Just 18 here
High School Senior
Beyer DT770 Pro - Soon to be sold
Hifiman He-400 - Soon to be sold
Westone 4 - Soon to be (unfortunately) sold
JDS Labs C421 - Soon to be sold
Asus Xonar STX - This thing's beautiful
ATH M50 - So overrated, soon to be sold
Selling all of my stuffs for a UM Miracle, knowing myself, I'll probably get them lost or stolen before Senior year ends.
To all those younger teenagers in the states wondering how to get the money without (really) working: Make a bet with your parents on your SAT score. Do a tiny bit of research and show them that score increases of 100 points (out of 1600) will entirely change the game and may get you accepted into that "good" college they always nag you about, fetch thousands $$s of scholarships, or both. Seriously, for 95% of colleges here in the states, all colleges look at is class rank, gpa, and SAT scores. That test which is dreaded by so many is your one chance to stand out and above the rest in just one afternoon's time. Anyone can get a fairly impressive 3.7+ GPA in high school depending on their classes, but if you get a 1400 on Math and Reading, almost guaranteed admission into most public universities out there, and will be in the lower range of the more competitive ones.
To parents wondering if I'm spoiled: No. Well, actually just a bit. It's a family tradition (more of an Asian tradition) to send their kid to the best college that they can get into. So naturally, they're willing to bribe me to do better. It's a double win, your kid gets cash and becomes a more competitive student for colleges, and you save more money in the long run, and can brag that your kid got X on the SAT or got into XX university. Offer your kid money to study for the SAT, and increasing amounts depending on how well he does.
Source: Never worked a day in my life. I earned around $1,000 from my parents for doing well on the SAT. Their investment paid off as I got into a top 50 with a seriously pathetic GPA, along with a massive scholarship. It can be mostly accredited to my SAT score, without it, I wouldn't even have been considered.
If you will indulge me, what University did you get accepted to, and with what GPA (weighted/unweighted) and SAT score (out of 2400)? Your post seems to be misleading, mainly because you say you had a low GPA, but as an Asian myself, I know that standards are completely different. Is your high school one of the top in the nation, do you have legacy/connections, or have you perhaps accomplished something extraordinary (Intel?). If you would be willing to explain a bit, please PM me, or respond to this post!