“Early Decision, and to some extent Early Action, is especially advantageous if the student is sure of his or her top choice and/or if they are interested in a particular niche,” said Ms. Mishra. “I couldn’t be more proud of this year’s class. They have worked so hard to get here.”
Some of the early acceptances are: Barnard College, Boston College, Case Western Reserve University, Columbia University, Cornell University, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Howard University, Johns Hopkins University, University of Miami, University of Michigan, New York University, University of Pennsylvania, Princeton University, Savannah College of Art and Design, Villanova University, Yale University, and the University of Edinburgh in Scotland.
Senior Spotlight: James McCall ’19
One such example is Hun senior James McCall ’19, who was accepted to the Colorado School of Mines, a school known for graduating industry-ready scientists with expertise in the areas of earth, energy, and environment. James applied in September and received his acceptance, along with a merit scholarship, in November.
James said, “When I visited Mines, I loved it. I enjoy math and physics, which makes me a good fit for a school like Mines. I think it would be great to go to a school where everyone is doing STEM.” With a smile he added, “It has this really nerdy vibe but, I like that.”
“We talked through the benefits and challenges of applying early; and of attending larger schools versus being at a school where everyone understands your path and has similar interests,”said his college counselor Davirah Timm-Dinkins.
Colorado School of Mines is a small campus where James, who is thinking about studying applied mathematics, can look forward to research opportunities such as Applied Mathematics and Wave Phenomena.
James’ eyes light up when he talks about high-level math classes, but he is the first to tell you it wasn’t always easy.
“I planned to take the SAT a few times to get my scores where I wanted them to be. I knew Mines was very selective. The second time I took the test, I was disappointed. I think I put too much pressure on myself and wasn’t in the right frame of mind. I had just come off a year of AP Calculus; it was summer. But, I think taking Linear Algebra refreshed a lot of things for me. I took the test again this September and I was able to get there.”
Ms. Timm-Dinkins says this is indicative of the kind of student James is.
“He’s highly intelligent but, he’s also a really determined young man,” said Ms. Timm-Dinkins. “And, he knows how to advocated for himself.”
“I took AP Calculus last year and fell in love with it,” he said. “I realized that I definitely wanted to pursue something related to math – applied math or mechanical engineering. This year, I am taking AP Linear Algebra, which I love even more. And AP Physics is really hard, but it relates so well to real-life. It’s the combination of everything, 3 APs, college applications, and hockey, that makes it really tough at times. But if you stick with it, it pays off.”
On coming to Hun as a sophomore, he said, “I didn’t work very hard at my old school. I was getting by but I wasn’t being pushed. At Hun, I’m surrounded by people who want to do well. This is going to sound weird, but it helped me realize I was smart.”
James credits his teachers, in addition to his peers, for making the concepts accessible and exciting.
“Mr. Brown, my calculus teacher, was always there to help me. He makes class really exciting so, even though it was tough, it was fun. Mr. Sacco, my history teacher, is the same way. History may not have been my favorite subject, but he is so enthusiastic about it that it makes every class interesting.”