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Discus: What Are My Chances?: March 2003 Archive: Woe is I?
By Rowan (Rowan) on Friday, March 07, 2003 - 12:31 am: Edit

Here're my basic stats right now, as a junior:

Unweighted TGPA: 3.64
Weighted TGPA: 3.71
Class rank: 49/429 (ouch! seems random as a
4.3+student with 8 exceptionally
difficult courses per semester can be
ranked 6 whereas a mere 4.0 student
with minimal and non-academic courses
can be (and is) 1)
SAT I: 710V, 570M (1280) (retaking)
ACT: Taking in April (PLAN predicts 31+)
SAT II: Taking in June (expecting 800, 750, 670)
PSAT: ~188 (horrid!)

Course load: taken most rigorous available, incl.:
* English (H) I, II; AP English III (Lang)
expect to take AP English IV (Lit)
* Two years of French (will be taking college
French during summer)
* Total of 4 non-academic classes taken for HS
graduation requirements (total courses: 33),
including Academic Decathlon
* Current&Proposed APs:
* AP Language/Composition
* AP Literature/Composition
* AP Biology
* AP US History
* AP US Gov't (not offered class)
* AP Economics (not offered class)
* AP Calculus
* AP French (not eligible via class)

* Theatre/Drama (4+ years)
- Officer: Clerk, Vice President
- Misc. Leadership: Stage Manager, Tech
Director, Ass't Director
* JSA (3+ years)
- Officer: Vice President (expect to be
president next year)
- 3 Best Speaker awards
- future State cabinet member
* Journalism (2 years)
- Editor (2 years)
* INTERact (Student rotary club; 2 years)
- class representative
* NHS (1 year)
- no leadership
- committee head & community representative
for Operation Provider, local
food&resource provisions distribution

Miscellaneous "Honors," et cetera:
* GSE Honors designation in Biology, Chemistry
(for those who don't know, GSE is optional
statewide merit testing for various
subjects; ranking levels, if any is
achieved at all, are Recognition, Honors
and High Honors)
* Highest service learning award for class of
* Published author (fiction) (tiny printing)
* invited to join and attended 2002 UCR Summer
Academy; creative writing course, taken for
college credit (3.0)

Intending to attend:
JSA Summer School @ Stanford University
UCR Summer Academy for Advanced High School
Students (I kid you not; that's it's title)

Information that may be of use:
- 1st generation college student
- low-income family
- family issues causing majority of B's in
record (no C's present, by the way)
- capable of writing killer essay (I hope!)
- CA resident

And, just to shock everyone with my audacity, the list of colleges to which I intend to apply:
Stanford (Early)
UC Berkeley
UC Los Angeles
New York University
Harvard University

I realize they're all reaches for my record -- I don't intend, after all, to attend a school at which I wouldn't be satisfied, and if I can't make those I'm taking the CC-to-transfer route -- but I am hedging my bets on the fact that admission is sometimes quirky with its "diversity" factor, and they could use someone like me to give you super-achievers an audience.

At any rate, from those of you who've either applied before and been rejected, accepted or waitlisted, I'd be curious to know your records. I am most specifically interested in those students who have a record as shabby as mine with some success stories. Heaven knows I've had enough of beating myself up over my troubles.

Have fun laughing at this one, guys.

By Rowan (Rowan) on Saturday, March 08, 2003 - 05:02 pm: Edit

BUMP. C'mon, guys, I know more than a few of you have things to say about this.

By Rowan (Rowan) on Sunday, March 09, 2003 - 03:59 pm: Edit


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