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B.A., Political Science and Government
Political Science & Peace and Conflict Studies student with a deep interest in women's issues.
Features Included


Hometown Hamilton, Ohio
EthnicityBlack / African American
Class of2021
First Gen College StudentNo
English First Language Yes
Other Language(s) Spoken French

Results, Essays, and Advice

Waitlisted or Withdrew
  • Swarthmore College (Swarthmore, PA)
  • Barnard College (New York, NY)
  • Mount Holyoke College (South Hadley, MA)
  • Wellesley College (Wellesley, MA)
  • Smith College (Northampton, MA)
  • Amherst College (Amherst, MA)
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Swarthmore College (Swarthmore, PA)

Applied for a B.A. in Political Science and Government

Accepted and Enrolled Legacy: No

School Specific Essays

Personal Statement
685 Words
Childhood memory
Sulking, I sat in the corner of my parent’s bedroom and watched my mom straighten my dad’s blue tie. My parents were getting ready for a gala at the Presidential Villa, and I was not allowed to go because children weren't invited.      “Why can’t children go?” I asked my dad, pouting.     “I can’t say. Maybe you should ask the President,” he replied, with a playful wink.     Being six years old, I took what he said literally,...
Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
209 Words
“Those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.” — George Bernard Shaw A little over a year ago, my friend, Helmi, and I were having a pretty heated debate on socialism. She is Finnish, and saw socialism in a good light, and I am American, so I was a little more skeptical of it. I wasn’t socialism’s biggest fan when I left the argument, but I could recognize that my original opinion was very ill-informed. I wondered what...
Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
223 Words
I discovered Barnard College when I watched President Obama’s 2012 Commencement speech on YouTube. After seeing the video, I pored over Barnard’s website, eager to find out more about this college that I had never heard of before. Hours passed as I looked deeper into Barnard’s history, mission, and culture. Without my noticing, my fascination with Barnard turned into admiration. My admiration turned into love when I visited. During the tour, as I walked through the breathtaking campus,...
Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
224 Words
If I ever have a daughter, I will name her Kathrine. Not Catherine, or Kathryn, but Kathrine. I am so adamant about the spelling because she will be named after, in my opinion, one of the most hard-core women in history: Kathrine Switzer. Under the name ‘K.V. Switzer’, Kathrine passed through the screening process of the 1967 Boston Marathon, and through an oversight, was able to participate. During the race, an official named Jock Semple tried to physically remove her,...
Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
250 Words
I am a person who is considered to be faint of heart. I don’t like haunted houses, roller-coasters, scary movies, or anything of that sort. I even get nervous on airplanes. So you can imagine my panic when I found myself hundreds of feet above the ground on one of the many suspended bridges in Kakum National Park’s Canopy Walk, standing over one of Ghana’s largest tropical rainforests. My mind was going a mile a minute as...
Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
401 Words
“The problem with stereotypes is not that they are untrue, but that they are incomplete.” —Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.     I am Nigerian-American, and I am very appreciative of this fact. My Nigerian heritage awards me with an exposure to the beautiful country that is Nigeria, and the cultures and traditions that it holds. My American background presents me with liberal ideals that shape the way I look at the world. But the baggage (and blessing) that comes with a dual citizenship...
Supplemental Essay: Amusing anecdote
306 Words
“You guys are running the mile today.” These words, the worst words a person could say, came from my gym teacher on an uncharacteristically warm winter afternoon. Hearing them, I was not only heartbroken but also immensely confused. I had begged my counselor to schedule my gym class in the winter precisely because the snow usually prevented students from running the mile. But that year, unfortunately, Erie saw one of its warmest winters, and the administration decided that the conditions...
Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
180 Words
It was a cloudy day on Heritage Hills Golf Course. My teammates and I were practicing for the State Championship that would take place the next day. As expected, we were very nervous, so we were very tense. Our golf swings were not fluid, and consequently, our balls would regularly land out of bounds. As the day went on, we got even more tense and our games worsened. On the last hole of my worst round of golf of the...
Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
292 Words
Prompted by the college admissions process, I have put a lot of thought into why I want to go to college, and what I hope to gain from my college experience. The exercise of self-reflection was grueling and led to more existential crises than I am willing to admit, but I have come out on the other side, sure of what I want. I don’t want my college experience to solely comprise of the memorization and regurgitation of information....

School Specific Advice

5 adjectives that describe a typical student at my school (Feel free to elaborate!)
6 Words
Intellectual, friendly,...
What might make for a good “Why Us” essay topic at my school
37 Words
I would recommend elaborating on why a women's college is best...
List of schools I interviewed with and my interview experience
98 Words
My interviews went well, overall. I was nervous for all of them, but I honestly didn't need to be. It was like a conversation. What I would recommend knowing...
What I like about my school’s location and culture
104 Words
I love Swarthmore's location so much. It's its own (beautiful, I might add) campus, but is in a consortium with Bryn Mawr and Haverford (and UPenn) so if you feel claustrophobic,...

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General Admissions Advice

What I’d change about my application process
84 Words
During the college application process, I placed a lot of my self-worth on whether I would get into a certain school or not. Although it...
Recommended summer activities during high school and college
66 Words
I would definitely recommend choosing a few activities that you are passionate about rather than dipping a leg in everything....
Whether I took out loans or applied for scholarships, and my advice
67 Words
Aim for schools that cover all of your demonstrated financial needs or schools that have a lot of merit scholarships....

High School Performance

Weighted GPA
Top 10%
High School TypeReligious
Academic Performance in High School Steady

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AP / IB Classes and Scores


SportsRowing (Crew), Golf


ActivitiesWorld/Global Affairs Club, American Red Cross, Model Congress / Model UN, Community Cleanup / Service, French Club, School Jazz / Orchestra

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