Hi there! I'm in my second year of High School and I'm homeschooled. I'm still having trouble expanding my college list. So far I only have-
-UT @ Austin
Every college that's ever sent me mail or emails tells me to apply to more than three colleges. Considering my rank, GPA, grades, and EC's I can pretty much get into any school I'd like. I'd just have to work extra hard. I haven't taken any tests, but I'm thinking of taking the PSAT as a Junior.
As of right now, I don't have access to honours or AP classes. I've been recommended by my 9th-grade teachers to take AP or honours classes in history, English, art, science, and math. Are there any websites that provide me with these classes? For free?
Are there any websites to get involved in clubs? Not sports clubs, considering I've been getting ready for tryouts and looking for leagues. Clubs such as art clubs or astronomy clubs. Maybe math clubs or even teams would work. Like the debate team, I tried out in High School, but I didn't do very well! I also wanted to join the student council in the 6th grade, but I didn't receive enough votes. I would appreciate it if anyone used websites for clubs!
Here's a list of my current EC's
-Citizen Science (Published works have/will be done with NASA)
-Paid Photography shoots
-Graphic design jobs
-Film paid jobs
-I'm also trying to contribute to open source projects
-I'm also trying to start a dog walking business
I was just wondering, could you guys list some pretty good schools. I don't care much for Ivies, but I could consider them! I'm also thinking of doing ROTC and majoring in a CS field.
Hello! I myself am in the process of applying to colleges, but I have always been told to apply for a few dream/"reach" schools, a few goal schools, and some safety schools. This way you have several options and aren't putting all your eggs in one basket. Even if you are confident in your prospects of getting into competitive schools, still apply for some less competitive ones just so you have a safety net. UGA, Notre Dame, NYU, Johns Hopkins, and quite a few state schools could be worth exploring.
As for joining clubs and activities as a homeschool student, create your own club! This could really help show your leadership and organizational skills. Some homeschool kids I know joined community theatre, community art clubs, or just did lots of volunteering. Local libraries can be a great place to look into for community clubs.
Some things to consider if you are trying to expand your college list are to find colleges that have the major/majors you want to study. Along with thinking about if you want to stay close to home or not, since this can sometimes impact overall costs. Some universities near the southwestern US UNLV, UNR, SDSU, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University(Arizona Campus).
Hope this helps!
Thanks! I'll take a look!
Hi! I've found Khan Academy to be a great resource for studying for AP tests. Personally, I've self-studied for AP Statistics using their course and scored a 5. I know they also have a bunch of other courses like Chem, Physics, US History, and Calculus. Best thing about it is that it's completely free! Highly recommend, here's the link if you're interested: https://www.khanacademy.org/. You will have to sign up to take the tests on your own though.
You sound like you're on the right track! Keep in mind that while big name schools can provide prestige, you could also face the issue of being a "big fish in a small pond." That basically means that while you are excellent compared to your peers right now, once you get to college, everyone will be just like you. This can make it more difficult to stand out than it would be if you were at a smaller university. And many times, smaller universities can provide excellent opportunities for excellent students like yourself.
Depending on where you live, you could look at state schools, or even community colleges to complete an associates degree before you transfer to a 4-year university.
Hello. I don't know if there's any websites where you can get AP classes for free or to join clubs. I think you should ask your counselor if your school offers all these things, since the majority of the schools offer AP classes for free, and for some clubs you need to pay a club fee once a year. Some universities that I think are pretty good are University of Florida, UPenn, University of Miami, and Duke University.
I should have been more clear, I'm homeschooled. This is why I was asking these questions.
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