College Admissions Info

University of California - Santa Barbara, ‘18
BS, Neuroscience, Neuroscience and Neurobiology, Pre-Medicine Studies

Profile Overview

Profile contains
  • Test Scores
  • High School Performance
  • Extracurriculars & Awards
  • Personal statement
  • 6 advice topics

Student Background

Hello, my name is Shayasta! I will be a freshman at UCSB this October, and I'm looking forward to starting school, meeting new people, and creating fun memories. I hope my advice is helpful and helps ease some of your college application nerves. Good luck!
From: Sacramento
Gender: Female
Legacy: Sibling
Admission: Regular Decision
Applied To: 6 schools
Accepted At: UCSB, UC Davis, UCSD, Rochester
Denied At:
Waitlisted At:
Withdrew From:
Is English First Language: Yes
Other Language(s) Spoken: French

Test Scores

Converted SAT Score: 1360
Highest SAT: 1920
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High School Performance

(no specification of weighting)
Top 5%
High School Type: Public
AP / IB Classes and Scores:
Academic Performance in High School: Steady

Extracurriculars & Awards

Extracurricular Activities: Student Council / Government, Debate Club/Team, National Honor Society, After School Program Coordinator, Tutoring/Mentoring
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College Application Essays

Sitting down at the table, I watch as my mother places various bowls of curry, rice, and vegetables in front of my sister and I. “It looks delicious,” I say as I ladle some spicy curry into my bowl and grab a few warm naans. The last dish my mother places on the table is a stack of piping hot aloo parathas. “Mmm! I love aloo par-a-das,” I exclaim. To my right, I hear my sister snicker at my butchered...

College Admissions Advice

Additional material sent in after waitlisted or deferred
76 Words
If you are given a wait-list offer from a school, take it! It's important to take advantage of all the opportunities available to...

Whether I took out loans or applied for scholarships, and my advice
30 Words
Be proactive when searching for scholarships. Online websites like...

How I chose schools to apply to
179 Words
When deciding what schools to apply to, there are a few important factors, specifically cost of attendance, academics, and environment. First, make a list of all the schools you are interested in; don't worry about distance from home or cost just yet. Then, with all your options in mind, look at the three aforementioned...

Recommended summer activities during high school and college
116 Words
As much as you'd like to relax and soak up the sun, summer vacation is a perfect time to bulk up your resume with awesome work experience or rewarding community service. Simple volunteering like helping...

What I’d change about my application process
106 Words
Looking back at my personal admissions/application process, I am actually quite pleased with the way things turned out. I got into a fantastic school, and I did not get as...

My advice about getting recommenders
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I asked my school guidance counselor, two science teachers, and one English teacher to write letters of recommendation for me. When deciding who to ask, you should choose teachers who know you well,...