College Admissions Info

mikemckeon
mikemckeon
University of Maryland - College Park ‘19
BS, Astronomy and Astrophysics, Physics

Profile Overview

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

Student Background

I'm studying astrophysics at the University of Maryland, College Park.
From: Bronxville , New York
Gender: Male
Race/Ethnicity: White Non-Hispanic
Legacy: Both Parents, Sibling
Admission: Regular Decision, Early Action
Applied To: 15+ schools
Accepted At: UMD, Columbia, Dartmouth, Cornell, Colgate, Wesleyan, Arizona, Penn State, SUNY New Paltz, BU, Northeastern, UMass, F&M, Alfred, MSU
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Is English First Language: Yes

Test Scores

2260
SAT
30
ACT
Converted SAT Score: 1540
Highest SAT: 2260
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High School Performance

4.35
GPA
Top 1%
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High School Type: Religious
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Academic Performance in High School: Steady
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Extracurriculars & Awards

Sports: Martial Arts
Extracurricular Activities: Debate Club/Team, Church, Science Club/Team, Community Cleanup / Service, Habitat for Humanity, National Honor Society, School Newspaper/Magazine/Journalism
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College Application Essays

Personal Statement: Place you’re content
661 Words
The slope of my roof is 66 degrees. Most people feel uncomfortable carrying expensive equipment 25 feet in the air on a 66 degree slope. This is the place where I am most content. My roof is a site of enchantment and awe. This place is my springboard to the majesty of the universe; it is the place where I directly interact with my greatest passion - astrophysics. Everyone who knows me knows that astrophysics is the subject that occupies my mind more...









Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
103 Words
Franklin and Marshall has an astrophysics program and an on-campus observatory with great research opportunities. That is hugely important to me. Astrophysics is my passion and my desired career. I want F&M to be my starting point because I believe that it can give me the tools I need in my specific field while rounding off my intellect everywhere else. Doing astronomy with real equipment in beautiful Lancaster away from the light pollution of larger cities is a phenomenal...



Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
160 Words
Question: If you could do anything or be anyone for a day Answer: There is no doubt in my mind that I would climb aboard the (sadly fictional) Tardis with Doctor Who. This is partly because it would create a loophole to this question. In the Tardis, an object that exists outside of time, one single day on Earth could be an eternity for me. I could return within a day after living out a lifetime of wonder. I could...



Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
646 Words
Question: What two subjects do you most want to study? Answer: With regard to intellectual inquisition, I am a man of extremes. While there are countless academic fields that I intend to explore, my two greatest curiosities lie in science, at two extreme ends of nature - the bewilderingly enormous and the bafflingly minuscule: cosmology and particle physics. The human mind is often debilitated in its attempts to visualize the abstract concepts of these fields because they lie beyond the...









Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
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Question: Wesleyan President Michael Roth believes a liberal arts education is a pragmatic choice in these times. In what way do you see a liberal arts education having practical value? Answer: I am planning on double majoring in astronomy and physics. People are often confused when I inform them that I am applying to liberal arts schools. They assume that a liberal arts education is not practical for those who want a good education in the STEM fields. This could...





Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
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Question: What is one thing you want your roommate to know about you? (Harvard Question) Answer: When roommates get acquainted, there are some questions that are almost guaranteed to be asked. One of those questions – “Did you play any sports in high school?” – I have always been apprehensive about answering. When I answer honestly, the responses range from enamored expressions to disgusted dispositions. Thus, I usually dodge the question with the technically true response, “no school sports”, in the hope...









Additional Essay Details:
41 Words
I had a long version and a short version, long version was exactly the word limit, short version was under by about 200 words, and every teacher I asked advised me to use the short version. I did, and it was successful.

College Admissions Advice

What I’d change about my application process
20 Words
I would've started earlier and taken...





List of schools I interviewed with and my interview experience
85 Words
I interviewed with Harvard, Dartmouth, Cornell, and Columbia, and had a positive interview experience with all of them. I left the interviews feeling confident that it...





Why I declined other schools
73 Words
I declined all of the other schools I got into because I would have been saddled with crushing debt from student loans....





Whether I took out loans or applied for scholarships, and my advice
44 Words
I refused to take out loans, as should you. Your education should not...





What I’d change about my school if I were student body president
15 Words
I would make it so...





Most popular extracurricular activities at my college
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Greek Life,...





My favorite course thus far, and why
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Astrophysics, because it's the only...





What I now know about my school that I never would have known prior to enrolling
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The average class size is NOT as advertised. Most...





Post-college plans
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I'll be heading...