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By jamesyoon on Monday, December 09, 2002 - 08:06 pm: Edit

This is for a very mathy school such as MIT or Caltech:

Decent SAT scores and GPA.
1470 (760 Math, 710 Verbal)
800 IIC, 760 Writing, 720 Chemistry, 700 Physics, 680 Biology
GPA is 3.8/4.0 (no weight)
freshman year was 3.53, the reason for the low GPA
Yes, I know my scores are not too impressive.
This is my EC and Achievements, breifly:

1)Mathematical Olympiad Summer Program (MOP)
Training program for the National Team
2)United States of Mathematical Olympiad Qualifier
3)AIME High Scorer (Top 7 in state)
4)AMC 12 High Scorer (Top 2 in state)
5)Mandelbrot Competition Top 4 in Nation, team and individual
6)State Math League, perfect score first place
7)State Science Fair, First Place
ISEF (International Science and Engineering Fair) Trip Winner
ISEF Symposium Finalist, Senior Division
First Place Category, Mathematics and Computer
Intel Excellence in Computer Science Award, Senior Division
Special Computer Award, Grand Prize
Columbia University Alumni Association Award
New Jersey Academy of Science Award
NJIT Academic Fellowship
Metric Award
8)Intel International Science Fair, Finalist
9)Intel International Science Fair, First Place Army Winner
10)MIT-Lincoln Labortory, got a Minor Planet named after myself because of math achievements
11)Harvard-MIT Math Tournament, 3rd Place Overall
12)Atlantic-Pacific Math League, Perfect Score first place
13)Program in Mathematics for Young Scientists (PROMYS) - Graduate Level Course in Number Theory, six weeks for two summers. Highest Score on Midterm exam, completed number theory and combinatorics
14)Two Research Papers
15)ARML Team - Top finishes, team high scorer
16)NYSML Team - Unofficial 2nd place, we were not official because we were out of state
17)Internet Science and Technology Fair, Certificate of Meritorious Achievement from the National Medal of Technology Program, Hall of Fame Member
18)Newspaper article in the paper about exceptional student athlete.
19)National recognition from Study of Exceptional Talent (SET)
20)Member of Varsity Tennis team since Freshman year
21)All-League and All-County awards
22)Captain of Math and Tennis teams
23)Honor Roll and Dean's List
24)National Honor Society
and lot of other stuff that i dont find important..
my friends are all numbers, im like opposite

By david on Monday, December 09, 2002 - 08:11 pm: Edit

all i can say is awesome

By Impressed on Monday, December 09, 2002 - 08:21 pm: Edit

most definitely....you show passion and dedication in one area, and that's all you need. I'm surprised your science test scores aren't that high - you seem to be very good at the sciences - but you got it where it counts with the Science Fair, MIT, and Intel honors. Keep out the great work man, good luck.

By jamesyoon on Monday, December 09, 2002 - 08:30 pm: Edit

I am good at Math, not particurlay science. Also, Physics. However, SAT II requires lot of memorization and I was not aware of this, and this is why I did not so well. I am more of person who likes to analyze than to memorize. Science Fair was with a Math project.

By asdf on Monday, December 09, 2002 - 08:46 pm: Edit

i wish i had 24 things to list like that... should've taken that SAT again... to at least boost that 760 to an 800... with all those math credentials, it's almost expected..

By jamesyoon on Monday, December 09, 2002 - 08:48 pm: Edit

I thought exact opposite of you asdf...
I would think that the admissions will give me the benefit of the doubt of that 760 to a 800, and I did not have time to take the SAT's too much due to conflicted timing with competitions. Plus, I had a 800 math in 8th grade which is stated in my newspaper article

By andy on Monday, December 09, 2002 - 09:49 pm: Edit

good job

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