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Does a desire to major in Chinese look good on college apps?

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July 18, 2019 / By Ona
Question: I'm already pretty positive I want to double major in Chinese and Public Relations. Does declaring this double major look good on college apps? I get good grades, mid A's, high B's. I'm currently taking 4 AP courses, took 1 last year, and plan on taking 4 next year. I play the violin, am in my school's honors orchestra and an outside youth orchestra, made it into regionals 1 year, am on my school's varsity fencing team, and participate in my school's mock trial team. Haven't taken the SAT's yet.
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Maegan Maegan | 3 days ago
If there is a section on your college application that will allow you to explain why you want to major in both subjects then it's important that you do so—and try to truly sell yourself. Explain how China is one of the fastest growing powerhouses in the world and how learning the language is vital in expanding your career goals. But despite what some of the other posts say, what you choose to major in can affect your chances of getting into a specific college. This is usually the case with bigger universities but this can occur in smaller colleges as well. This is because even if you meet the university's requirement to gain admission, if the major you are pursuing is extremely popular the individual department may not be able to accommodate you due to reasons such as overcrowding. This is why most college applications ask you to choose two different majors on your application (one is generally a backup). If you cannot get into either major, you will get a letter requesting that you major in a different subject or go in as an undeclared. During your later years you will be able to transfer into whatever department you prefer. But since majoring in Chinese isn't as popular as majoring in business for example you should be alright (especially because you seem to have a very strong academic standing). Even though you have a while to go before studying Chinese professionally, here is a great source that can help you with your Chinese studies. To check out " 101 Lectures to Learn About China" click here: http://www.onlinecolleges.net/2010/10/13/101-lectures-to-learn-all-about-china/
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Maegan Originally Answered: COLLEGE APPS. halp!?
I don't understand what your question is. Congrats you applied, although you applied fairly late so you probably won't get priority admission. Good luck. :)

Kerenhapuch Kerenhapuch
It depends on the school. For a big university, it probably won't make a difference at all. Declaring a double major makes no difference either, since they know that you could easily change once you are actually attending the college. For a small liberal arts college somewhere, it could make a difference. For example, if you scored an 800 on the Chinese subject test, have taken Chinese AP and got a 4 or 5, show strength and interest, it might make you more desirable because you could conceivably add to the diversity of the school population. Maybe the most popular majors are economics and psychology and they are trying to expand their East Asian Studies department...then your Chinese major might look appealing to them. The fact that you are very involved in music is good, except that it is pretty typical for violinists. The varsity fencing team is great, because that is uncommon and looks interesting. Are you good, or do they have so few people that everyone is on varsity? Obviously, your SAT scores will be huge. Are you of Chinese decent btw? Just asking, because a lot of colleges will be less impressed with your potential 800 on the Chinese subject test and 5 on the AP exam if they know you are from that background. However, a lot of the tiny east coast schools may be more interested. Good luck and I think the Chinese/Public Relations idea is a great combo.
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Jackie Jackie
It can be a little more complex than that. It depends on how exclusive the university you are applying to is and how much competition there is with regard to individual schools or majors within the university. Also, you want to think not only of getting into the college of your choice, but building your skills for the career that you are hoping to enter. Lastly, sometimes the language you choose to study (if it is not required for a major or career choice) can help you on your college essay or interviews because it might show a desire to explore your own family roots, to reach out to new cultures, to be willing to be ready for new economic situations that lie ahead, etc. So, think about what major you will be declaring and what career you want to have. Is Chinese crucial for these? If not, is there another language that is? If so, you may want to consider that language. If Chinese is crucial, continuing it would seem to be in order. If your intended major and career do not depend at all on knowing a foreign language, then you will want to choose a language that fits with your own interests and life plans as that will help with your essay and interviews and with your life in general. I hope that this helps. In the long run, choose what you think will help you thrive in college, be successful in your work and life afterwards, and be able to contribute something back to your school because the potential to do those things is what colleges are screening for when they are choosing between students. Good luck!
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Elyzabeth Elyzabeth
a lot of colleges won't even let you declare a double major until at least your second year. just going to warn you, my roommate is only minoring in chinese and spends most of her time studying for it. if you're planning on majoring it, you better be dedicated and not going to college to party. also be aware that if you're majoring in a language, at some schools you have to take 2 languages to earn that degree.
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Elyzabeth Originally Answered: I need advice about college apps?
There are plenty of UC schools that will take a 3.9. I would take a combo of the ACTs and SATs for West Coast schools. A 32+ ACTs and 2100+ SATs for UCberkeley. Borrow a SAT/ACT prep book from your library if you think you won't do well. You can also try prep courses. 3.9 is good but that also means you NEED higher test scores. Colleges know high school GPAs are different and not standardized. They will question applicants who have near perfect GPAs but don't do well with the standardized tests. Everyone can have a bad day but you can always take the tests again. You're practically there with your GPA and ECs.

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