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  1. I got rejected to my top choice (not even a deferral). Those with 4 HLs and less activities got deferred.
  2. Wow, now I think that unique ECs don't guarantee anything.
  3. This year's admission of Chinese students has been very weird. A possible reason could be that adcoms see my work combining chemistry and art/design as my superficial understanding of chemistry. They might not think I am interested in learning hard chemical facts rather than fussing over beautiful chemical experiments. Since I don't plan on becoming a chemist, my profile lacks the feel of a 'future chemist' that the adcoms may want. Anyways I got into U of I at Urbana Champaign for graphic design, and now waiting for rd decisions to come out to make my choice.
  4. So....I have been browsing this year's admission discussion thread on Chinese Quora. The strange thing is that I found this year, great ECs actually signal rejection. One girl had perfect IB grades (7.0/7.0) every year and had been an active participant in many organisations. Besides this, she is a writer that had her work published (with thousands hundreds views on social media) and a photographer earning a great deal. She got a straight rejection from one of the Ivies. Another guy, had several national/international awards, features, programs and a 40/42 predicted, also got a rejection from a top 5 school. On CC, a guy with a post published on Huffington post also got a straight rejection from an Ivy. However, those with ECs that are not as strong as them and scores similar to them were admitted from those schools. What does this mean?
  5. Personally I am more inclined to spend time on my extracurriculars rather than taking 4 HLs, but that's only my choice. I would suggest that it depends on yourself. If you can handle the workload and maintain a good GPA, then you can try. 4 HLs would look very impressive on college admissions, showcasing that you have a good work ethic and academic determination.
  6. I just checked my report card last week and found that I had a 38 back! Bad news is that I got a straight rejection from the BRDD program
  7. I am nearly 18. As the only chemistry HL student in my grade, I was required to carve my own path in regards to my projects. Actually, ECs really come down to passion and dedication. Everyone can do something special if they invest their hard work into it. That's not quite true....4 days till my rejection letter from Brown for the Brown RISD Program.
  8. So....I am projecting a 37/42 for the GPA of this semester. I guess this is better.
  9. I have applied for Brown ED, UVA, UNC EA and UIUC EA for Studio Art. I'll be applying for Brown RISD Program, CMU BSA, Tufts+SMFA and several LACs that put less emphasis on GPA/IB scores. My portfolio was handed in through Slideroom.
  10. Hi there! I am in G12, and now an applicant mainly targeting top 20s for chemistry+graphic/industrial design dual degree or design major (which means I am choosing chemistry as a second major at second year of college) My stats are okey: 720R, 780M, 110 TOEFL, 760 chem and 740 math (gonna retake probably) However, I have a 3.7~3.8 cumulative UW GPA with a 34 out of 42 at last semester in IB. (The average of two semesters is 36) Scores are really not my forte. I do have good ECs and a strong art/design portfolio (my teacher said that my portfolio has the level of work of an MFA student) My project and my portfolio website: https://www.behance.net/aquilinahu5ef0 (portfolio) https://www.periodicgraphicsofelements.com/ (my Periodic Table project) ECs: Founder of the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) Educational program Alchemy. around 900+ followers. Sub-program being published on university of Waterloo’s magazine and one of the most prestigious universities in Pakistan. Featured by American Chemical Society (long term), Russian Embassy in America, Chinese Academy of Sciences and etc. Award given by Uni. of Waterloo. Interviewed Nature Chemistry editor and the Author of the book series ‘The Elements: A Visual Exploration’. Co-published 1 time with my mentor's program, who is an (some kind of) associate professor at the University of Science and Technology of China (one of the outstanding universities here). He focuses on scientific communication through digital media. Chem blog with a post recommended by the Royal Society of Chemistry at Britain. President of school science club for 2 years. 6 week Pre-college at Rhode Island of Design (America's best university). Obtained very good recommendation letter. Scientific artist of one of the peer-reviewed teenage scientific journal (sponsored by the London International Youth Science Forum, had collaborations with the Royal Society in Britain and Dyson). We currently have at least 6700+ followers. Also helped arrange the conference at Cambridge uni. Astronomy internship at The National Astronomical Observatory of Chinese Academy of Sciences (most prestigious scientific research centre at China) Regional piano gold award gained at G9 Consistent member of school’s student government and graphic design group Member of school’s philosophy club Graphic designer for a film festival around international schools nation-wide and world-wide (in collaboration with Italian Education Ministry, I think...) As for recommendation letters and essays, I would say they would be really good. Wrote about my interdisciplinary approach towards thinking and visual science communication. I am really not a top academic student, and tbh I blame myself for that. Will the poor GPA hurt me? Should I drop out of the program and take AP exams instead?
  11. You are pretty similar to me! I do not have a good GPA (probably I will get a predicted of 39/45), but I am pretty ECs focused.
  12. I would suggest you look into Waterloo and SFU. They are world-renowned schools and probably have great art programs as well. (BTW. if you have time, you can check U Waterloo's chem site. I got a publication from their magazine for the Periodic Table Graphics project, and my of my graphics was on their Top 10s :D) BTW. Did you choose any art/design related course for the diploma programme? I am currently doing design tech as one of my HLs.
