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  1. Hello! I'm a current junior at a small private school, and from my research, it seems that it may be easier to get into some "top tier" seminaries than I anticipated. I had set the bar a little lower, but reading some other posts has made me optimistic. I'll list some of my stats, and I'd love to get an opinion on my chances. GPA: 3.478 Majors: International Affairs and Religion Minor: Greek Studies Language Proficiencies: Four semesters of Greek, primarily Hellenistic Research: I am currently in the process of developing a curriculum for short-term mission groups to use which focuses on healthy service and improved intercultural interaction. I will be teaching this curriculum to a mission team and researching the impact the curriculum makes. Extracurriculars: Missions intern for my campus ministry, student leader for service in my campus ministry, small group leader, vice president of an anti-trafficking organization, participation and awardee in Model Arab League, member of my university's service oriented honors program, former virtual intern for the U.S. Department of State, former intern for an international anti-trafficking organization, and two summer study abroad mission trips in Greece and South Africa, which both involved research and working with oppressed populations. Ministry Experience: I did a gap year with YWAM, which provided six months worth of international mission work. I also have done a summer internship working for a youth ministry. This may be too long ago, but I was also a children's ministry intern for two years during high school. I have worked in a wide range of ministry, from preschoolers to the elderly, from prison to the slums. This summer, I will be interning with a church that works on the Mexico/U.S. border and working with various issues that come along with that. Denomination: Non-denominational, but I lean pretty liberally in both my politics and theology. Schools I am considering: Duke, Emory, Harvard, Mercer, Princeton, Union, and Yale (maybe others, still in the research process) I have close relationships with many of my professors and people I am connected to in ministry, so I have no doubt I could get some fantastic letters of recommendation. My greatest strength is my experience, but I worry that my GPA is too low to be considered for many of these schools. I also haven't taken the GRE yet, so I'm not sure where I would fall there. Any tips or information would be greatly appreciated! Thanks so much!
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