International Student from Peru shooting for the Ivies.

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Discus: What Are My Chances?: January 2004 Archive: International Student from Peru shooting for the Ivies.
By Binarystar (Binarystar) on Saturday, January 03, 2004 - 09:17 pm: Edit

I'm aiming for the 'top' schools (Ivy League schools and MIT). My first choice is MIT, although I can't do EA since I'm an international student.

So far, as a junior, I've got:

- Straight A's since 10th grade (3.5 in 9th grade... I didn't care that much about school then). I'll probably end up being valedictorian or at least be in the top 3.

- Full IB

- Four HLs: Physics, Chemistry, Math, and History of the Americas

- Two SLs: English A1 and Spanish B

- I'm also taking an online Nuclear Physics course this coming semester, and going to sit the AP Biology exam (going to prepare by myself) this year.

- Decent amount of community service. I'm part of the Operation Smile club, and I help out in every 'mission' they have. The missions last a weekend, but it's about 10hours a day.

- Community service every Saturday all through 10th grade. I'm going to start it again next semester (2nd half of junior year). I stopped for this semester because I was kind of tired and wanted to take a break,.

- Secretary position in the Operation Smile club. I'm planning on running for President next year for the Operation Smile Club, and Vice-President for my NHS or Debate club.

- Membership in the Debate Club, Eco Club, NHS, and Web-Design club.

- Varsity rugby. Can't really do any other sports because I have no more free time.

- Good relations with pretty much all my teachers and counselors. I'm sure they'll write good recommendation letters.

- Some awards here and there, but I don't think those were anything special or significant.

- 1310 in the SATs last year as a sophomore. Haven't got then PSAT results back. I'm expecting to get at least a 1400 on my SATs when I take them again, but aiming for 1500+.

I'm also trilingual, pretty much. Fluent in Korean and English, and I'm near-fluent in Spanish. I'm going to start learning French/Italian (one of the two) and Japanese this summer (I live in South America, so it's summer right now) break, and probably take the SAT IIs for one of them as well, just to show them I speak it. I'm not really sure if knowing more languages will help my chances or not (probably not), but I'm just doing it for fun anyway.

I go to an American school in South America. That means I don't really have as much opportunity as people do in the US in terms of science/math olympiads and stuff like that. I also wasn't able to apply to any summer programs because they're kind of expensive, and MIT's program didn't involve schools from Peru .

Okay, those are probably not that impressive for the geniuses and the model students here, but that's what I've got so far. So, what do you think? I know it's really a case-by-case kind of thing, but just try to give me an estimate I guess. In what areas am I lacking in? Do I even have a chance in these schools? =/

PS: I know I posted this on another forum, but I think this is the more appropriate one. Hopefully people will ignore the other one -_-

By Binarystar (Binarystar) on Sunday, January 04, 2004 - 04:10 am: Edit


By Thedad (Thedad) on Sunday, January 04, 2004 - 05:01 am: Edit

Look for posts by Gabypa. She was from Peru and got accepted EA to Harvard three weeks ago.

By Sokkerdude4 (Sokkerdude4) on Sunday, January 04, 2004 - 10:40 am: Edit

Peru is one cool place

By Binarystar (Binarystar) on Sunday, January 04, 2004 - 10:09 pm: Edit

I found some of her posts, but the link she posted only has her GPA and SAT scores, nothing more.

By Intb (Intb) on Monday, January 05, 2004 - 01:18 pm: Edit

im from South America too. My school only offers IB Diploma with an unweighted GPA.

By Thedad (Thedad) on Monday, January 05, 2004 - 02:48 pm: Edit

Gabypa posted quite a bit. Her e-mail isn't in her profile?

By Binarystar (Binarystar) on Monday, January 05, 2004 - 10:16 pm: Edit

I'll check her profile I guess...

But meanwhile, input would be nice ^_^

By Varr (Varr) on Monday, January 05, 2004 - 11:16 pm: Edit

Ive got her email do you want it?

By Cyberpark (Cyberpark) on Monday, January 12, 2004 - 08:48 am: Edit

You're a Korean, and you're living in Peru? Woah...guess I'm not the only Asian in latin-america.

By Anotherdad (Anotherdad) on Wednesday, January 14, 2004 - 04:14 pm: Edit

From your post, I am guessing you are female. That will help a lot at MIT. Also check out the Fu School at Columbia.

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