College Admissions Info

Profile Overview

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

Student Background

I am a Syrian first-generation college student attending Cornell University!
From: Rocklin , United Arab Emirates
Gender: Female
First Gen College Student: No
Race/Ethnicity: White Non-Hispanic
Admission: Regular Decision
Applied To: 11 schools
Accepted At: Cornell, NYU, UC Berkeley, UCLA, UCSB, UC Davis, Princeton
Denied At:
Waitlisted At:
Withdrew From:
Is English First Language: No
Other Language(s) Spoken: Arabic

Test Scores

Converted SAT Score: 1420
Highest SAT: 2020
SAT Prep:
Highest ACT:
ACT Prep:

High School Performance

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

Extracurriculars & Awards

Sports: Tennis, Track & Field
Extracurricular Activities: Charity Drive Organizing, Yearbook, National Honor Society, Student Council / Government
How Spent Summers:
Volunteer Experiences:
Awards Received:

College Application Essays

Personal Statement: International background
659 Words
I’m not even an inch in, but the pungent smell of it already fills my nostrils like a waterfall, acting upon my body as if it were a substance more potent than the hardest drug. I can already feel myself immersing into an alternate reality, with my awareness starting to slip. Pushing the white door wide open, I enter my mother’s closet. I am constantly amazed by the effect this place has on me. I have been here...

Supplemental Essay: Diversity statement
694 Words
My heart is racing. My head is pounding. My palms are sweating. This cannot be happening to me. Rewind to a typical day in the life of Nora Rabah, and my primary concern would be to ace my exams for that day. Little did I know that those worries could never compare to the hurt and confusion I felt on December 2, 2010. In the morning of a seemingly normal day, four police officers presented themselves to my family and in six...

Supplemental Essay: Strong beliefs/principles
244 Words
A pencil and a piece of paper matter to me. These two overused and under-appreciated supplies are the basis for my favorite characteristic- creativity. From poetry to paper airplanes, love letters to tic-tac-toe, and scratch work to sketching, a pencil and a piece of paper allow an individual to temporarily become an artist. Not an artist in art itself, but an artist in ideas. The endless possibilities of thoughts and doodles can transform into a brilliant epiphany. Einstein probably jotted...

Additional Essay Details:
68 Words
My essays were very personal, and you do not need a "sob-story" similar to mine to wow the admissions committee. You can literally talk about the time you failed your swim competition, or the time you visited an Art Museum. That was how my first essay was, it was about a simple time that I entered my Mom's closet, and then I related those emotions to my future.

College Admissions Advice

Whether I used a private admissions counselor, and advice I received
42 Words
No, it wasn't necessary as long as you were organized and set goals...

List of schools I interviewed with and my interview experience
64 Words
I interviewed to about 10 schools, most from the Ivy League. In all honesty, interviews are given to students if...

Whether I took out loans or applied for scholarships, and my advice
45 Words
The big scholarships online are, in my opinion, a waste of time. It is...

How I chose schools to apply to
76 Words
My mindset was, if I apply to a bunch of schools, I'm bound to get into a couple of really good ones. I...

How to increase chances at my school
45 Words
I don't recommend doing this to every college, but maybe in March send your...

Recommended summer activities during high school and college
80 Words
I definitely recommend a few summer activities because I know some colleges asked for how you spent your summer, and you don't want to...

My advice about getting recommenders
65 Words
You don't want to choose a teacher that is clearly bad at writing, but you also don't want to just...

Post-college plans
30 Words
I am hoping to work for a few years...

What I like about my school’s location and culture
189 Words
Cornell University is located in Ithaca, New York. It is absolutely beautiful and the campus was prettier than any other campus I visited, including Harvard and Princeton (sorry). It looks like Hogwarts, and has tall buildings that are incorporated with Gothic culture. I like how, while Cornell maintains its ivy league status, it is a humble school...

What set me apart from other applicants
166 Words
When applying to the ivy league, the typical application holds a 2200 on their SAT. That wasn't the case with me. My SAT and ACT scores were not that high when compared to my peers. For the UC's, I got in early to CAL, UCLA, UCSB, and UCD as a regents...

What might make for a good “Why Us” essay topic at my school
61 Words
Hmm...the "Why Us" essay topics were always the hardest for me. I just wanted to scream out ...

How I chose schools to apply to (Cornell)
114 Words
I definitely recommend applying to at least 10 schools. If you need fee waivers, talk to your career counselor or look into the Questbridge scholars program. I was able to get all of my common...