state champion Freshman team in 2001
Scholastic Bowl 10th, 11th, and 12th grades
Varsity co-captain 11th and 12th grades
I have been active in my church's youth group throughout high school
Tutoring 10th, 11th, and 12th grades
Latin Club 11th, 12th grades
National Latin Exam Summa Cum Laude (that is, a gold medal) 10th, 11th grades

1-week missions trip to Mexico
Participated in the 6-week Hampshire College Summer Studies in Mathematics (has the added bonus of a very detailed, very strong recommendation from college professors)

Recommendations (I expect): Glowing, full of superlatives

I know that it's a crapshoot at the top, so I'm going to write the essay and roll the dice. Are there any significant chinks in my armor?

By Anduin (Anduin) on Friday, September 19, 2003 - 05:48 pm: Edit


By Congresssenator (Congresssenator) on Friday, September 19, 2003 - 11:02 pm: Edit

Thanks for your comment on my thread.

My tip for you: is there a certain activity or ineterest you can highlight? It's much easier for the adcoms to remember you if they're like "Oh wow, that's the cool Latin mathematician guy." instead of "Another boring well-rounded kid."

From what I heard, it's all in the way you present yourself. So hit your strongest points and drive them home. Hard.

I hope this helps!

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