So why I think I don’t really have much of a chance… my school is really small like 25 kids a grade, no APs, 3 clubs, only a few extracurriculars. We don’t do GPA on a 4.0 scale but I’m top of my class with a 100.9 GPA or something and my grades senior year will bring it up even more. The second person is around 4 points behind me. It’s over 100 because there are college classes that are weighted, but I’m not sure how that really works, like how much they are weighted. I have a year of credits done though. I didn’t submit my SAT because I only took it once without studying for it… despite being a small school no one told me to take it junior year and study over the summer or I would have. I do every club we offer, I’m in every honor society, do activities like band and chorus and yearbook, I do tennis and Odyssey of the Mind, and our team did make it to worlds once which never really happens from my school. I have a lot of community service but I didn’t know where to put that in common app so I only picked 2 things to enter (only 10 slots for all activities/service). For my junior scholarships I got ones from RPI, RIT, and University at Rochester for things relating to math or engineering. Haven’t mentioned yet but math is my favorite and I want to study mechanical or aerospace engineering. Also I’m a girl if that changes anything.
So using what I’m given I have an impressive resume I would say, but compared to other schools, I don’t think I stand out. What puts me apart from my peers is my work ethic, I always do everything until I think it’s perfect, I always get everything done on time even if I don’t feel like it, prepare as much as I can for tests, and I actually really enjoy school and learning and math is my favorite part of my day. People tell me no one cares about valedictorian and it means nothing from such a small school. That it’s pointless to try so hard. But by learning discipline, time management, and how to study now, I think will greatly benefit me in college when I’m not going to understand everything right away. But I can’t show that in my stats. Do you think I should apply for the scholarship?