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Discus: What Are My Chances?: April 2004 Archive: OUT OF TOUCH WITH REALITY
By Cuspidor (Cuspidor) on Wednesday, April 07, 2004 - 03:27 pm: Edit

Peruvian
male
19 years old.
Applying as transfer to Cornell (and for aid)
alcoholic
prozac-dependant

I've studied one full year at a university in Lima, GPA: 2.9 (maybe a bit more cause of the conversion, we use different grading system).
I did IB exams, got a 33
I got all As in my IGCSE
SAT: 1170 (590 verbal, 580 math)
TOEFL: 283 (out of 300)
Superb recommendations
Few ECs but I've been doing them since I can remember- really commited to them.
Sound Work Experience

My portfolio is very very strong. I'm very artistic say, very theoric... pretty unorthodox: Im lame at courses which I dont like, but excell at those I love.

I had my portfolio reviewed at the interview with a Cornell faculty. He was impressed with my work, said MY INTELLECTUAL CURIOSITY FAR EXCEEDED THAT OF CORNELL STUDENTS. I'm prerry strong in my field. A woman from UPenn said I was a "latebloomer". 5 universities in England have accepted me, including one which is meant to be the most selective in Europe for architecture.

So, what do the forum freaks think?

By Robert456 (Robert456) on Wednesday, April 07, 2004 - 03:30 pm: Edit

I do not know...I would think that a 2.9 w/ a 1170 wouldn't get you in to an ivy, or at least that is what I thought.

By Cuspidor (Cuspidor) on Wednesday, April 07, 2004 - 03:37 pm: Edit

I think that too. Thats why I also applied to UTexas...

By Northstarmom (Northstarmom) on Wednesday, April 07, 2004 - 04:25 pm: Edit

A 2.9 is extremely low. Being alcoholic and prozac-dependant and having major financial need also won't help your chances. If you want to come to the US to college, I suggest that you apply to far less competitive colleges.

Having a wonderful portfolio is nice, but, frankly, places like Ivies can fill up their classes with people who are creative and intellectually curious plus have high grades and scores. In addition, having plenty of intellectual curiosity combined with relatively low grades can predict a student who'll drop out to happily forge their own path, not the kind of students colleges want to admit.

By Robert456 (Robert456) on Wednesday, April 07, 2004 - 04:30 pm: Edit

Yeah...texas is hard to get into...I would say that that is a reach school for you...sorry

By Idonotcare (Idonotcare) on Wednesday, April 07, 2004 - 04:32 pm: Edit

19 yr old alcoholic, do not come to US, cuz u can not legally drink till 21.

By _Failure (_Failure) on Wednesday, April 07, 2004 - 04:44 pm: Edit

Good point: stay in Europe = can drink excessively legally

BUT NOBODY FALLS THE LIQUOR LAW HERE ANYWAY

By Zerostylus (Zerostylus) on Wednesday, April 07, 2004 - 05:19 pm: Edit

nobody uses proper grammar either.

By _Failure (_Failure) on Wednesday, April 07, 2004 - 05:39 pm: Edit

*FOLLOWS

Proper grammar is overvalued.

By _Failure (_Failure) on Wednesday, April 07, 2004 - 05:40 pm: Edit

Besides, maybe alias isn't great@grammar. It is _failure.

By _Failure (_Failure) on Wednesday, April 07, 2004 - 05:40 pm: Edit

Besides, maybe alias isn't great@grammar. It is _failure.

By Cuspidor (Cuspidor) on Wednesday, April 07, 2004 - 05:58 pm: Edit

Thankyou people.
I'll let you know the outcomes.

By Bern700 (Bern700) on Friday, April 09, 2004 - 03:02 am: Edit

wow if you correct someone's grammar on an internet forum you should be shot...get a life.


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