21 days ago
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I’m a freshman at Garland High School currently planning to pursue a full IB diploma. I got a 1430 on the PSAT my 8th grade year, and earlier this year I scored a perfect 1440. Everyone keeps telling me that I’ll be able to do whatever I want academically solely because of this, but I know that’s not true.

I’m a little stuck on how I’m supposed to proceed with summer programs and scholarships. If anyone has been in a similar situation, how early/late did you start your college prep?

I’m also planning to pursue some form of engineering, but don’t know where to start. Any recs?

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21 days ago

Hi @coop.mdlck ! Before I start yapping, congrats on the perfect 1440! That means your SAT score will be very high.

Some important things for colleges

GPA - Your academic matters, getting good grades on classes would help, try doing some honors or aps too, those look good in college.

SAT - You are doing good on this, keep it up!

EC - Extracurricular Activities are important, these can include club, volunteering, and more

These are your main points, but for you, I think that you can be qualified for National Merit Scholarship for your 11th grade, you should check it out, but in short, getting that would look really good on your college application.

If you have more questions, feel free to ask!

20 days ago

You are right...there is so much more than test scores.

All of the things @_KC_ mentioned are very important as they all affect college admissions, but there is another piece to the application that is left unspoken: passion. Colleges want to see passion because it indicates a student who is ready to do extraordinary things! Not only does it help with admissions, it is really important to discover your passion in high school. If there are things you love, go for them. Keep pursuing the hobbies and interests you have because often these "silly" hobbies become successful, happy careers. I saw my hobby turn into a career vision which will someday turn into a business. Don't just do ECs to do ECs- participate in ECs that you are passionate about, even if they seem unrelated. Eventually all the pieces will fall together and they will likely connect. So don't be afraid to pursue your passion! It is what makes you YOU.

Hope this helps and lmk if you have any additional questions!

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Unweighted GPA: 3.7
SAT: 720 math
| 800 verbal


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