College Admissions Info

Melbarnesss
Melbarnesss
University of Southern California ‘20
BA, Law and Legal Studies

Profile Overview

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

Student Background

Hi there, I'm from Florida and I currently attend USC. My profile might help those who were homeschooled, Private schoolers, and kids that didn't do that well on the SATs.
From: Orlando , Florida
Gender: Female
Race/Ethnicity: Black / African American
Legacy: No
Admission: Regular Decision
Applied To: 7 schools
Accepted At: UCF, New Haven, MMC, Miami, NYU
Denied At:
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Withdrew From:
Is English First Language: Yes
Other Language(s) Spoken: English

Test Scores

1810
SAT
Converted SAT Score: 1290
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High School Performance

4.20
GPA
Top 5%
Rank
High School Type: Religious
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Academic Performance in High School: Low one semester/year
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Extracurriculars & Awards

Sports: Dance, Track & Field
Extracurricular Activities: National Honor Society, Dance, School Newspaper/Magazine/Journalism
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College Application Essays

This application would be lacking if a window into my individuality as a homeschooler was not opened. Thoughts of a typical homeschooler may hardly include diversity as a characteristic. However, the seven years I spent in homeschool allowed me to become an independent learner, a diverse thinker, and a servant leader. Homeschool allowed me to step outside of the classroom and to explore the world around me. Many homeschoolers have parents who hover over them throughout their schooling. My parents,...









Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
267 Words
USC students are known to be involved. Briefly describe a non-academic pursuit (such as service to community or family, a club or sport, or work, etc.,) that best illustrates who you are, and why it is important to you. (250 word limit) My parents have always told me that I have been dancing since I could stand in my crib. I was enrolled in my school's dance program at the age of five, and later began my studies at a professional...





Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
251 Words
Academic Interest My academic interests are multifarious. Specifically, my interests lie in learning how history constructs or shapes law and culture within society. Believing that the law shapes behavior, I am seeking to gain insight into the symbolic and expressive meanings of legal language. I have been inspired to pursue the major in Law, History, and Culture because it will provide me the foundation and acumen to making sound decisions that are based on logic and reason, rather than on...





Supplemental Essay: Other
97 Words
USC is a very "Involved" school. They are looking for well rounded students who are active outside the classroom. Strengthen your ECs and show commitment! While having alot of different items on your place can help, if you are not consistent, and are flipping from one activity to the next, they will not want you. Univesities want students who are dedicated and consistent. My essay contains all the main hooks of college essays: Leadership, Diversity, a unique challenge, and involvement....



College Admissions Advice

What I’d change about my application process
39 Words
Start Early. Plan it out. I always knew where I wanted to...





My advice about getting recommenders
71 Words
No matter how much you dislike a teacher, always be nice and courteous. They will remember you when other students were...





Most popular extracurricular activities at my college
32 Words
A large percentage of students at USC go greek. If...





5 adjectives that describe a typical student at my school (Feel free to elaborate!)
5 Words
Chill, Smart,...





What I’d change about my school if I were student body president
15 Words
I would grant more aid...





Whether I used a private admissions counselor, and advice I received
35 Words
I did not use a private counselor as I was very...





What might make for a good “Why Us” essay topic at my school
22 Words
Talk about diversity and the many activities...





List of schools I interviewed with and my interview experience
80 Words
I interviewed for University of Miami's full ride scholarship. The process was nerve wrecking and I was nervous going into my interview, but as...





How to increase chances at my school
27 Words
Strong ECS and strong sense of community are...





What set me apart from other applicants
72 Words
What set me apart from other applicants was the nature of my schooling. It common to be a private school student, or...





Recommended summer activities during high school and college
106 Words
Pre-college programs are overrated and a waste of your money. If you have the bank to go to one, attend one at the school you are planning to attend. It will put...





Why I ultimately chose my school
204 Words
Truth be told, I always thought I was going to go to NYU or Columbia. These were my parents schools and I was under pressure to live up to their expectations. Eventually, I did want to go to NYU because the independent nature of the school matched my homeschool mindset. This all changed however when I went back full time to...





What I like about my school’s location and culture
63 Words
LA is a cultural melting pot and I absolutely love it. Diversity is everything there, and there is so...





Whether I took out loans or applied for scholarships, and my advice (USC)
124 Words
So I got a full tuition scholarship, but as you probably know with SC; that's not enough. You still have to pay board, and that will kill you on its own. I applied to a ton of...