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By Blinkeve1826 (Blinkeve1826) on Wednesday, January 07, 2004 - 10:06 pm: Edit

I'm a junior in high school, and I want to study Music Education in college. I'm considering NYU (Steinhardt), Boston University, Penn State, SUNY Potsdam. Even though I don't know some of my stats yet, I'll post what I do know here.

GPA: About a 90 (Unweighted APs and IBs). I tend to do much better in music, language and arts classes, and worse in math and history. Not terrible, I'd say mid 80's, but not great, either.
AP's\IB's, and averages so far, unweighted: IB English, 92; AP\IB US, 81; AP Spanish, 92; IB Theatre, 92.
PSAT: Verbal - 57; Math - 67, Writing - 74
Index 198, 95th Percentile
SAT II's, which I'm probably retaking: Verbal - 610; Math IC - 690, Writing - 750.

EC's:

Since 9th grade: GSA, Comedy Troupe (writing and performance comedy group), NYSSMA (I don't know how much NYSSMA is looked at, if it's looked at at all, but I got 24\28 Level IV 9th grade, 96\100 Level VI 10th grade)

Since 10th grade: Book Club, Peer Mediation, Buddy Program, ITS (International Thespian Society, 10th Grade Rep), Starting this year I was also one of the two student representatives on the district's Human Development Committee.

Since 11th Grade: Spanish Honor Society, Tri-M, Leadership Group, Chamber Choir, Caroling Choir, President of both the Book Club and Comedy Troupe. In a few weeks I'm having a workshop at a local library for beginning actors in grades 6-9. It's a pretty big deal, it's in local newspapers and stuff, but I don't know how big of a deal it would be to colleges.

There are other various things that I did for a year and decided I didn't like, like the art and literary magazine, Hebrew Culture Club (which I liked, but it disbanded), Students Against Drug Abuse, a Spanish poetry contest which I may actually do again this year, etc. Also, over the summer I've been going to a creative and performing arts camp, and someone said I should put that down too. What do you think? Would it help?

I got a Who's Who Among American High School Students award or something, it said it was for the top 5% of students in the nation...what do you guys know about this? Is it as good as it sounds, and is it impressive, or is it something that like 75% of people at NYU receive?

Another thing about the EC's...I don't know if it looks like it, but I'm not resume padding with them...I genuinely enjoy these things, and as you can see from how long I've been doing most of them, I'm pretty committed to them.


Community Service: Breast Cancer Walk since 10th grade, about 30 or so hours at a local nursing home, volunteering at a local festival twice a year for four hours each (I've been doing this since I was six), community theatre for, like, forever, I don't even remember when I started.

Assuming I get a pretty good SAT score (1300+), my grades stay pretty much as they are now (I'm working on improving them though...), and I keep up my EC's (I'm running for and have a good shot at president of GSA and VP of ITS next year), what do you think? Please tell me what you think, and (specifically) what you think I should improve. Thanks a lot!

~~Melanie

By the way, if one of the acronyms or anything else is unclear, just post that it is and I'll explain what it means.


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