B.A., Biology
I'm a Harvard 2017 grad & concentrated in History & Science! I also sang in the Radcliffe Pitches. Ask me anything about IB, college apps, or Harvard!
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Hometown Massena, New York
EthnicityWhite Non-Hispanic
AdmissionEarly Action
Class of2017
First Gen College StudentNo
English First Language Yes
Other Language(s) Spoken Spanish

Results, Essays, and Advice

Waitlisted or Withdrew
  • Harvard University (Cambridge, MA)
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Harvard University (Cambridge, MA)

Applied for a B.A. in Biology

Accepted and Enrolled Legacy: No

School Specific Essays

The two most primal of instincts: fight or flight. A choice must be made. It is so easy to run away from a problem, to leave it for another day. However, I’ve never been much of a runner. When you’re diagnosed with cancer, you aren’t given a guide on how to deal with it. It’s up to you to grab the reigns and take control of your life. For me, it was finding a way to...
Supplemental Essay: Other
205 Words
This was my EC essay; I didn't choose to write a supplementary essay for my Harvard application. --- “…and that is why, ladies, this bill should not pass.” As I leave the podium and look out into the room, I observe a myriad of responses: nodding and side glances, pens scribbling notes and pages flipping. A vote is taken. There are cries of division and meticulous counting of raised cards fluttering in nervous hands. The verdict is read; the bill...

School Specific Advice

List of schools I interviewed with and my interview experience
135 Words
I only interviewed with Harvard, because it was the app I submitted early and once I got in I didn't apply anywhere else. I think the interview is a fairly important part of your application package, even though it's not mandatory....
My extracurricular activities in college, and why I chose them
176 Words
Before I arrived at Harvard, I assumed I'd continue to be involved with multiple extracurriculars as I had throughout high school. However, maintaining a good work/life balance is a lot more difficult at college, and especially at Harvard. Consequently, I only ended up participating in one main EC. However, it was...
My schedule on a typical weekday
270 Words
My weekday schedule varied depending on the semester and the types of courses I was enrolled in. At my "peak" time around sophomore and junior year, when I was still actively completing general education and concentration requirements, it would be something like the following: Every student must enroll in at least 4 courses each semester. Many students take 5, and a select few take 6, but 4 is the recommended and most manageable amount. As a History and Science student, I took both history-based...
How I would rate the alumni network at my school
86 Words
I think Harvard's alumni network is fairly robust. Harvard alums I've come into contact with are always excited to meet new alumni and talk about their...
My favorite course thus far, and why
92 Words
My favorite college course so far has been a WGS class called I Will Survive: Women's Political Resistance Through Popular Song. The class combined my love of music...
What I like about my school’s location and culture
111 Words
Harvard students typically don't venture far from campus. There's a phenomenon known as the "Harvard bubble," a small radius around where most undergrads spend 99% of their time. I would definitely encourage any future...

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General Admissions Advice

How I chose schools to apply to
119 Words
I made sure my list of colleges included schools with varying degrees of selectivity, to ensure I would get in somewhere (especially as I was applying to many reach schools.) I looked for schools in...
Recommended summer activities during high school and college
134 Words
I think it's important to do something every summer during high school. You have this stretch of time that you can do pretty much do anything with, so try to use some of it to explore your interests. I spent...
My advice about getting recommenders
90 Words
Be the "teacher's pet." Don't suck up to your teachers or being annoying about it, but make a real effort trying to be respectful to them. Stay...
How I narrowed down my essay topics
278 Words
The hardest part about writing college essays is actually coming up with an idea and beginning the actual task of writing. The essays are where admissions officers actually hear your "voice," so they are a major way to differentiate yourself. I began thinking about my essays in August before my senior year. Since I was applying SCEA, I had until November 1 to write. You may want to add some more time if needed, but this amount of time worked well for me. ...
What I learned transitioning from high school to college
198 Words
The jump from high school to college is pretty big, and it's hard to accurately imagine as a high school student. Your freshman year in college is full of changes, and usually by the time you're a sophomore your current self and your high school self are pretty different. One of the biggest things for new college students is...

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Converted SAT Score1520
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ActivitiesStudent Council / Government, Spanish Club, Rotary Club, School Theater/Plays, Community Cleanup / Service, Yearbook, Marching Band, Community or summer theater/plays, Homecoming committee, Library Volunteer, National Honor Society, Political Campaign, Prom Committee, School Band, School Choir
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