College Admissions Info

Harvard University, ‘16
BA, Political Science and Government, East Asian Languages and Literatures

Profile Overview

Profile contains
  • Test Scores
  • High School Performance
  • Extracurriculars & Awards
  • Personal statement
  • 5 supplemental essays
  • 1 advice topics

Student Background

Grew up living all around the world. Overall, it made me more insightful on global issues.
From: Inver Grove Heights , Minnesota
Gender: Female
Race/Ethnicity: Black / African American
Legacy: No
Admission: Regular Decision
Applied To: 9 schools
Accepted At: Harvard, Columbia, NYU, Cornell, JHU, Carleton
Denied At:
Waitlisted At:
Withdrew From:
Is English First Language: Yes

Test Scores

Converted SAT Score: 1480
Highest SAT: 2120
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High School Performance

Top 25%
High School Type: Public
AP / IB Classes and Scores:
Academic Performance in High School: Low at first but improved
Explanation of Any Low Grades:

Extracurriculars & Awards

Sports: Basketball
Extracurricular Activities: 4-H, American Red Cross, Students Against Drunk Driving (Destructive Decisions) (SADD), Student Council / Government, School Choir, Quiz Bowl/Academic Bowl, National Honor Society, Drama Production Crew, Debate Club/Team
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College Application Essays

During middle school I was extremely unhappy with the rigor of my courses; my classes did not reflect any sort of preparation for college. I signed up for the most rigorous curriculum possible in high school but I discovered that I was not fully prepared to take on the challenges they came with. I had to grow considerably before I could combat the trials necessary to excel in high school. Once I entered high school, I did not understand the...

Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
246 Words
I have spent a fairly large amount of my life in a small community; certain aspects of living in such a place have definitely helped me grow, but I also feel that I have lost many opportunities because of it. Getting an education in a small community may be advantageous to some but I feel that an urban area may provide me with more opportunities to excel. Columbia University will offer me the opportunity to learn in an environment where...

Supplemental Essay: Using a metaphor
143 Words
When I was younger, I abhorred public speaking; any situation that involved presenting in front of a group nearly made me ill. Despite this, I joined my school’s Speech team and found public speaking to be an incredibly fulfilling activity. The Speech team gives me the opportunity to take a literary piece of art, mold it, and present it in front of a judge and my fellow competitors. The sheer excitement and adrenaline I experience before performing a prose...

Supplemental Essay: Issue of personal significance
363 Words
By the time I had entered high school it would be easy to say that I did not like young children much. Until I joined the 4-H program Youth Teaching Youth, I had forgotten that even in elementary school, children face multiple dilemmas that they need help to overcome. My time working at Salem Hills Elementary School made me realize that I can have a significant impact on a younger student’s life. I joined Youth Teaching Youth because it...

Supplemental Essay: Issue of personal significance
255 Words
I began my junior year of high school fearing my upcoming chemistry course; the course is notorious for being one of the most grueling and demanding courses within the curriculum. I was sure that I would have the same adverse feelings towards the course as prior students yet I found myself enjoying the challenging course. The small amount of work I had done with chemistry prior to the class led me to believe it to be an overly complicated and...

Supplemental Essay: Amusing anecdote
248 Words
Like most high school students, I spend a significant amount of my time reading literature. I enjoy reading, but until recently, I was not able to fully appreciate classic English literature; on the occasions that I had read it, I found the content uninteresting and inconsequential. Despite this, I read a classic piece of English literature, Charles Dickens’s A Tale of Two Cities, during my junior year; I initially disliked it because of its wordiness and jargon, but I...

Additional Essay Details:
101 Words
I wrote my personal statement on my decision to pursue academia for the sake of my own interests, not the sake of my parents. Previously the stress of living up to my parents expectations and the example set by my two, Ivy-League level school attending siblings made me actively shy away from academia in fear of being seen as inferior and disappointing. Eventually I chose to pursue my school work and interests wholeheartedly in order to find myself and to...

College Admissions Advice

What set me apart from other applicants
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I truly believe what set me apart from other students may have been how well rounded I was as a student. I was eventually able to take on a multitude of responsibilities without spinning out, which a lot of...