You are huge inspiration to me. I listen to your Rhymes and Reasons interview often because I can relate to you. I was wondering how did you get into the University of Chicago. You said in your interview that your sophomore year you didn't do so well.University of Chicago is my dream school. I only have 2 AP classes, history and English but I have a 4.0, am involved in sports, and am in many clubs, is the enough.
Thank you very much— that’s very kind of you! I’m really moved to hear that you enjoyed the interview. It is definitely the most personal I have ever gotten in an interview, so it’s nice to know that it helped someone :)
College admissions questions are tough because there is no magic formula and there are no guarantees. I don’t know for sure, but I believe that I got into U of C because I showed myself as a person who loved to learn and a person who was passionate about something— writing. I worked on a magazine and had some publications to show, I joined a writing club at school, I took Creative Writing as my English class my senior year, and I worked really hard to write an artful personal essay. Your thing doesn’t have to be writing, of course. My best college friends had all kinds of loves— physics, music, statistics, environmental science— but the point is that they all loved something with a passion. I think that caring deeply about something enough to study it with joy will make you a good college applicant, and it will also make your life awesome.
All that said, remember that there are hundreds of choices when it comes to colleges, and in the end you have to choose something that’s really the right fit for you. Visiting schools will help you get a sense of what you value and what you really want out of the experience. Also, remember that there are thousands of people applying for a limited number of seats at any school, so whatever happens, don’t define yourself by your acceptances or rejections, or by your GPA or how many APs you have. All of that stuff is great and you should be very proud of your hard work, but what matters in the end is how you choose to live your life. Hopefully you can find a school that will value and celebrate your whole being, full of people who love and support you as you pursue your dreams.
Good luck and thanks again for the question!