mikemckeon
mikemckeon,
UMD ‘19
B.S., Astronomy and Astrophysics, , Physics
I'm studying astrophysics at the University of Maryland, College Park.
Features Included
7
Essays
16
Schools
18
Scores
9
Advice
7
ECs
1
Sports

Background

Hometown Bronxville, New York
GenderMale
EthnicityWhite Non-Hispanic
AdmissionRegular Decision, Early Action
English First Language Yes

Results, Essays, and Advice

Accepted
Waitlisted or Withdrew
Denied
  • University of Maryland - College Park (College Park, MD)
  • Columbia University (New York, NY)
  • Dartmouth College (Hanover, NH)
  • Cornell University (Ithaca, NY)
  • Colgate University (Hamilton, NY)
  • Wesleyan University (Middletown, CT)
  • University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ)
  • Pennsylvania State University - University Park (University Park, PA)
  • University at New Paltz - SUNY (New Paltz, NY)
  • Boston University (Boston, MA)
  • Northeastern University (Boston, MA)
  • University of Massachusetts - Amherst (Amherst, MA)
  • Franklin and Marshall College (Lancaster, PA)
  • Harvard University (Cambridge, MA)
  • Michigan State University (East Lansing, MI)
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University of Maryland - College Park (College Park, MD)

Applied for a B.S. in Astronomy and Astrophysics

Accepted and Enrolled Legacy: Both Parents + 1 more

School Specific Essays

School Specific Advice

More Essays

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Personal Statement
661 Words
Place you’re content
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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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Supplemental Essay Unique question posed by school
276 Words
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...
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Supplemental Essay Unique question posed by school
672 Words
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...
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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.
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General Admissions Advice

What I’d change about my application process
20 Words
I would've started earlier and taken...
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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...
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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....
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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...
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What I’d change about my school if I were student body president
15 Words
I would make it so...
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Most popular extracurricular activities at my college
7 Words
Greek Life,...
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My favorite course thus far, and why
16 Words
Astrophysics, because it's the only...
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What I now know about my school that I never would have known prior to enrolling
31 Words
The average class size is NOT as advertised. Most...
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Post-college plans
10 Words
I'll be heading...
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High School Performance

Weighted GPA
4.35
 
Rank
Top 1%
 
High School TypeReligious
College Classes In High School
Academic Performance in High School Steady
Explanation of Low Grades

Test Scores

Highest ACT
30
 
ACT Score Details
 
Other ACT Scores
ACT Prep
Highest SAT
2260
 
SAT Score Details
 
Converted SAT Score1540
Other SAT Scores
SAT Prep
SAT IIs
PSAT Scores
Other Standardized Tests

AP / IB Classes and Scores

Details7 classes and scores

Sports

SportsMartial Arts

Extracurriculars

ActivitiesDebate Club/Team, Church, Science Club/Team, Community Cleanup / Service, Habitat for Humanity, National Honor Society, School Newspaper/Magazine/Journalism
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Experience & Awards

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Volunteer Experiences
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Application Additional Materials

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