College Admissions Info

LESMAR16
LESMAR16
Amherst College, ‘20
BA, Biology

Profile Overview

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

Student Background

Someone who never believed an elite school would accept her until now.
From: New Brunswick , New Jersey
Gender: Female
Race/Ethnicity: Hispanic
Legacy: Parent
Admission: Early Decision
Applied To: 10 schools
Accepted At: College of NJ, Rutgers
Denied At:
Waitlisted At:
Withdrew From:
Is English First Language: No
Other Language(s) Spoken: Spanish

Test Scores

2120
SAT
29
ACT
Converted SAT Score: 1480
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High School Performance

3.84
GPA
Top 5%
Rank
High School Type: Magnet
AP / IB Classes and Scores:
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Academic Performance in High School: Steady
Explanation of Any Low Grades:

Extracurriculars & Awards

Sports: Tennis
Extracurricular Activities: 4-H, Hospital Volunteer, Library Volunteer, Tutoring/Mentoring
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College Application Essays

The lessons I have learned in tennis can apply to everybody’s life. When someone begins learning tennis, the main focus is to keep the ball in play. Keep the ball going back and forth until you win the point. I honestly struggled keeping up my motivation in high school. However once I finally found a very steady source, it made life much easier and it kept me going much longer. I lived in Missouri until I moved to New...











Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
504 Words
Losing one parent can make life extremely difficult. At the time I lost my father for the first time, I was at the age of twelve. He was in jail because he made a terrible, selfish decision so I felt little sympathy for him and no effects from his one month absence. In addition, the rest of my family was in good health and in a good financial situation including secure transportation. However, the second time he was arrested, not...







Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
675 Words
As I began dissecting the cow’s oddly enormous eyeball for my fifth grade science club, I felt a new interest in science developing. I remember the various questions it raised in my mind that ranged from “Why is the eyeball larger than it appears on a live cow?” to “What is this dark, slimy liquid?”. My curiosity in the biological aspect of science was sparked. Science class had always been my favorite class in elementary school and still remains...









Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
243 Words
The University of Chicago is where someone like me, an eccentric, curious person with various passions, can find people to identify with. I want to find a school that has a community that is like that. A recruiter came to my school and spoke to us about how there is a Chipotle appreciation club, a circus and how there was a time students built a nuclear reactor. There is pretty much everything at this school. I do not have a...





Additional Essay Details:
98 Words
The first essay was used for Questbridge, which asked to describe an experience which caused you to change your perspective and/or your opinion. How did this affect you? The second essay was for Rutgers which asked: Rutgers requires that you provide a short essay that is your original work. Please reflect on what you consider to be an important personal experience related to your talents, interests, or commitments. Using this experience, please tell us what you learned about yourself....



College Admissions Advice

What I’d change about my application process
82 Words
I would have started much earlier. I procrastinated at the end, which made have hurt some of my supplemental essays. I also would have finished...





List of schools I interviewed with and my interview experience
172 Words
I interviewed for University of Chicago and Princeton. UChicago is probably one of the weirdest ones to interview, but it also really helps them see if you're the student they would want and if the school is one you would want. For me, I fell in love with UChicago way more after...





My advice about getting recommenders
60 Words
For one, ask your recommenders early for a recommendation! Also, ask your junior teachers that you feel genuinely...





How to increase chances at my school
67 Words
When writing your essays, try to incorporate how characteristics that really shows that you'd be someone that would fit into...





Recommended summer activities during high school and college
142 Words
During the summer, the best thing you can do is advance on one of your passions (or multiple if you adventurous), but make sure it's meaningful. Don't do things you know you really couldn't care less about if it wasn't for college. I...





What set me apart from other applicants
67 Words
A few things I think set me apart. For one, I'm someone who has overcame huge obstacles and was still...





Whether I took out loans or applied for scholarships, and my advice
94 Words
Apply to scholarships early!! I mostly worried about the Questbridge Match Scholarship (which I ultimately did win), but some of the great scholarship like Horatio Alger, Coke and...





Post-college plans
30 Words
Most likely, I'm going to medical school to eventually...





How I chose schools to apply to
167 Words
So I decided to three safeties because I knew TCNJ would be a school that might not offer too much aid, but I could easily be accepted to and possible get outside scholarships. Rutgers was known for good aid to good students and getting into the honors college would be...





Why I ultimately chose my school
26 Words
I ultimately chose to attend because I was...