College Admissions Info

renaalee
renaalee
Vassar College ‘20
BS, Biology and Biological Sciences

Profile Overview

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

Student Background

Hello! I'm Rena, and I'm a current high school senior at West Career and Technical Academy in Las Vegas, NV. I major in sports medicine now, but am planning to study biology in college. I am a painter, photographer, pianist, flutist, and lacrosse player.
From: Las Vegas , Nevada
Gender: Female
Race/Ethnicity: Asian
Legacy: No
Admission: Regular Decision
Applied To: 15+ schools
Accepted At: UChicago, UPenn, Trinity, UH, Vassar, Brandeis, Gettysburg, Haverford, RPI, Wesleyan, W&L U
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Is English First Language: Yes
Other Language(s) Spoken: Korean, Spanish

Test Scores

2120
SAT
30
ACT
Converted SAT Score: 1480
Highest SAT: 2120
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High School Performance

3.94
GPA
Top 10%
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High School Type: Magnet
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Academic Performance in High School: Steady
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Extracurriculars & Awards

Sports: Cheer/Spirit Squad, Lacrosse
Extracurricular Activities: Church, Tutoring/Mentoring, Hospital Volunteer, Local Orchestra / Symphony / Band, National Honor Society, Nonprofit, NGO or Charitable Organization, Photography / Film, Political Campaign
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College Application Essays

We are interested in learning more about you and the context in which you have grown up, formed your aspirations, and accomplished your academic successes. Please describe the factors and challenges that have most shaped your personal life and aspirations. How have these factors helped you to grow? Before my mother’s unemployment, I lived the stereotypical life of an adolescent in suburban Las Vegas. Dad was off in San Francisco doing who-knows-what, Mom worked most days out of the...













Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
757 Words
UChicago: Find X. In my still premature experience in Calculus AB, I usually find that I am given a value x as a component of a problem, like when finding the slope of a line tangent to f(x) at x=n, or differentiating an equation at a point (x,y). In these cases, x is a known position, much like x marks my location on a mall directory. So, if x is already given, it’s essentially already found,...











Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
362 Words
Vassar College Since as early as I can remember, I’ve been striving to obtain a strong post-secondary education. I’ve always known that I would want to pursue a career in medicine, but I’ve also found that I have quite varied interests when it comes to academics. As my senior year started, I was approached by the QuestBridge program with its offers of amazing educational and financial opportunities. This is where I found the impressive and promising Vassar...







Supplemental Essay: Scholarship application
499 Words
Why are you interested in healthcare? As a student of Sports Medicine at West Career and Technical Academy, I have gained a deep understanding of healthcare and the different aspects of knowledge required to succeed. Throughout my four years in high school, I've always known I wanted to be an orthopedic surgeon. Learning about the human body, in a wide breadth of sciences including anatomy, physiology, biology, biochemistry, and biophysics has deepened my passion for health care. With clinical experience...







Additional Essay Details:
148 Words
As a QuestBridge applicant and finalist, I had to complete a lot more essays as I applied to ten schools through the scholarship program. The schools I applied to were: Swarthmore, Haverford, University of Chicago, Vassar, University of Pennsylvania, Columbia, Wesleyan, Trinity College, Washington and Lee, and Bowdoin. I had to write additional essays for each of the schools, apart from the personal statement. I also applied to other schools through the common app, where I had to write even...



College Admissions Advice

What I’d change about my application process
211 Words
Though many people will stress that the interviewing process shouldn't make you nervous or too worried, I would have to disagree. I think having a great interview makes all the difference. I'm naturally a good conversationalist, and I know how to highlight my strengths when approached by a potential employer or a college interviewer/alum. In the end, I had the most positive...





How I chose schools to apply to
366 Words
As a student from a very low financial background, my first deal-breaker was the cost of attendance (because it was my biggest barrier to a college education). There are many resources out there, such as net price calculators on the CollegeBoard, to estimate how much federal, state, and school aid you will receive. I also took into account that at most schools, I would receive some sort of merit-based scholarship. I joined QuestBridge (www.questbridge.org) in September of my senior year and was named a finalist in the running for a full ride scholarship to one of their 36 partner...







Whether I took out loans or applied for scholarships, and my advice
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I'm an incoming freshman, and I will not have to take out any loans to attend Vassar. The financial aid package they have awarded me, including scholarships, work-study, and federal grants, covers all but about $1,200 of my yearly tuition. I am a finalist in several local scholarships through the Public Education Foundation, and if I am awarded those scholarships as well, my financial aid will be in surplus. The best thing you can do while waiting for college decisions to come out in the spring is apply...







What I like about my school’s location and culture
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Vassar is located in Poughkeepsie, New York, just over an hour up the Hudson from NYC. It's in a very quaint college town that is beautiful year round, with crisp snowfall in the winter, warm summers, and beautiful changing...





Most popular extracurricular activities at my college
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Athletics is a big part of extracurriculars at Vassar, as they field 27 varsity sports teams, for men and women, across many leagues. Particularly, I'm...





5 adjectives that describe a typical student at my school (Feel free to elaborate!)
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Driven, intelligent,...





What I’d change about my school if I were student body president
71 Words
I'm not at attending college yet, but one thing I know is an issue is the complaints about the school food....