College Admissions Info

MarieShr
MarieShr
Dartmouth College, ‘17
BA, Public Health, Biology, Latin and Ancient Greek Studies

Profile Overview

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

Student Background

Junior at Dartmouth who loves long walks on the beach/through the snow.
From: Columbus , Ohio
Gender: Female
Race/Ethnicity: White Non-Hispanic
Legacy: No
Admission: Regular Decision
Applied To: 14 schools
Accepted At: Dartmouth, Cornell, Kenyon, Emory, Denison, Northwestern, Case, UMich, NYU
Denied At:
Waitlisted At:
Withdrew From:
Is English First Language: Yes

Test Scores

2200
SAT
34
ACT
Converted SAT Score: 1510
Highest SAT: 2200
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High School Performance

4.30
GPA
Top 1%
Rank
High School Type: Religious
AP / IB Classes and Scores:
Academic Performance in High School: Steady

Extracurriculars & Awards

Sports: Tennis, Swimming/Diving
Extracurricular Activities: Quiz Bowl/Academic Bowl, Tutoring/Mentoring, Church, Community Cleanup / Service, Debate Club/Team, Hospital Volunteer, Key Club, Math Team, World/Global Affairs Club
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College Application Essays

It is late at night, and I am sitting on a ghastly floral comforter in the dim light of a hotel room’s bedside lamp, holding a syringe and a tiny bottle. Four years ago while visiting family in Atlanta, my little sister xxxxx was diagnosed with type 1 juvenile diabetes. She was hospitalized with a blood glucose level over 1400 and began taking insulin by injection about eight times a day. A typical squeamish seventh grader, I was having no part...







Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
515 Words
Hideous—that’s how I would describe the day I visited Northwestern. I arrived on campus during a rain shower, and an annoying, incessant drizzle continued into the beginning of the tour. Twenty minutes after the rain ended, the temperature had climbed well over ninety degrees. Standing by the lake in the scorching sun, lost in a gaggle of visitors dripping with sweat, I could think only one thought: “I love it.” Northwestern had blown me away. And, okay, I...







College Admissions Advice

Most popular extracurricular activities at my college
93 Words
Dartmouth is known for Greek life, and by far the two most dominant spheres on campus are the Greek system and the DOC (Dartmouth Outing Club). There's a...





5 adjectives that describe a typical student at my school (Feel free to elaborate!)
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outdoorsy, athletic,...





List of schools I interviewed with and my interview experience
92 Words
Interviewing with Dartmouth is always with alumni; my interviewer asked really standard questions and just wanted to get to know the basics about me, but was overall really...





Whether I took out loans or applied for scholarships, and my advice
143 Words
I receive a significant amount of need-based financial aid and chose to pay a relatively small amount of money (compared to 60k) to attend Dartmouth over Kenyon, where I would have basically made money going to school, as well as over Cornell and...





What I like about my school’s location and culture
177 Words
Dartmouth gets made fun of for being in the middle of nowhere, for being really cold, for being an enclave of binge drinking, etc. Those things are all true to some extent. Location wise, I love the isolation. I love that we're essentially a boarding school--the school exists largely in and of itself;...





My favorite course thus far, and why
262 Words
The best class I've taken at Dartmouth was a topics course in the Classics department on Corinth and Sparta; the class was co-taught by the Greek archaeologist and historian of the department, an interesting duo--the archaeologist was actually the historian's professor at Dartmouth, and one handed down leadership of the study abroad program to the other, so it was a really interesting and funny dynamic. Both professors were known on campus for being great, engaging lecturers and genuinely caring...







What I’d change about my school if I were student body president
207 Words
If I could change one thing about Dartmouth, it would be dining services. The problem isn't that the food is bad--I actually think a lot of it is quite good--it's simply overpriced. Products are frequently sold around 400% markups, even though Dartmouth Dining Services is allegedly not for profit. The math really doesn't work out, and students are required to buy meal plans,...





What I now know about my school that I never would have known prior to enrolling
199 Words
People at Dartmouth are extremely future oriented and professionally focused. There's a chance I wasn't aware of this because of my background--"banking" is not really a professional career where I come from. Econ and government are incredibly popular and common majors, and most of the people studying in those departments are aiming to work in finance, consulting, and sales...





What I’d change about my application process
178 Words
I would spend less time and money applying to safety schools and more applying to more elite schools I would have seriously considered. I knew I was a competitive applicant, but I'm a terrible decision maker and kept flip-flopping on what I wanted in a school--I could go to a top-ranked university with...





Recommended summer activities during high school and college
301 Words
It is my strong, strong opinion that summer activities during high school are not incredibly important. For my first three summers, I did nothing but go to a few tennis clinics a week. Unless you truly have a burning desire to study a specific topic at one of those summer university programs, just DON'T waste your time and money. Enjoy being young, hang out with friends, and try to get a job to make some money! I did volunteer at a hospital a few hours a few before senior year of high school--I was also playing tennis 5 days/week that...







What set me apart from other applicants
132 Words
Honestly, I think that my geographical and personal background--rural, not that wealthy--largely set me apart. I had a really strong overall application: high GPA, valedictorian, 99th percentile test scores, involved in academic, service, civic, and athletic activities. A ton of...





Why I declined other schools
235 Words
At the end of my application process, I was either going to go to Northwestern, Kenyon, or Dartmouth (and maybe Cornell, but they were just a more-expensive Dartmouth). Going to Kenyon would not have cost me a dime, but it was less than an hour from my house which felt like a cop-out for a "college experience," it didn't have the sort of research and institutional resources I felt I could...





Post-college plans
126 Words
I plan to take a gap year while I apply to medical school, which I hope to enter in the fall of 2018. During that gap year, I hope to work either in a research laboratory or in a...





Why I ultimately chose my school
128 Words
While Dartmouth was the best bang for my buck, it also provided the best combination of cohesive community, college experience, tradition, academic and extracurricular resources, and prestige that I knew I really wanted. It was (and still is)...





How I chose schools to apply to
188 Words
Pick your absolute dream school, pick no more than 3 safeties--which should always be schools you would actually go to, then pick at least 3 schools you will probably get into, then pick as many "reach" schools as you can 1) pay to apply to and 2) write good essays for. Don't overstretch yourself--I applied to 15 schools, which is a...





My extracurricular activities in college, and why I chose them
240 Words
I have been most involved in research in my time at Dartmouth; as a freshman, I got an internship in a physics lab through the Women in Science Program, which pays freshmen (and some sophomore) women to work in science-related fields during the winter and spring terms of their freshmen years. I did classics research (on textiles) my junior year through another program, and I've taken two leave terms to work full...





What I like about my school’s location and culture
207 Words
Dartmouth is uniquely steeped in tradition. While it's not all great and some of it is inherently sexist and racist--we didn't let women in until the late 70s--most of it is harmless and contributes to a fully immersive and collegiate experience. Dartmouth's culture is one of tradition: the oldest outing club and largest outdoor freshman orientation program, sophomore summer (when all sophomores...