Thank you for your in-depth response, I appreciate it greatly.
To answer your question, I’m not a student-athlete. Does that put me at a disadvantage in the admissions process for the NESCAC’s (Amherst and Williams are the targets, and Bowdoin, Middlebury, Trinity, and Tufts are secondary targets)? Furthermore, in terms of the Ivies, I am looking at Princeton, Yale, Columbia, and Dartmouth. The reality is that taking on only 3-4 Schol exams most likely isn’t enough for Harvard, MIT or Stanford. So, therefore, would my NCEA work be competitive for the top NESCACs and the Ivies I said I was looking into?
When the admissions officers look at my NCEA grades, will they use my mock exam results as a gauge towards my academic performance; what Year 13 results do admission officers look at in regards to externals, and scholarship exams?
Lastly, you mentioned how students go above and beyond the call of duty. This year, I will also be submitting my website, LAS Charting, towards the Young Enterprise Scheme, and I’ll be completing Level 3 Business achievement standards on top of my Level 3 and Scholarship work. I also think that I have a significant chance of being the Dux of my school this year with those extra credits.
I’ve also cold-called people at Craigs IP and PieFunds, and have been doing a little amount of technical analysis research for them, as every week I rip through about 300 charts of global and US equities, commodities, currencies, and Intermarket spreads. I aim to expand my research for these firms throughout the year to improve my extracurricular profile. I will also be doing a conference call with some accountants at Spark in the next few days as they were interested in my email and will therefore take me through the work they do. I do have other minor extracurricular activities like debating, and in my junior years, astronomy and sporting, but market analysis and investing is most definitely the area I am incredibly passionate about, and will, therefore, reflect that in my application.
Thank you again, I really appreciate your response!