Cal Poly ‘20
B.S., Biology and Biological Sciences
Farm girl ready to experience that university life.
Features Included


Hometown Tulelake, California
EthnicityWhite Non-Hispanic
AdmissionRegular Decision
First Gen College StudentYes
English First Language Yes

Results, Essays, and Advice

Waitlisted or Withdrew
  • California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo (San Luis Obispo, CA)
  • University of California - Davis (Davis, CA)
  • University of California - Los Angeles (Los Angeles, CA)
  • California State University - Fresno (Fresno, CA)
  • University of California - Berkeley (Berkeley, CA)
  • University of California - Irvine (Irvine, CA)
  • California State University - Chico (Chico, CA)
  • California State University - Long Beach (Long Beach, CA)
  • University of San Diego (San Diego, CA)
  • Santa Clara University (Santa Clara, CA)
  • Harvard University (Cambridge, MA)
  • Vanderbilt University (Nashville, TN)
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California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo (San Luis Obispo, CA)

Applied for a B.S. in Biology and Biological Sciences

Accepted and Enrolled Legacy: Parent

School Specific Essays

I grew up on an old homestead three miles outside of the small farming town of Tulelake, California. The nearest Walmart and McDonald’s were a forty minute drive away. Of course, I had the opportunity to dig up my own potatoes and pick my own mint leaves, which is an experience not offered by Walmart’s produce aisle. As my dad points out regularly, “I am the luckiest kid in the world” to have grown up where I did....
Years ago, I was the shy one. I was quiet at school, I hid behind my parents at social events, and I always avoided eye contact with people. Speaking, whether it was to one person or to a whole group, was one of my greatest fears. Not surprisingly, when I learned that I would have to take a speech class in seventh grade, I feared for my life. The class didn’t start until the spring of seventh grade, but...

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General Admissions Advice

How I chose schools to apply to
213 Words
My junior year, I decided I needed an answer for when people asked me where I wanted to go to school. I chose UC Davis. I don't really remember the exact reason why, but pretty soon I was set on going there. I researched it, talked to people I knew down there, reviewed materials I had gotten from a college fair, and started exploring...
Why I ultimately chose my school
285 Words
In February of my senior year, after applying to 12 colleges, I received two scholarship offers that would be impossible to refuse: one from Fresno State, and one from Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo. I was still set on UC Davis, but my dad decided we had to go on tours of the schools. Now, I already felt angry; I realized that I only had two choices now that made sense. There was Cal Poly with a scholarship that was practically a full ride, and there...

High School Performance

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Top 10%
High School TypePublic
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Academic Performance in High School Steady

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Converted SAT Score1510
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ActivitiesAcademic Decathlon, Community Cleanup / Service, Film, Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), Prom Committee, Rotary Club, Student Council / Government, Tutoring/Mentoring, Political Campaign
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