College Admissions Info

Vanderbilt University, ‘20
BA, Political Science and Government, International Relations, Economics

Profile Overview

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

Student Background

Just a girl from Colorado who loves the outdoors, indie music, and Birkenstocks.
From: , Colorado
Gender: Female
Legacy: No
Admission: Regular Decision
Applied To: 12 schools
Accepted At: Vanderbilt, William & Mary, Puget Soung, Denver U, UBC, U Oregon
Denied At:
Waitlisted At:
Withdrew From:
Is English First Language: Yes

Test Scores

Highest ACT:
ACT Prep:

High School Performance

GPA, Weighted
Top 10%
High School Type: Public
AP / IB Classes and Scores:
Academic Performance in High School: Steady

Extracurriculars & Awards

Sports: Tennis
Extracurricular Activities: Key Club, Student Council / Government, National Honor Society, School Choir, Homecoming committee, Prom Committee, Church
Elaborate on Extracurriculars or Work:
How Spent Summers:
Volunteer Experiences:

College Application Essays

Pumpkin? Check. Mashed potatoes? Check. The clatter of stacking cans created a dependable beat that transformed my labor into a rhythmic second nature. Packing Thanksgiving care packages felt musical. I loved volunteering at the Action Center’s warehouse, a building chock-full with canned foods and clothing which I loaded into boxes for the Center to later distribute. I strengthened my relationships with my classmates who also volunteered; I enhanced my organizational skills; I bolstered the number of National Honor Society...

Supplemental Essay for Vanderbilt: Other
409 Words
“Excuse me!” I elbowed my way through my school’s teachers and administrators as I raced toward the office. My fingers fumbled excitedly gripping the door handle. The clatter of the coins matched the beat of my pounding heart. “How much did we make?” I queried, short of breath. “Around forty-five hundred,” my Senate sponsor responded, surprised at my lack of breath. I voiced my thanks, and took off, dashing back to the gym where my fellow Senior Senators were...

Supplemental Essay for William & Mary: “Why us” school essay
1847 Words
Essay for the Joint Degree Programme at William&Mary;: Pin trading is a tradition among attendees at the Olympics, so naturally when I volunteered at the London Olympics, I felt compelled to partake in such a distinctive custom. My volunteer duties were nothing extraordinary—most of the time I ended up handing out water bottles to athletes and visitors—but there were many opportunities for human interaction and thus, many opportunities to trade pins. You could always tell a serious...

Supplemental Essay for UChicago: “Why us” school essay
655 Words
University of Chicago is the first college I found that had a soul. As a naive sophomore I certainly thought information on colleges would be useful as I checked the box indicating my interest on the PSAT. Little did I know that my email and mailbox would be bombarded with unwanted, spam-ridden messages from who knows where. The subject lines would read, “Your a preferred student, Micheala.” Yes, they did spell name wrong. Soulless. It wasn’t until a nice,...

Supplemental Essay for U Oregon: Unique question posed by school
527 Words
Though the novel may not be dense with literary devices, Thirteen Reasons Why should be studied because it challenges the perceptions of everyday interactions as well as provides readers with the inability to be oblivious to the issue of teenage suicide. My mother believes fervently that reading is one of the best ways to relax. So while on vacation, our family consistently visits a bookstore to select our own paper escape from reality. When my mother handed me Thirteen Reasons...

Additional Essay Details:
42 Words
I applied to many schools that required supplements. I found that one about a meaningful extracurricular activity could be reused multiple times. So before writing a new essay, check to see if you can edit an old one and make it work.

College Admissions Advice

Recommended summer activities during high school and college (Yale, Harvard, Duke)
34 Words
Colleges really like to see an international experience or learning...

What I’d change about my application process (Vanderbilt, Duke, U Oregon, UBC, UPenn, William & Mary, Denver U, Puget Soung)
26 Words
I would not have applied to so many...

5 adjectives that describe a typical student at my school (Feel free to elaborate!) (Vanderbilt)
40 Words
Hard-working, knowledgeable, fun-loving, happy, and innovative. Vanderbilt students are consistently ranked the...

Whether I used a private admissions counselor, and advice I received (Vanderbilt, UChicago, William & Mary, U Oregon, Denver U)
24 Words
I did not use a private admissions...

How to increase chances at my school (Vanderbilt)
70 Words
Everyone in the class of 2020 had a leadership position of some sort in high school. The majority of us also scored...