smargent
smargent,
Harvard ‘20
B.A.
Features Included
4
Essays
6
Schools
15
Scores
1
Advice
5
ECs
0
Sports

Background

Hometown San Luis Obispo, California
GenderMale
EthnicityAsian
AdmissionEarly Action
English First Language Yes
Other Language(s) Spoken Bengali

Results, Essays, and Advice

Accepted
Waitlisted or Withdrew
Denied
  • Harvard University (Cambridge, MA)
  • Yale University (New Haven, CT)
  • Princeton University (Princeton, NJ)
  • University of Rochester (Rochester, NY)
  • University of California - Berkeley (Berkeley, CA)
  • University of California - Los Angeles (Los Angeles, CA)
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Harvard University (Cambridge, MA)

Applied for a B.A. in

Accepted and Enrolled Legacy: No

School Specific Essays

School Specific Advice

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Personal Statement
109 Words
Interest in other academic subject
Latin—see also: “dead language” and “useless party trick.” Outside of the cadre known as the Latin Club, this is the only reasonable definition of Latin, or so my friends tell me. I cannot deny that learning Latin has little direct application in my world. After all, I live in California, not the Vatican. At best, with my round Bengali cheeks and abundance of melanin, I look displaced among the white students of my Latin class. While my high school...
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Supplemental Essay Issue of personal significance
75 Words
Words have weight. Some words, like "the" or "a" are light, frivolous enough that some languages omit them entirely. Others, such as "diagnosis," are a bit heavier. They carry an infinite weight and inertia—the ability to crush entire past lives and change the angle of tilt our solipsistic worlds rotate on. Since the third grade, I've borne the burden of not one word, but an entire phrase, the capture of a condition: cerebral palsy.
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Supplemental Essay Unique question posed by school
112 Words
“Answers can only aspire to be important. Questions remain forever relevant, forever eloquent. Answers are science, questions are poetry.”—Guillermo del Toro, Best American Non-Required Reading of 2014 (foreword) These words strike me as not only true, but contradictory to most of the formal education that I’ve undertaken. The thirteen years that I have spent trekking to school nearly every day have taught me about mitochondria and molarity, Milton and Martial. In short, I spend three hundred and fifty minutes...
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Additional Essay Details
79 Words
I strongly believe that my essays were the crux of my application. After all, I did not have the standout honors, athletics, or academics of so many of my peers. At best, I had test scores--a surplus of test scores that served to exemplify my test-taking talents, but did little to convince the admissions office of my humanity. My essays were answer to that: a clarion declaration of my humanity, of my philosophy, and of my lens on life.
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General Admissions Advice

How I chose schools to apply to
422 Words
Whatever university you go to, you need to fit in--academically, socially, culturally, etc. I strongly believe in the safety, match, reach system. A safety school is one where you are beyond the seventy-fifth percentile in test scores and grades. It is also one where, although it may not be your first choice, you know that you could be happy--or at the very least, you could find something there that will make you happy. For me, this was any school with an acceptance rate between 25 and 50 percent. A match school is one where you are between the median and the seventy-fifth...
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High School Performance

GPA
4
(no specification of weighting)
Rank
Top 1%
 
High School TypePublic
College Classes In High School
Academic Performance in High School Steady
Explanation of Low Grades

Test Scores

Highest ACT
35
 
ACT Score Details
 
ACT Prep
Highest SAT
2400
 
SAT Score Details
 
Converted SAT Score1600
Other SAT Scores
SAT Prep
SAT IIs
PSAT Scores
Other Standardized Tests

AP / IB Classes and Scores

Details7 classes and scores

Sports

Extracurriculars

ActivitiesJunior Classical League / Latin Club, National Honor Society, Tutoring/Mentoring, Drama Production Crew
Elaborate on Extracurriculars or Work

Experience & Awards

How Spent Summers
Volunteer Experiences
Awards Received

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