College Admissions Info

whyynot
whyynot
Harvard University, ‘20
BA, Undecided

Profile Overview

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

Student Background

Hi! My name is Fay and I'm a freshman at Harvard hailing from Toronto, Ontario. Beyond taking courses in the social sciences and life sciences, I debate, volunteer, and write.
From: Toronto, ON , Canada
Gender: Female
Race/Ethnicity: White Non-Hispanic
Accepted At: Yale, UPenn, Amherst
Denied At:
Waitlisted At:
Withdrew From:

Test Scores

2310
SAT
Converted SAT Score: 1560
Other SAT Scores:
SAT Prep:
SAT IIs:

High School Performance

4.00
GPA
Top 1%
Rank
AP / IB Classes and Scores:
Academic Performance in High School: Steady

Extracurriculars & Awards

Extracurricular Activities: Political Campaign, School Newspaper/Magazine/Journalism, Debate Club/Team, Nonprofit, NGO or Charitable Organization

College Application Essays

Personal Statement for Harvard, Yale, UPenn, Amherst, UChicago: Creative personal story, Family background, International background, Issue of personal significance
692 Words
When I think of Athens I can’t help but think of my mother’s instructions on how to navigate its seemingly impossible traffic. “Look for the mountains” she’d tell me, “If your sense of direction fails, the mountains will always be at the exact same place.” Perhaps that’s why, of all my early memories, these scenes of her driving down small, winding roads, an almost invincible woman, have stayed with me the longest. At that time, I...











Supplemental Essay for Harvard: Other
635 Words
My personal sanctuary takes the form of a slightly bruised, unassuming beige notebook. It isn’t prettier on the inside, either: pages are dotted with scrunched up sticky notes containing “to read lists”, autobiographical diary entries, cut and pasted images, arguments I wish I’d made in my last debate round, stanzas from new poets, and my favourite rap lyrics. Rather, the notebook’s beauty stems from the fact that it is the object I return to when I have...









Supplemental Essay for Yale: Other
672 Words
Whenever I don’t know what to say, I start with a question. It’s part personal quirk, part true-and-tested method: questions expose you to a variety of answers -- some right, others interesting. At the very least, they give you something to chew on. Some of the questions we ask lend themselves to easy answers. “What does consent mean?”, I ask the sea of round-eyed sophomores below me. Here’s some context: I am standing inside the second floor...









College Admissions Advice

How to increase chances at my school
124 Words
I think Harvard wants to see individuals that are committed to something and are intrinsically driven towards an end goal in that discipline -- be it the arts, the humanities, or engineering. No matter how impressive your...





List of schools I interviewed with and my interview experience
169 Words
I interviewed with Harvard, Yale and Penn. All three interviews were good, although I found Harvard and Yale to be more personable. My Harvard interviewer was a middle-aged alumnus who wanted to know about my interests, my favorite courses, and my hopes and expectations for a Harvard education. He was conversational...





What I’d change about my application process
2 Words
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What set me apart from other applicants
109 Words
Two things: first of all, I think I had no expectation of getting into any of the schools I applied to, especially being an international applicant, so I crafted my essays with the...