bvitt
bvitt,
Stanford ‘17
B.S., Biology
Creative writer and aspiring med student. Happy to help with the admissions process!
Features Included
4
Essays
7
Schools
9
Scores
8
Advice
5
ECs
0
Sports

Background

Hometown Moraga, California
GenderFemale
EthnicityWhite Non-Hispanic
First Gen College StudentNo

Results, Essays, and Advice

Accepted
Waitlisted or Withdrew
Denied
  • Stanford University (Stanford, CA)
  • University of California - Berkeley (Berkeley, CA)
  • University of California - Los Angeles (Los Angeles, CA)
  • University of California - San Diego (La Jolla, CA)
  • University of California - Davis (Davis, CA)
  • University of Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh, PA)
  • University of Southern California (Los Angeles, CA)
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Stanford University (Stanford, CA)

Applied for a B.S. in Biology

Accepted and Enrolled Legacy: Both Parents

School Specific Essays

My second day of a summer of research at Mahidol University in Bangkok, Thailand, I awoke to a knock at my door. It was my advisor, a Thai woman named P’Be, informing me that I would have a “conference” that morning. Confused, I boarded the bus for the hour-long commute from my dorm to the lab, where I was quickly rushed to a room of reporters and promptly bombarded with questions. Lost in translation had been the word “press.”...
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Supplemental Essay: Issue of personal significance
336 Words
Stanford: What matters to you and why? In my room, I have two clocks. one glares at me from a bookshelf and has the unenviable task of waking me up in the morning. The other is my partner, nestled on my desk between textbooks and a lamp that I carved out of a gourd in the third grade. Time matters to me. When I was younger, I noticed that an hour of reading is a minute, an empty hour is...
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Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
356 Words
Stanford: Write a letter to your roommate: At birth I was blessed (or cursed, if you ask my parents) with a powerful set of lungs, but lacked the ability to hear. At first, my constant ear infections and delayed speech were a mess of confusion. Then, a doctor identified my otitis media, a build-up of fluid that rendered my middle ear nearly unusable, and remedied it with an operation. Since I entered the world of sound at the age of...
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Supplemental Essay: Using a metaphor
315 Words
Stanford: Write about an experience important to your intellectual vitality: The Soy Info Center is a database and resource center for science and businesses. As an intern, I assist in reading, summarizing, and compiling documents into books for publication. One day, while my manager and I were deep in the threshes of writing History of Natto and Its Relatives (1405-2012), I reviewed a document about methods of growing Natto, a traditional Japanese food made from soybeans. As I annotated neatly...
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School Specific Advice

What I now know about my school that I never would have known prior to enrolling
111 Words
Stanford intimidated me a lot before I started. I worried that I wouldn't compare to the "geniuses" and would not do well. Stanford is a place where, as long as you apply yourself...
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More Essays

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General Admissions Advice

Why I ultimately chose my school
219 Words
I was very lucky in the college admissions process - I applied early to my top school (Stanford) and was accepted. As a result, I did not apply to many other colleges (just UCs, Pitt, and USC because they were due before I found about about Stanford). That said, I did consider several schools when deciding where to apply early. My priorities when choosing a school...
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5 adjectives that describe a typical student at my school (Feel free to elaborate!)
19 Words
Driven, quirky, over-committed, fun-loving, smart. Stanford...
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How I chose schools to apply to
239 Words
I am a California resident, so the UCs were a no brainer for me. I ended up applying to 4 because, even with high grades/GPA, I knew I couldn't just rely on UCLA and Cal. I chose UC Davis and UC San Diego because I grew up in the Sacramento area and have fond memories of the Davis area and enjoyed the bike culture, science programs, and college-town vibe. UC San Diego...
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My extracurricular activities in college, and why I chose them
109 Words
At Stanford, I have been involved in undergraduate research, the Sexual Health Peer Resource Center, TAed an undergrad course, and founded my campus chapter of Be the Match (a bone marrow registry). I...
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My advice about getting recommenders
200 Words
My AP Biology and junior English teachers wrote my letters of recommendation. The best thing is to aim for one STEM/tech teacher and one from the humanities. Within those categories, just pick the teachers to whom you feel closest or relate the most to. My AP Bio teacher and I were pretty close, and I was his TA senior...
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Recommended summer activities during high school and college
159 Words
Summer activities were key and I think were one of the biggest reasons I got into Stanford. The summer after freshman year, I went to a genetics camp and volunteered at a local convalescent hospital. The following two summers, I did science research through programs I found on...
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Whether I used a private admissions counselor, and advice I received
103 Words
I did not use a private admissions counselor, primarily because they are expensive! I think that, at the end of the day, I was better off without one. I was pretty...
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High School Performance

Weighted GPA
4.2
 
Rank
Top 5%
 
Academic Performance in High School Steady

Test Scores

Highest ACT
35
 
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Other ACT Scores
ACT Prep
SAT IIs

AP / IB Classes and Scores

Details5 classes and scores

Sports

Extracurriculars

ActivitiesScience Club/Team, Lions Club, Nursing Home Volunteer, School Band, Tutoring/Mentoring
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