College Admissions Info

Cornell University, ‘18
BS, Mechanical Engineering

Profile Overview

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

Student Background

Saving the world one problem set at a time.
From: Buffalo , New York
Gender: Female
Race/Ethnicity: White Non-Hispanic
Legacy: No
Admission: Regular Decision
Applied To: 8 schools
Accepted At: UChicago, Cornell, NYU, Skidmore, Dartmouth, Pitt, SUNY Buffalo
Denied At:
Waitlisted At:
Withdrew From:
Is English First Language: Yes
Other Language(s) Spoken: French

Test Scores

Converted SAT Score: 1600
Highest SAT: 2390
Other SAT Scores:
SAT Prep:
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High School Performance

(no specification of weighting)
Top 25%
High School Type: Public
Academic Performance in High School: Low at first but improved
Explanation of Any Low Grades:

Extracurriculars & Awards

Sports: Tennis
Extracurricular Activities: Science Club/Team, Boy/Girl Scouts, Tutoring/Mentoring, Film, Dance, Community Cleanup / Service, National Honor Society, School Band
How Spent Summers:
Volunteer Experiences:

College Application Essays

Personal Statement: Failure experience
615 Words
I’ve never gotten along well with electronic paper clips. For as long as I’ve been typing, the ever-charming Office Assistant has been nagging me with dashed red lines. We Anglo-saxons created this language full of abstract and exquisite concepts, yet somehow managed to horribly mismanage spelling. The better part of the dictionary neglects phonics, and even worse, the book’s writers made few attempts to correlate spelling with meaning. For such an artful language, English lacks creativity. “You...

Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
304 Words
Prompt: Winston Churchill believed "a joke is a very serious thing." From Off-Off Campus’s improvisations to the Shady Dealer humor magazine to the renowned Latke-Hamantash debate, we take humor very seriously here at The University of Chicago. Tell us your favorite joke and try to explain the joke without ruining it. For as long as the earth has been pulling things towards it, a number of those things have been fruit. Legend has it that one afternoon in the 160...

Supplemental Essay: Scholarship application
544 Words
It would be easy to write about how the universe has fascinated me since I could point and gurgle at the Discovery Channel. This would be an enormous lie. While it’s true that I was born with a flair for the scientific - in preschool, I’d tell anyone who would listen how badly I wanted to be a paleontologist - the exquisite beauty of reality gradually faded from my interests as I progressed through school. I was drawn...

College Admissions Advice

List of schools I interviewed with and my interview experience
121 Words
When interviewing, the most important thing to do is to find some common ground with the alumnus you're talking to. I had an interview for a school I didn't end up attending with a history professor...

Additional material sent in after waitlisted or deferred
122 Words
I was initially wait-listed at two schools, frustratingly my top two choices. I sent one school a scan of the business plan for my SAGE team and the other a long, semi-angry letter of continued intent explaining...

What I’d change about my application process
151 Words
I wish I had chosen a school that was a better fit for me, rather than jumping the gun and accepting the offer of admission of the best-ranked school that let me in before May 1st. My school, while it never fails to impress older...

What set me apart from other applicants
133 Words
I am interesting. This is a lofty and sort of weird self-assessment to make on the internet, but it's true for everyone. Applicants come from all sorts of places and backgrounds, and by owning and embracing yours, you are interesting. ...

Recommended summer activities during high school and college
80 Words
To be honest, work. College is really, REALLY expensive, and you probably won't realize that until you get your first bill. It doesn't end...