College Admissions Info

Harvard University, ‘15
BA, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Profile Overview

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

Student Background

Senior pre-med at Harvard College studying Integrative Biology
From: Rockwall , Texas
Gender: Male
Race/Ethnicity: Black / African American
Legacy: No
Admission: Regular Decision
Applied To: 4 schools
Accepted At: UT Austin, Yale, Harvard
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Withdrew From:
Is English First Language: Yes
Other Language(s) Spoken: Amharic, Spanish

Test Scores

Converted SAT Score: 1480
Highest SAT: 2120
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High School Performance

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Top 1%
High School Type: Public
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Academic Performance in High School: Steady
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Extracurriculars & Awards

Extracurricular Activities: Academic Decathlon, Marching Band, Habitat for Humanity
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College Application Essays

Who am I? If you looked at me, you would see a young African American male who’s about 5’10’’, a little underweight, rather sociable, quite a music lover, and very goal oriented. You would learn that I am in the school’s marching band, and the academic decathlon team, and a member of many of the organizations of my high school. But who am I really? I am the first born son to immigrant parents from Ethiopia. I live in...

Supplemental Essay: Scholarship application
510 Words
Growing up, I had always been very analytically minded. I conducted my life as though it were a series of steps and, like a scientist, would approach any task I faced methodically, only accepting success. This left-brained dominance served me well throughout my school career, and I achieved high grades due to my meticulous nature. However, when I decided to learn to play the euphonium my freshman year, I found a challenge that I could not solve analytically. The struggle...

Supplemental Essay: Scholarship application
465 Words
When I was young, I was a blank slate, a clean canvas, a block of marble. I went through life, growing up and encountering many people who left an impression on me here or there, chipping away at the block. However, there has been one person in my life whose strong presence has guided me throughout my life. My father, the master sculptor, has played an integral role in my life. His past experiences and strong moral character have shaped...

Supplemental Essay: Scholarship application
510 Words
As a child, I lived near the fine arts district of Dallas. Whenever we had the chance, my parents and I would view the vivid masterpieces hosted at the art museum or go to the symphony hall to listen to the enrapturing performances of the orchestral musicians. I remember the sense of belonging I felt whenever I visited these art venues. I was a part of the greater community of people that would invest their time in the sights and...

Additional Essay Details:
109 Words
Essays should be true to your experiences. This is the only place where you can show a reader who you are. From personal experience talking to admissions officers, each admissions person tries to specifically shape a class (especially at the elite schools). This means you can't be a generic science kid or a generic athlete. You have to show what you can contribute to a community. Take the essay as the only thing that will distinguish you. Your grades and...

College Admissions Advice

What I’d change about my application process
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I applied to schools thinking that only prestige mattered. Therefore I eliminated a lot of schools from my application list based on name alone. While prestige matters in some regards, you need to know if the school is the right fit for you. After all, this is the...