Freshman at the University of Chicago majoring in Statistics and English
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Hometown Scarsdale, New York
AdmissionEarly Action
Class of2019
First Gen College StudentNo
English First Language Yes

Results, Essays, and Advice

Waitlisted or Withdrew
  • University of Chicago (Chicago, IL)
  • Cornell University (Ithaca, NY)
  • Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburgh, PA)
  • Georgia Institute of Technology (Atlanta, GA)
  • University of Michigan - Ann Arbor (Ann Arbor, MI)
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University of Chicago (Chicago, IL)

Accepted and Enrolled Legacy: No

School Specific Essays

The lessons we take from obstacles we encounter can be fundamental to later success. Recount a time when you faced a challenge, setback, or failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience?
The War of the Words The situation looked grim. Trapped and quickly running out of space, I started towards the dreaded corner, pencil in hand. Whoa! Where the F did that come from? Seriously though, where did that “F” come from. This crossword was a mess. I had started with a hand drawn 15x15 grid. A blank 15x15 grid. The possibilities were endless. Using a series of black spaces and letters I would fill in each of the 225 squares. Easy....
Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
460 Words
Because of the infamous “Where Fun Goes to Die” reputation of UChicago I thought that everyone at the school would be intensely and overly competitive with each other. However, when I visited one of the university’s on-campus open house days I realized I couldn’t have been more wrong. While all the students did have a certain intensity, it was because they were all so passionate and excited about their courses, professors and the other students they were able...
Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
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Why Carnegie Melon?
I am drawn to engineering because I enjoy solving problems. One place where I have to consistently solve problems is in computer programming. In the programming course I took last summer we had to solve complex problems using code. We started with simple commands like input and output and worked our way up to more complicated programs such as designing games (hangman, tic-tac-toe etc.). I learned how to take a large, and seemingly daunting problem and break it into small...
Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
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Why did you choose this particular college at Cornell and how do you think the resources and opportunities offered will fit with your interests?
Two areas I am interested in within the College of Arts and Sciences are Statistical Science and Computer Science. My first experience with statistics was last year when I took AP Statistics in school. It quickly became my favorite class. More than any other math class I had taken, statistics had very clear real-world applications. While there's nothing wrong with imaginary numbers and the fundamental theorem of calculus, they do not have the evident impact on everyday life that probability,...
Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
148 Words
Beyond rankings, location, and athletics, why are you interested in attending Georgia Tech?/ Why are you interested in attending Georgia Tech, and what do you hope to contribute to our community? (150 word limit)
I’m interested in attending Georgia Tech mainly because of the diversity present on campus. Specifically, I am interested in attending the College of Engineering largely because Georgia Tech’s College of Engineering has graduated more female engineers than any other school since 2007, which is a wonderful testament to the diversity encouraged within the Georgia Tech community since the school obviously encourages women to pursue a field which is traditionally male-dominated. I also like how Georgia Tech provides diversity outside...
Supplemental Essay: Strong beliefs/principles
130 Words
Georgia Tech's motto is: "Progress and Service." What does that mean to you? (150 word limit)
To me, “Progress and Service” means that Georgia Tech students and faculty are always striving to be the best and make innovations in their respective fields. In the College of Engineering, the desire for progress is clear through the Cooperative Plan and Research Option because students are given ample opportunity to have real-world engineering experience and therefore experience progress and innovation even as undergraduates. The second part of the moto, “Service” means that in addition to being successful, Georgia Tech...

School Specific Advice

The stress level and competitiveness of a typical student at my school
87 Words
The stress and competitiveness is largely dependent on major. STEM subjects and economics tend to be more high pressure and high stress than humanities. But I...
How to increase chances at my school
127 Words
Fit is key at UChicago. You really need to think about why you're attracted to the school, and what unique qualities you have that would fit in well or add to the campus community. Really find a way...
What might make for a good “Why Us” essay topic at my school
154 Words
Try to identify something about campus life or university programming that links to one of your interests or future goals. For example, if you've read a book by a UChicago professor or alumni that sparked your interest on a specific topic or field that's a great...

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General Admissions Advice

What I’d change about my application process
87 Words
Definitely be more comfortable having other people read my essays. Originally, I was hesitant to share my essays with teachers or other students who I wasn't...
What I like about my school’s location and culture
64 Words
Almost everyone in my school tries to actively engage with the material they are learning. Because my school operates...
My advice about getting recommenders
128 Words
Try to get recommenders who really know you as both a student and a person. The best way to do this is by asking teachers who either interact with you outside of school (coaches, club advisors etc...) or...
My advice about getting recommenders
180 Words
Every applicant has to get a recommendation from their high school guidance counselor. This can be extremely beneficial if you do your best to build a good relationship with your school guidance counselor. The counselors at my school had over 100 students with about 30 kids in each grade (obviously the bigger your counselor's workload is,...
List of schools I interviewed with and my interview experience
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ALWAYS bring a copy of your resume when interviewing with schools. This will a) immediately allow your interviewer to get a clearer picture of you as a person and help them ask you directed questions about your...

High School Performance

Unweighted GPA
Top 10%
High School TypePublic
Academic Performance in High School Steady

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Converted SAT Score1540
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