College Admissions Info

University of Southern California, ‘20
BA, Economics

Profile Overview

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

Student Background

I'm from Central California and I honestly do not know entirely what I want to do with my life. I'm an undergraduate at USC studying Economics and hoping to soon pick up a second major.
From: Riverbank , California
Gender: Male
First Gen College Student: Yes
Race/Ethnicity: White Non-Hispanic
Legacy: Sibling
Admission: Regular Decision
Applied To: 8 schools
Accepted At: USC, SDSU
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Is English First Language: Yes

Test Scores

Converted SAT Score: 1490
Highest SAT: 2150
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High School Performance

GPA, Weighted
Top 5%
High School Type: Public
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Academic Performance in High School: Low at first but improved
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Extracurriculars & Awards

Sports: Baseball, Tennis
Extracurricular Activities: Debate Club/Team, Local Orchestra / Symphony / Band, Marching Band, Math Team, Model Congress / Model UN, Marching Band, Student Council / Government, Tutoring/Mentoring, Political Campaign
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College Application Essays

When I first offered to drive my friend Josh home, he reluctantly asked me to make a promise, so I did. “Promise not to judge me,” he insisted, his eyes wandering toward the ground, his face doing its best to avoid visible embarrassment. After reassuring him that I wouldn’t, we got in my car and he began navigating. As he laid out our route, the reasons behind his embarrassment became clearer; in a town notorious for car theft and...

Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
247 Words
Before I joined leadership my sophomore year, I hadn’t truly found my niche. Growing up, I had always found struggle in fitting in and feeling accepted amongst others. I had conditioned myself to believe that I wasn’t worth anyone else’s time. I thought that I was destined for an unfulfilled high school experience, and joining this class was my last-ditch effort to make something out of my next few years. What I didn’t know prior to...

Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
230 Words
My experiences in leadership have led me to discover that I am a people person. I genuinely enjoy surrounding myself with people, and I especially enjoy helping others. My first-choice major, economics, is a medium through which I can change others’ lives for the better. With an undergraduate degree in economics, it is my ultimate goal to go to law school and become a lawyer, so I can use my voice to represent the voiceless. Studying at Dornsife will provide...

Additional Essay Details:
36 Words
I reworked these essays about 5 times a piece before I was happy with the way they came out. In retrospect I could have written much better, more effective essays but I got in so no worries!

College Admissions Advice

What might make for a good “Why Us” essay topic at my school
136 Words
This might seem like common knowledge but I feel as if a lot of people go about this incorrectly. Look up as much information about your college as possible when faced with questions like these! Colleges like to get a feel...

What I now know about my school that I never would have known prior to enrolling
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We have a GE core that prides itself in making sure students are well-rounded...

What I now know about my school that I never would have known prior to enrolling
169 Words
USC gets a bad rap for being in Southwestern Los Angeles, an area known to be slummish. Rest assured, our campus is one of the safest campuses in the nation. We have our own police department comprised of over 500 staffers who work 24/7, surveying both the campus itself and the radius surrounding...

Recommended summer activities during high school and college
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If you're looking into grad school, USC is a great school to go to for an undergrad. We are a top-tier research university that offers research opportunities to students...

Whether I took out loans or applied for scholarships, and my advice
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There exists no such thing as applying for too many scholarships, both for USC and for local and national organizations....