College Admissions Info

Swarthmore College, ‘19
BA, Political Science and Government

Profile Overview

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

Student Background

I'm a junior at Swarthmore from California who plays tennis, violin, and is into the environment
From: Mission Viejo , California
Gender: Female
First Gen College Student: No
Race/Ethnicity: White Non-Hispanic
Legacy: No
Admission: Early Decision, Recruited for Sport
Applied To: 7 schools
Accepted At: UC Davis, UCSD, UCSC
Denied At:
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Withdrew From:
Is English First Language: Yes
Other Language(s) Spoken: Spanish

Test Scores

Converted SAT Score: 1470
Highest SAT: 2110
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High School Performance

GPA, Weighted
Top 10%
High School Type: Public
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Academic Performance in High School: Steady

Extracurriculars & Awards

Sports: Tennis
Extracurricular Activities: Help Save Our Environment, School Jazz / Orchestra, Model Congress / Model UN, Nonprofit, NGO or Charitable Organization, Clean Ocean Beach Sweeps / River Cleanup, Conservancy Volunteer
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College Application Essays

I look up. It’s one hundred and ten feet to the top, the best place to view the whole ship. With a harness across my chest and prussic attached, I stand on the rails, put my hands on the metal, and begin to climb. It is my first summer on the tall ship SSV Tole Mour, and I feel just like Jack Sparrow, dreadlocks and all. I don’t dare look down, my legs shaking as I step higher...

Supplemental Essay: Issue of personal significance
533 Words
I used to think the William Saroyan photograph hanging at my grandmother’s house was my uncle. They both have the same large gray bushy moustache, Saroyan’s slightly lengthier than my uncle’s. As a child, being Armenian was only defined by similarities in appearance- dark hair, brown eyes, old men with large beer bellies- and likeness in food. I now understand that we are a people defined by more than similar facial hair and meat at every meal....

Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
253 Words
I am not well rounded; I am well sliced, dividing my time amongst all that I feel passionate about- violin, Help Our Planet (HOP) Club, my high school’s recycling program, tennis, and sailing. High school feels like a time of concessions, trying to squeeze every activity into twenty-four hours with barely enough time to reflect on my choices and decisions. After visiting Swarthmore twice and talking to multiple professors and the tennis coach, I believe this is a college...

Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
481 Words
I open my eyes - it's St. Patrick's Day 2014. Today is the day that Mission Viejo High School will be visited by a magic different than that of a Leprechaun. St. Patrick's Day has never meant anything to me, but today it meant I was going to kick-off my campus-wide recycling program. After unpacking and lining over fifty blue recycling bins, my Help Our Planet Club cohorts and I broke into a frenzy, running like madmen to distribute all the...

Additional Essay Details:
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My personal statements and essays had the same general theme - I focused what I really cared about as opposed to trying to present myself as someone I was not. Although I might not have given a school an essay they were expecting, in the long run, it displayed my uniqueness and passions accurately.

College Admissions Advice

Why I ultimately chose my school
36 Words
I eventually chose to apply to Swarthmore College early decision because...

My favorite course thus far, and why
68 Words
At the moment, my favorite course at Swarthmore is an environmental science course entitled Changemakers. I am currently working with...

What I now know about my school that I never would have known prior to enrolling
58 Words
I never would have known that most of the students at Swarthmore are so down to earth...

5 adjectives that describe a typical student at my school (Feel free to elaborate!)
5 Words
Busy, Driven,...

Reaching out to professors and coaches at schools I applied to
56 Words
As a tennis player, I made sure to email coaches of schools I was interested starting in...

Recommended summer activities during high school and college
43 Words
Choose one or two extracurricular activities that you are truly passionate and excited...

List of schools I interviewed with and my interview experience
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I interviewed with two schools, Brown University and Swarthmore College, and felt that interviewing was not only a good supplement to...