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Please help :)

shyc50shyc50 12 replies9 discussionsRegistered User
Hi everyone!

Like many students out there, I am a keen individual who has big dreams to attend an elite college. My top choices include Stanford, Columbia, Cornell, UPenn and Harvard. But, as usual, it is a tough process.

I am currently a junior in high school and as much as i know that this is a much despised thread in the CC community, could you please give me some feedback on what you think my chances are at these universities? your time and efforts are much appreciated :)

ethnicity: asian (born and raised in canada)
nationality: canadian
school: one of the top private schools in the country (college preparatory)
intended major: something in the sciences (biotechnology, surgery etc.)

SAT: 2300
SAT II: french(750) math ii(750) biology (800)
AP: psychology(5) biology(5) chemistry(5) microeconomics(5) macroeconomics(5)
-- psychology, micro and macro were self studied
GPA: 95%
Rank: ~1/97

-- I took the hardest courses available to me (honours, AP, pre-AP whenever possible); my school does not offer AP courses until senior year

honours french 10, honours pre calculus 10, honours mandarin 10

honours french 11, honours pre calculus 11, challenge 10 (outdoor leadership and education program; must be appointed and selected by the staff)

honours precalculus 12 (pre ap), honours french 12 (pre ap), honours chemistry (pre ap), honours english 12 (pre ap), physics 11 (pre ap)

AP Calculus, AP Lang, AP French, AP World History, AP Physics


Badminton: (4 years)
- Junior varsity in freshman year (captain)
- Senior varsity sophomore and junior year
- 5 time ISA champion
- Provincial rankings for singles, girls doubles and mixed doubles (12th, 7th, 9th)
- 2 bronze, 1 silver provincial medals
- several other medals from regional tournaments

Piano: (11 years)
- started when i was around 5 years old
- graduated from the royal conservatory of music with a diploma in piano performance
- national canadian music competition, provincial finalist, 2008
- numerous regional and provincial medals
- pit orchestra pianist for school musical, 2012, 2013
- piano studio teaching assistant , 2013

Duke of Edinburgh: (3 years)
- completed bronze, silver and gold awards
- constitutes a skill, a sport, community service and 2 outdoor journeys per award level
- gold award is presented by a member of the royal family
- captain of the duke of edinburgh chapter at my school during junior year

Student Council: (2 years)
- freshman and sophomore year
- elected annual by the student body

YouThink Magazine writer (3 years)
- this is a provincial magazine that is written by youth for youth
- published articles every month on a wide variety of topics ranging from sustainability, education, bullying, global issues, and trends

Peer Tutoring: (2 years)
- i served as the tutor who mentors younger students during lunch hours to help them with their homework, studying or assignments

Accounting Intern: (2013)
- served as an accounting intern at the BC Children's Hospital Foundation for a year

ONEtoONE Non-Profit Organization, Founder (founded in 2012)
- founded this organization with a close friend after visiting both india and kenya on two service trips
- gathers youth from all over the province to help fundraise for a larger company who will donate one product to a third world country for every product sold in BC

>> SERVICE: (total = 350+ hours)

BC Children's Hospital Youth Ambassador: (4 years)
- fundraised over $15,000 to help build a new oncology unit at the hospital
- achieved elite ambassador recognition and gold level commitment
- three time recipient of a national service award from the house of parliament

India Service Trip, 2012
Kenya Service Trip, 2013
-- i know service trips are not very valued by admission committees (especially at elite colleges) but these were the reason why i decided to start my own non profit organization

Also volunteered at several other places including the Red Cross, my local aquarium, local food banks, an ecology association and my community centre

- piano achievements
- badminton achievements
- nature matters national essay competition, runner up
- amnesty international essay competition, top 10
- school citizenship prize, 2012
- Ellen K. Bryan Cup recipient at school, 2013
- two subject prizes
- three time recipient of a national service award from the house of parliament

- world traveller (visited over 30 different countries)
- Stanford EPGY, Bioscience and Biotechnology, 2011
- Stanford SSSEC Internship, 2012
- Red Cross receptionist, 2013 (80 hours)

edited May 2013 in Harvard University
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