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Stan Mbella
Stan Mbella
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Mar 8, 2018
Hi my name is Stan and I just turned 17. I moved to NJ for my dads job and I attend a high school in Princeton. I have lived in 5 Different places throughout my childhood including NY, London, Paris, Brussels and Dublin, Ireland. It is something that I wrote about in a book about being a 3rd culture kid and that I published, I also speak fluent French. So basically moving to US has been a bit difficult because i’ve had many culture shocks, especially in the education system. In my old school we didn’t have GPAs b/ c it was an international school and the grade boundaries were lower, for example an A started from 85 percent. So when I was in that school I had mostly 85s-90s which was a good grade in my school, but when I moved to US and transferred my grades they all came out in the B range, which discouraged me a lot. My dream school is NYU and I have recently taken the SATs getting a 1490/1600. For now my GPA is a 2.8 which really breaks me down because in my old school I wasn’t a bad student it’s just the system was different and here I’m trying my best to get all A’s and B’s to boost up my GPA in senior year, how will this affect my application for good colleges in the US????
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1 year ago
Stan - your SAT is very good and should help here. Think about taking SAT2 subject test to improve your chances (NYU actually prefers them to SAT). Best thing is not to convert your old GPA where possible but keep as it was reported in the past. Does 2.8 GPA includes old grades or only grade you are getting this year? Anything under 3.0 needs an explanation for top schools. You need to come up with a good list of schools given your stats and find those that put more weight on SAT vs GPA and will understand your situation. Some smaller liberal arts schools where you can get in touch with admissions team etc.

You seem to have a very interesting profile and really need to emphasize your achievements outside of school. The book...tell us more about it we love this type of stuff here and very interested in unique things students are involved in. You can post your question in Eduniverse or US College Apps Group for others to comment too.
1 year ago
All grades. But I feel like it is a bit of a mistake because my transferred grades over the years range in B and B+, so a 2.8 sounds a bit strange.
1 year ago
You should double check why that happened and speak with your counselor. Your school is one of the best in the state and they should be able to help
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Stan Mbella
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