I am going to break down the factors, feelings, and colleges I want to go to, as well as various stats about me. I guess I am looking for advice.
The colleges I am applying for are:
North Carolina State University
UNC Chapel Hill
and yes, Harvard (and maybe Brown or Cornell)
There are several questions/facts that pop into my mind when I think about what my probability of being accepted is:
I am graduating a year early. Is this going to help, hurt, or do nothing for me?
I wrote a great essay. How much higher does this set me above other applicants?
I am curious, creative, intelligent, and driven, and I show that through my writing. I know colleges care about GPA, but they also stress those factors. I am actually very, very curious, and I don't want to go to a good college just for prestige.
I took difficult classes, and have taken two extra summer courses for the last two years. I did much better in my second set, though. The more work I have in a class, the better I do. I will get a B in an easy class, but an A in a hard one.
I have shown improvement.
My GPA is a little over a 3.1 U/W and a 3.7/8 W.
I play the violin, clarinet, bassoon, saxophone, and flute, participate in an orchestra on the violin and clarinet, and have done three regional band clinics. I also practice a lot. I think my passion for music is clearly shown. I also have two years of mock trial, started Jazz band this year, and will be doing All-District (and maybe All State).
My SAT scores add up to a 1750 (partly because of my dilemma in math, and not being able to take good courses for it, and partly because I sat there, thinking about my essay, rather than writing it. Hopefully I do much better on the ACT tomorrow).
I volunteer at my orchestra, and I also volunteered at UNCCH for 3 weeks (60 hours) during my summer. Nothing like saving children in Peru, though.
I know I am highly intelligent, and I will do very well in a harder school, but honestly, I have no idea who would accept me, and who wouldn't, or what their values are. I feel like if I felt I had more competition in school, and more challenging courses, my grades would be higher.
I am from The Middle of Nowhere, The Middle of Nowhere, so that helps a little.
I also can't think of any more ways to increase my chances.
Yeah, this kind of turned into a vent thread. I am not the average student in anyway, so I have a hard time comparing myself to other accepted applicants.
Stress! It beats down upon me! I seem to be the only one in my school working so hard to get into a good college. I wish it could be enough that I am smart, curious, passionate, and dedicated. What colleges say they want, right?
Comments are appreciated from current applicants or veterans.