  13. Applying only to the US (mainly to top 20s) for an academics/art+design dual degree (e.g. Brown-RISD-Dual Degree, CMU BSA, BU CAS/CFA). My major choices are chemistry and graphic design or industrial design. These academics/art dual degrees are set up to cultivate future professional designers that could apply design thinking and multidisciplinary knowledge. I do have okey SAT (720 R, 780 M) and okey cumulative GPA (~3.8/4) for admission Thus, ECs and art portfolio would outweigh 4 HLs in my case.
  14. Thanks for the advice! However, I do not have 4 HLs. I was just wondering how would adcoms see a good project in comparison to 4 HLs.
  15. There are two types of applicants--the ECs focused or the academic star, and I am the ECs focused. I have know people who do not have outstanding ECs but extremely good GPA. In this case, they would have an advantage of choosing 4HLs. Actually, I have also heard from an university counsellor who claimed that the project might be superficial and does not show a good academic background of me. So how do adcoms view the importance between a good project and 4 HLs? Or they base the admission standard on whether the applicant is a ECs focused type or an academic type? BTW. I would prefer the applicant with good GPA+good test scores+unique experience+outstanding ECs over perfect scores+4HLs+mediocre ECs+lack of passion. It's just my personal opinion.
  16. Um...so the problem is below: I am doing a project called The Periodic Graphics of Elements which basically use graphic design/illustration to visualise and introduce chemical elements. Now I have 30 graphics finished out of 118, and when I hit 50, I am planning to submit the project as a supplementary material for universities along with my art portfolio. (You guys can look at those graphics at my program Alchemy: For that project I have received several good recognition, publication, awards and a handful of followers. My teachers say that this is a 'masterpiece' project and I should carry it on. Specifically, my chem teacher mentioned that people will love my passion and hardwork and no one cares about 4 HLs (I have heard about some people say that 4 HLs could show dedication and hard work as well to the adcoms). So what do you guys think? I choose to keep on my project but I would also like to hear you guys opinions Do you guys think unique extracurriculars or dedication towards an extra subject is more important?
  17. Um...so the problem is below: I am doing a project called The Periodic Graphics of Elements which basically use graphic design/illustration to visualise and introduce chemical elements. Now I have 30 graphics finished out of 118, and when I hit 50, I am planning to submit the project as a supplementary material for universities along with my art portfolio. (You guys can look at those graphics at my program Alchemy: For that project I have received several good recognition, publication, awards and a handful of followers. My teachers say that this is a 'masterpiece' project and I should carry it on. Specifically, my chem teacher mentioned that people will love my passion and hardwork and no one cares about 4 HLs (I have heard about some people say that 4 HLs could show dedication and hard work as well to the adcoms). So what do you guys think? I choose to keep on my project but I would also like to hear you guys opinions Do you guys think unique extracurriculars or dedication towards an extra subject is more important?
  18. Design tech is basically design theory, manufacturing/engineering theory combined with design thinking and hands-on work. We higher level students also learn about commercial production, marketing, and user-centred design. I think the course provided me a great deal of insight about the design industry despite that sometimes, theory classes were a bit dull. The design project, especially the manufacturing part, is quite fun. Do not take what other said too personal; the difficulty of chemistry higher level mainly depends on your skills and interest. If you put the work in, you can do well. There are no easiest subjects in IB. Choose the subjects that you enjoy/have a passion on.
  19. I suppose that you can choose physics, biology and math at higher level. Astronomy SL would also be fine.
  20. 2 in chem SL for medicine? Which school did he go to? I actually talked with my teacher and he thinks that 6 is not ideal for me. I also realised that I need to be more hardworking to gain the score I would like. So I gave it a really long thought that day. Guess I will just work harder on IB problems over the summer and do a good job on the mock exams.
  21. Hullo everyone So my problem is this: I have been getting good grades since G9 (UW 3.84+), but this semester, I completely blew my grade up (UW 3.7 ish?) and got a 6 for chem. My first choice is the BSA dual degree program for chemistry and design at CMU (I actually changed my original first choice because of my poor GPA this semester). The program requires you to be accepted into the college of art and the college of science simultaneously. Though the average GPA of CMU is not that high, I am still worried if I will be waitlisted from the chemistry department. I have good and unique chem extracurriculars (like my STEAM education program, outreach with institutions and outstanding chemists, publications/features, blog posts), so I am wondering if I could compensate the score with a 800 on the SAT2 (I hope to get that from next week's testing) and a high SAT1 score (I am certainly gonna retake to get 1550+). Thanks Aquilina Hu
  22. Um... Let's be truthful to you. The 4/5 grade is not good for the GPA, and your extracurriculars are a bit ordinary. I would suggest you initiate some psych-related program or international relation-related activities. For example, you could start an online psych help site for teenagers, or do a psychology research or internship. As for the SAT, 1200 is not sufficient. I am now aiming a 1550+ on it as I blew up this semester of the IB. I think a good SAT score can actually help compensate a lower GPA in undergraduate application.
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