College Admissions Info

lagrassa
lagrassa
Massachusetts Institute of Technology ‘18
BS, Electrical and Electronics Engineering

Profile Overview

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

Student Background

I did a few science competitions with a chemistry research project but want to do comp sci. Let's see how that goes...
From: New York , New York
Gender: Female
Race/Ethnicity: White Non-Hispanic
Legacy: Both Parents
Admission: Regular Decision
Applied To: 9 schools
Accepted At: UMich, GA Tech, NYU-Poly, Yale, CMU, Columbia, MIT
Denied At:
Waitlisted At:
Withdrew From:
Is English First Language: Yes
Other Language(s) Spoken: Spanish

Test Scores

2360
SAT
Converted SAT Score: 1590
Highest SAT: 2360
SAT Prep:
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High School Performance

4.40
GPA
Top 1%
Rank
High School Type: Public
AP / IB Classes and Scores:
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Academic Performance in High School: Steady
Explanation of Any Low Grades:

Extracurriculars & Awards

Sports: Wrestling, Golf
Extracurricular Activities: National Honor Society
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College Application Essays

Personal Statement: Childhood memory
549 Words
Davidson Fellow Second Place Junior Science and Humanities National Finalist Siemens Finalist Intel Science Talent Search Semifinalist New York Science and Engineering First Award “Hey look! A jewel!” I yelled, quickly jumping on the sand to take a look. “It looks dull,” Noelle responded, looking over the top. I remembered a science class where the teacher opened a boring looking geode to expose the astonishing colours of the crystal inside. Right then, I had an idea. “Let’s see if...









Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
90 Words
I want to apply my background in chemistry to a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering with a minor in Economics. A chemist understands the system that the chemical engineer implements into useful systems.The intersection of mechanical engineering, fluid dynamics, and catalytic chemistry in reaction engineering at large scales fascinates me, but I also want to understand how I can use the systems I create in the real world, which is ruled by constraints and the scarcity of resources,...



Supplemental Essay: Amusing anecdote
486 Words
The strong aroma of Russian Caravan tea filled the room as I rapidly prepared a cup for myself, careful not to make eye contact with the haughty ninety four year old woman staring silently into space at the end of the dining room table. Aunt Valya is an eccentric great aunt with high expectations and lips like rocks that never smile. It is difficult to communicate with her past her broken and strongly accented English. I only studied Russian for...







Supplemental Essay: Strong beliefs/principles
249 Words
I am proudest of my persistence. When I requested yet another vial of deuterated solvent for yet another variation on an experiment that I had already repeated twice, my graduate student merely shrugged his shoulders and said “Third time’s the charm.” I tried to put two reagents together at a cold temperature, mix them, and make sure they would not react. After the first try ended in a rock and the second in an unwanted reaction, I tried layering...





Supplemental Essay: Time off from school
98 Words
On a Sunday morning, I always enjoy looking at the congregation waking up right before the children’s choir performs. For the past four years, I have been accompanying them on the piano from behind the scenes. My purpose is to provide the rich musical background for their angelic voices, and I love to hear the harmony work. I even welcome the occasional challenge of switching keys for a nervous seven year old soloist who decides to flatten halfway through...



Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
494 Words
The opportunity to combine engineering, research, and entrepreneurship is a unique feature of Michigan Engineering that encourages the development of leadership skills to make a difference in the world. The large size of the University of Michigan is also a significant advantage, because with it brings internships, courses, and research opportunities. I was intrigued by the wide variety of projects that students worked on in the Honors Capstone experience. This program interests me because it combines the intense understanding of...







College Admissions Advice

Whether I took out loans or applied for scholarships, and my advice
113 Words
A great way to find scholarships is through your school. Contact your guidance counselor because he or she knows which scholarships you are the most likely to successfully receive, and also which you qualify...





How to increase chances at my school
252 Words
The best way to icnrase your chances at admission is to fit yourself to what the college is looking for. There are aspects of your personality that align with the school's mission. For example, in my Columbia essays, I highlighted the reader in me. When applying to Michigan, which is a very practical engineering school, I honestly gave my career aspirations and how I would apply a Michigan Engineering education. MIT looks for spiky students. They...







What I’d change about my application process
82 Words
I think I applied to too many safety schools. The University of Michigan was a perfect safety school that I got into early action. Then,...





What set me apart from other applicants
34 Words
The science competitions are probably what got me into all...





Recommended summer activities during high school and college
71 Words
Do something you are very very interested in. For me, it was science. For many other people, they are interested in...





My advice about getting recommenders
106 Words
Here is some advice you might not hear every day. Pay attention to the way your teachers write. Some teachers might know you very well, but simply do not put much effort...





Why I ultimately chose my school
102 Words
I visited the University of Michigan and loved some people there. There were some nerds and very enthusiastic engineers that were crazy about their work. There were also people who left...