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

Highest SAT: 2330
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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

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 would not go for a gap year though I have heard that more and more students are choosing this option.

How I chose schools to apply to
68 Words
I wanted to choose a school that had a strong research program and that was in located in a place where I felt that I could easily find internships and job opportunities. I knew that I wanted to have more laboratory experience in college. The fact that Columbia was located in NYC gave me access to so many facilities and...

How to increase chances at my school
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I feel that Columbia is looking for people who have a strong interest in a certain field and aren't afraid to explore it. I had a strong interest in research and definitely delved into it (two summers, one full school year).

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 interviewers were interested to hear about my role in architecture club. They liked to hear that I had more to me than just my research and that I pursued an interest of mine even though I didn't consider it to...

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 sometimes feel a bit limited in terms of the extent to which you can help someone. In research, you become a member of a team and you carry a lot of responsibility in making sure an experiment goes right.

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. The culture at Columbia is definitely one of leaders. You will always see people talking about their ideas, leading movements, and promoting positive change. Everybody seems to feel confident in their ability to shake the world.

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 and had spent countless hours working on experiments. Since I wanted to show strength in the humanities, I also asked my metaphysics teacher write me a recommendation. Lastly, as a supplemental recommendation, I also asked...

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 I'm a perfectionist, I tended to hold onto supplementary applications and review them over and over again. This only wastes time, and at one point you just have to gather your courage and send it in.

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 it would be able to offer me many opportunities to do science research. Location was also an important factor for me. Since my family lived Brooklyn, it was convenient for me to stay in Manhattan.