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Can I get in?
Hi Jordyn - few things first

- it is too early to worry about particular schools if you are a sophomore
- anything is within your reach at this point given your current stats - we don't really like to speculate on your ability to get into any college
- have fun in school and keep finding things you enjoy doing and achieve great results in those ie MUN, volunteering etc (and many more)

If you are planning to major in international relations Georgetown is a top school in this field and is probably the most difficult to get into. Your extracurriculars are particularly important here. McGill on the other hand is more academically focused and will evaluate you mainly on the basis of your grades/scores (we had a few posts on McGill in Eduniverse which may be helpful). You have to find/participate in more activities / summer programs in the next 2 years that confirm your interest in this field. See our new US College Apps group where some of these things are discussed www.roundp... s/view/15.
Study abroad
Hi Jordyn - some thoughts on this

- it could be really helpful if you are learning a new language and/or planning to pursue a major related to your study abroad program i.e. if you are going to Japan and planning to do Asian Studies
- if this is a simple exchange program and you are not getting much out of it and not relevant to your current interests it will not add much value but it may still be a great experience and high school is a great time to do this
- do your research if you decide to go, check the school and current students, clubs etc - it may have a great reputation and could make a difference when applying to college (UWC is a good example)

Keep us posted if you do go and give us a shout if you have any more questions!
Hi! I am looking at a specific program called AMHSI. I would be in Israel for a semester, and on top of regular classes, I'd take a class on Jewish history. I do volunteer work with my temple so this may go in nicely. I am also interested in studying international relations and have expressed this in many activities I've already done.
Hi Jordyn - it seems like a great program (and we should probably add it to RoundPier)! If you are interested to pursue IR with the focus on Israel/ME studies it would definitely add value. Generally, high school is a great time to study abroad plus a good opportunity to evaluate your options to go to college in another country later on.


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