I posted this on a college discussion forum, but it was received with silence, so once again I’ve come back to the all-encompassing knowledge base of elysiun ;]
my original post:
I’ve been attending university in Canada for a few months now, and I was wondering if I should transfer to a school in the US. For a lack of ambition I didn’t think about doing this in highschool, but seeing several of my class mates accepted to Princeton and Harvard I’m having other thoughts.
My first semester gpa at sfu was 4.0, and I qualify as a “national ap scholar”, having achieved at least 4 on 6 highschool ap exams. I haven’t taken the SAT or the ACT as of yet.
I’ve done some research and I understand Stanford has a relatively low transfer gpa, and that they look more at your extracurriculars - which I have in abundance.
I have very good relations with my highschool principal, having done literally hundreds of service hours at the school developing their presentations and website. I am also an accomplished graphic/webdesigner, having contributed to several large ad campaigns in Vancouver as a part of the design firm Kubix Media (if you live in Vancouver, you may have seen the orange “travelsavingstoday” bus ads ;] During highschool, I won several awards for my design and animation work, including the provincial teen animation contest and the electronic arts teen scholarship. I currently study at SFU engineering and do freelance design work part time under my registered proprietorship PurewebDesigns.
I’m pretty sure I can get good recommendations from my old creative director at kubix, as well as their marketing director Lorne Furtner - the guy who originally created the air miles program.
From my credentials, is it worth the effort to apply? Also, my family is well off, but not rich. I may have to apply for financial assistance. Will this hurt my chances?
thanks very much for any advice