College Admissions Info

Pitzer College, ‘18
BA, Political Science and Government

Profile Overview

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

Student Background

My name is Estefania "Nia" Gallo. I am majoring in Political Science, and I am really passionate about social justice and the politics pedagogy.
From: Los Angeles , California
Gender: Female
Race/Ethnicity: Hispanic
Legacy: No
Admission: Regular Decision
Applied To: 5 schools
Accepted At: Pitzer, Smith, Mills, CSULB, SDSU, Scripps
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Is English First Language: Yes
Other Language(s) Spoken: Spanish

Test Scores

Converted SAT Score: 1290
Highest SAT: 1800
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High School Performance

Top 5%
High School Type: Public
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Academic Performance in High School: Steady

Extracurriculars & Awards

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College Application Essays

Personal Statement: One moment that changed you
609 Words
The strong gust of wind blew my hair into my face. I was never quite sure if that air came from the train’s arrival or the loud sigh of relief coming from the people next to me. The screeching sound of metal against metal made my teeth clench, but there it was-- the Metro Blue Line heading to Los Angeles. We rushed into the small, grey cabin to find a seat. I pulled out my crumpled-up map of Los...

Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
520 Words
I fell in love with Reed College on a toilet. This is more symbolic than it seems; bathrooms have become my rite of passage for the last two years due to my weird intestinal disease. My first “Reed-ers Digest” began when I found a Reed magazine in a bathroom. I had heard about it before, but there was something intriguing about the magazine. While reading, I kept encountering the words “genuine skeptics”. As someone who has gotten in trouble for...

Additional Essay Details:
60 Words
Don't feel pressured to write about a "traumatic" experience or some experience that makes you unique. The strongest essays are ones that make mundane and simple things beautiful. Talk about something that is meaningful to you. No matter how cliche. This will show colleges what you value, your level of maturity, and your insight into the world you live in.

College Admissions Advice

How I chose schools to apply to
284 Words
Don't go for prestige, you are more likely to get rejected if that is your sole purpose for applying to a college. You need to find a good fit. What does good fit mean? Ask yourself a series of questions. What do I want out of college? Do I want to pursue a topic of interest, or do I just want a career? Do I prefer small classes where professors know my name, or am I okay with just blending in with the crowd? Does...

How to increase chances at my school
107 Words
Don't go for prestige, you are more likely to get rejected if that is your sole purpose for applying to a college. You need to find a good fit. Visit the college....

Why I declined other schools
66 Words
I did a very good job of choosing schools that fit my preferences. Any school I decided to go to...

Why I ultimately chose my school
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I chose my college, because I agreed...

List of schools I interviewed with and my interview experience
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Treat an interview like a conversation. Don't list your extracurriculars and awards. More so,...