College Admissions Info

Harvard University, ‘17
BA, Political Science and Government

Profile Overview

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

Student Background

Despite being a local resident, coming to Harvard has given me even more reasons to love my city! I am involved in journalism, service work, and work as a historical tour guide of Harvard Yard!
From: Scituate , Massachusetts
Gender: Female
Legacy: No
Admission: Regular Decision
Applied To: 9 schools
Accepted At: BC, BU, Northeastern, Richmond, UMass, Syracuse, Fordham, Quinnipiac, Harvard
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Is English First Language: Yes
Other Language(s) Spoken: French

Test Scores

Converted SAT Score: 1410
Highest SAT: 2010
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High School Performance

GPA, Weighted
Top 1%
High School Type: Public
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Academic Performance in High School: Steady
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Extracurriculars & Awards

Sports: Basketball, Field Hockey, Softball
Extracurricular Activities: National Honor Society, Political Campaign, Prom Committee, Student Council / Government, School Newspaper/Magazine/Journalism, World/Global Affairs Club
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College Application Essays

The game of Scrabble involves players taking turns placing words on a singular board. It is slow paced, sometimes boring, and usually the person who knows the most words or ways to use obscure letters wins. Bananagrams is a little bit different. Players complete their own board, constantly racing against opponents to use all their letters first so they can grab another. It’s not about who can make the biggest words, but who can make the most out of...

Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
835 Words
On a typical college application, students grades, extracurricular activities, and recommendations are shown. There is a short personal statement. But does this really show a person: a few lists, some numbers, and a 500 word statement about yourself? There are certain expectations often associated with a person’s name. Who his or her family members are, what school did he or she attend, and what his or her job might be. However, in my 18 years I have discovered that I am...

Supplemental Essay: Scholarship application
420 Words
Wham! My first little league experience began with a hard hit. No, it wasnʼt a typical baseball hit. I didnʼt make it on base, and there was no feeling of satisfaction and pride. I was actually hit in the eye during warm-up throws, and got a black eye. I wasnʼt actually on the team, just sitting on the bench as my neighbor was the coach. One may expect this turned me away from baseball, but instead I...

Supplemental Essay: Scholarship application
495 Words
Community service is important for students to get involved in because it opens their eyes to what others are going through and often sparks the desire to get more involved. Lose the Training Wheels, a program that teaches special needs students to ride bikes in an adapted way, was my spark. For one week, I was paired with a special needs boy who I worked with one on one for 1.5 hours a day, guiding him, encouraging him, and being supportive...

Supplemental Essay: Issue of personal significance
419 Words
Four Oreos. Not three, not five, four. Oreos are something I know well. My little brother Bobby has always eaten four. It’s his snack in the morning, in the afternoon, and again at night. Why just four? What if there are only three left in the pack? Even if offered more, Bobby will only eat four Oreos. Bobby is on the autism spectrum. He is different from other kids as he struggles in social situations and is very routine...

Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
680 Words
Richmond Any situation where you walk into a room of 400+ people is daunting, but walking into a room of 400 strangers that you will be spending a whole week with was, for me, unimaginable. When I first got to Massachusetts Girls State at Stonehill College, I was overwhelmed by the unknowns. Who would my roommate be? Will I make friends? The unanswered questions were endless. Coming from a fairly small town like Scituate, I wasn’t used to being out of...

College Admissions Advice

What I like about my school’s location and culture
95 Words
I can't imagine not going to school in the city. Not only is it easier to get home when I need a weekend away or for a holiday, but...

List of schools I interviewed with and my interview experience
84 Words
For me, I believe the interview was one of the most important parts of the application process. Though few of my schools offered interviews, staying...

My extracurricular activities in college, and why I chose them
31 Words
Writer-The Harvard Crimson (Sports) Volunteer-CIVICS (a program that...

Recommended summer activities during high school and college
52 Words
Don't stress about constantly doing the most exciting thing every summer. School's don't want a laundry...

My advice about getting recommenders
96 Words
The most important thing to me in writing recommendations was the teachers that knew me best. This was more important than my actual grades in their class, because if...

Whether I used a private admissions counselor, and advice I received
104 Words
This was not a resource I used, and I am not sure what more I could have gotten out of using these services. Use your teachers for advice! When working on...

How I chose schools to apply to
125 Words
First, I narrowed my list down by location. I knew I wanted to stay on the East Coast, and I preferred the city. With some exception, I restricted my list to schools that fit these qualifications. Then, I...

What might make for a good “Why Us” essay topic at my school
108 Words
For my "Why Harvard" essay, I focused on details about myself and why I would fit in at Harvard. I think a lot of people apply to Harvard for the name and...