ruben20
ruben20,
Princeton ‘20
B.S., Computer Science
Loves ice cream and romantic comedies, likes to hang out with friends
Features Included
6
Essays
11
Schools
14
Scores
11
Advice
7
ECs
0
Sports

Background

Hometown San Antonio, Texas
GenderMale
EthnicityHispanic
AdmissionRegular Decision
English First Language Yes
Other Language(s) Spoken Spanish

Results, Essays, and Advice

Accepted
Waitlisted or Withdrew
Denied
  • Princeton University (Princeton, NJ)
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, MA)
  • Rice University (Houston, TX)
  • Williams College (Williamstown, MA)
  • Pomona College (Claremont, CA)
  • Stanford University (Stanford, CA)
  • Columbia University (New York, NY)
  • Yale University (New Haven, CT)
  • Harvard University (Cambridge, MA)
  • University of Texas - San Antonio (San Antonio, TX)
  • University of Texas - Austin (Austin, TX)
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Princeton University (Princeton, NJ)

Applied for a B.S. in Computer Science

Accepted and Enrolled Legacy: No

School Specific Essays

School Specific Advice

More Essays

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All my life I've been stuck right in the middle between fitting in and feeling completely different from everybody else. It wasn't easy making friends as that kid who got dropped off by his "abuela" every morning at a primarily white elementary school, and then again as the only "Americano" after my family relocated to Tlaxcala, Mexico. It was a challenge growing up under the microscope-like spectacles of a strict Jehovah Witness mother and maturing into the liberal-minded man that...
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Supplemental Essay “Why us” school essay
312 Words
Princeton BSE Program: Before my sophomore year of high school, I had no idea what JavaScript was. Little did I know that it would soon become a safe haven from all the elements of my life that unfortunately were not programmable. I didn't get to choose which family I was born into, the extent of my receding hairline, or any other struggles I had to deal with. One thing I could decide, however, was what popped up on the computer...
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Supplemental Essay “Why us” school essay
261 Words
"Why Columbia" Vincent Van Gogh once wrote "Looking at the stars always makes me dream," and that's exactly how I feel about Columbia. New York City is an exciting place to imagine myself living in, where people from all walks of life are plentiful and fields ranging from music theory to computer science are able to harmonize. More importantly, Columbia is where the people with these unique backgrounds and their ideas all intersect with one another. I hope for my...
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Supplemental Essay Diversity statement
504 Words
Throughout my lifetime I've come to realize that the world is only as bitter as I make it. Especially under circumstances that involve an ethical dilemma, it will always be up to me to discern whether something really is what it seems. There's nothing easier than to dismiss the benefit of the doubt in certain situations, but there's also usually nothing more valuable than to do otherwise. I wasn't always aware of this, at least not until a few years...
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Supplemental Essay Issue of personal significance
776 Words
It was already past six o’clock when I saw the “on my way” text from my dad. I figured it would take around thirty minutes to get home, without the detour we took to my sister’s psychiatrist. “There’s a lot of stuff we have to figure out,” my dad said as he treaded into the clinic. Waiting in the car under the harsh heat of the sun, I wondered why my mother had been unable to pick...
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Additional Essay Details
30 Words
You can ask me any questions you would like! I applied through the QuestBridge program, so I tried to focus more on hardships and overcoming those hardships, along with diversity.
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General Admissions Advice

My favorite course thus far, and why
71 Words
I love computer science because it is the only subject where I can sit down and think about it and work...
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5 adjectives that describe a typical student at my school (Feel free to elaborate!)
10 Words
(About high school)...
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What I’d change about my school if I were student body president
34 Words
(About high school) Decrease the amount of unnecessary work that...
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What set me apart from other applicants
39 Words
I think that I really showed my full personality in all of...
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What I’d change about my application process
43 Words
I would have looked into which schools fit my personal interests best instead...
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Whether I used a private admissions counselor, and advice I received
44 Words
I did not use any sort of admissions counselor. I was completely independent,...
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Why I declined other schools
45 Words
Some I thought were pretty snobby, some were too expensive, and some did not...
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My advice about getting recommenders
40 Words
Choose teachers that know you very well! The kinds of teachers that...
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Whether I took out loans or applied for scholarships, and my advice
43 Words
I was lucky enough to be granted an amazing financial aid package at...
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My extracurricular activities in college, and why I chose them
156 Words
I haven't actually started college yet, but one thing I've always wanted to do but haven't really been able to (or had the confidence to do) is join a sport. In the second grade, I played soccer for about a year and I was actually really good ...
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My favorite course thus far, and why
110 Words
In high school, my favorite courses have always been the ones related to math and logic, which didn't require much (or any at all) reading. I like to learn by doing things on...
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High School Performance

GPA
4
(no specification of weighting)
Rank
Top 1%
 
High School TypeMagnet
College Classes In High School
Academic Performance in High School Steady

Test Scores

Highest ACT
34
 
ACT Score Details
 
Other ACT Scores
ACT Prep
Highest SAT
2170
 
SAT Score Details
 
Converted SAT Score1500
Other SAT Scores
SAT Prep
SAT IIs
PSAT Scores
Other Standardized Tests

AP / IB Classes and Scores

Details13 classes and scores

Sports

Extracurriculars

ActivitiesMath Team, Hospital Volunteer, Tutoring/Mentoring, Student Activities Committee, School Band, Junior Classical League / Latin Club, National Honor Society
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Experience & Awards

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Volunteer Experiences
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