|an optimistic hopeful :D
||[Aug. 24th, 2005|10:18 pm]
Princeton University Class of 2009
Hey.. I know this is probably annoying, but I'm a prospective student and I just have a question for all of you. If you find the post irritating feel free to ignore. :D
I'm a high school senior and obviously, interested in Princeton. I love Princeton-- it's been my dream since the 7th grade-- and would absolutely consider applying Early Decision, but I obviously would appreciate having the best chances possible of getting in. While I would apply ED if I had perfect stats, I don't. My grades are weak, my SATs are good, and my extracurriculars are relatively impressive.
Grades: 3.5/4.0 - I go to a magnet high school that I had to apply to get into... A lot harder than my public high school. I would've had a 4.0 at my public high school no doubt. All honors classes. Everyone in my school is psychotically competitive, and there are only about 50 people in my "academy" (the school is made up of seven academies; I'm in Medical) so I fall at the 50% mark, though we technically don't rank. Not impressive, really. My courseload for senior year is pretty hard... AP Bio, AP Music Theory, AP Calc, all that good stuff.
SATs: 730 writing, 700 math, 800 critical reading. I plan to retake them because, not to be conceited, but I have no idea how my writing score was so low. On all my practice tests and on the PSATs, I had a perfect scores. So we'll see. SAT IIs are okkkaaaaayyy... 670 Bio, 790 Lit, and 630 Math IIC, though I plan to retake the IIC because considering the advanced level of math (I took pre-calc my freshman year, which is "advanced" compared to my public high school) at my school, 630 is pretty darned pathetic.
Extracurriculars: Very strong in music, singing specifically... All-State soprano, Governor's School (very prestigious scholarship summer program), and lots of theater credits... Strong in soccer, though not necessarily planning to pursue it in college. Don't think I'm quite good enough, though I've been captain of my team since junior year and have been first team all-league as well as honorable mention all-county. I do a bunch of other stuff but I won't get into that here.
My sister, who currently attends UPenn, went through all this crap when she was in high school, and though she is hardly an admissions officer, she says that with my weak grades, I'd have less of a chance if I applied ED. She says that all the strongest applicants apply ED, so it'd be better to go into the regular decision pool.
Your thoughts? Sorry this is so long.