College Admissions Info

Columbia University, ‘17
BA, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Profile Overview

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

Student Background

I'm a pre-med Brooklynite going for a Biochemistry major.
From: Lasi , New York , Romania
Gender: Female
Race/Ethnicity: Black / African American, Hispanic, White Non-Hispanic
Legacy: No
Admission: Regular Decision
Applied To: 12 schools
Accepted At: Columbia, Cornell, Northwestern, UNC, Wake Forest, BU, Macaulay Honors, Stony Brook, SUNY Geneseo
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Is English First Language: Yes
Other Language(s) Spoken: Spanish, French

Test Scores

Converted SAT Score: 1570
Highest SAT: 2330
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High School Performance

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

Extracurriculars & Awards

Extracurricular Activities: After School Program Coordinator, Latino Student Association, Hospital Volunteer
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College Application Essays

Lima is a city without rain. Though its gray skies promise much, dusty streets and a lack of grass make their lies apparent. I stay with my family in Puente Piedra (“Stone Bridge”). Papá shows me one of the only parks in our neighborhood; it has a great, metal fence surrounding it and a padlocked gate. “I planted those trees fifteen years ago,” he says with pride. “We had to erect the fence keep them from being stolen.” In Peru,...

College Admissions Advice

Post-college plans
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I'm planning to go to medical school. Ideally, I...

How I chose schools to apply to
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I wanted to choose a school that had a strong research program and that was in located in a place...

How to increase chances at my school
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I feel that Columbia is looking for people who have a strong...

List of schools I interviewed with and my interview experience
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I found it interesting that even though I considered research to be my strongest point, a great deal of my...

Recommended summer activities during high school and college
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I love working at a laboratory since it makes me feel productive. As a hospital volunteer, you...

What I like about my school’s location and culture
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Columbia is in Manhattan. There are so many options here in terms of internships and volunteering....

My advice about getting recommenders
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I had four people write me recommendations. I had my high school research mentor (biology teacher) write me a recommendation since we were extremely close...

What I’d change about my application process
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The only thing that I felt I would have done differently is to apply sooner. Since...

Why I ultimately chose my school
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I ultimately chose to go to Columbia because it's strong research presence; I knew that...