College Admissions Info

Williams College ‘19
BA, Biology, Neuroscience

Profile Overview

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

Student Background

Hi! I go by Izi and I am a current student at Williams College Class of 2019. I hope to be a biology or sociology major with a neuroscience concentration. I am on the NCAA Division 1 alpine ski team here.
From: Layton , Utah
Gender: Female
Race/Ethnicity: Asian, Hispanic
Legacy: No
Admission: Regular Decision
Applied To: 9 schools
Accepted At: Utah, Colorado, Colby, Williams, SMCVT
Denied At:
Waitlisted At:
Is English First Language: Yes
Other Language(s) Spoken: Spanish

Test Scores

Highest SAT: 2090
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High School Performance

Top 5%
High School Type: Other Private
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Academic Performance in High School: Steady

Extracurriculars & Awards

Sports: Soccer, Skiing
Extracurricular Activities: American Red Cross, Biking/Cycling, School Newspaper/Magazine/Journalism, Community Cleanup / Service, Hospital Volunteer, Student Council / Government
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College Application Essays

The large Japanese war fan has been crafted into a piece of artwork that hangs above our piano. The family crest of swans is represented throughout the folds of gold paper that depict bending bonsai trees and white winged birds flying through berries. Beneath this piece are three small dolls that sit atop a piano littered with Beethoven’s music. Carefully brought over from the southern hemisphere, the dolls and their colorful robes and festive flowers are the epitome of...

Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
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Imagine yourself in a tutorial at Williams. Of anyone in the world, whom would you choose to be the other student in the class, and why? (300 words). I would choose Brandon Stanton to be the other member in my tutorial class. Stanton is the creator of the humanities social media page and blog “Humans of New York,” which is a growing catalog of over 5,000 residents of New York City and their stories. Not all of the stories are aphorisms of...

Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
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"Since 1855, Bates College has been dedicated to the emancipating potential of the liberal arts. Bates educates the whole person through creative and rigorous scholarship in a collaborative residential community. With ardor and devotion - Amore ac Studio - we engage the transformative power of our differences, cultivating intellectual discovery and informed civic action. Preparing leaders sustained by a love of learning and a commitment to responsible stewardship of the wider world, Bates is a college for coming times." Aside from...

Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
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Explain your extracurriculars: We load the lift, ski bags on one shoulder, race skis on the other, awkwardly sitting on the frosted chair as my hamstrings instantly freeze up and remain cold. We dismount the lift and trickle over to the starting arena as the orange mesh that marks our pit fills up slowly with fancy equipment and extra jackets. Today is race day. Today is different. The entire scene is absolutely stunning. White chipped pieces of braids circulate in...

Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
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University of Colorado: Boulder I believe I am a good match for UC Boulder because I hold a variety of passions and interests. At UC Boulder I hope to find a school that allows me to explore many subjects simultaneously. I love that the school fosters an education that promotes critical thinking and exploration and develops students who are knowledgeable and well rounded in many areas of study. Through my high school education I have learned to think critically and...

Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
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Harvard (rejected): An intellectual experience (course, project, book, discussion, paper, poetry, or research topic in engineering, mathematics, science or other modes of inquiry) that has meant the most to you. At the beginning of my senior year, I attended Utah’s annual Lake Effect High School Writer’s Conference. Lance Olsen, a local poet known for his experimental style, was speaking about his newest novel Theories of Forgetting. This novel has no front cover and instead has two back covers,...

Supplemental Essay: Amusing anecdote
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Brown (Waitlisted did not pursue): We all exist within communities or groups of various sizes, origins, and purposes; pick one and tell us why it is important to you, and how it has shaped you. (150 word limit)Words entered: 0 I am part of Rowmark Ski Academy, a group of 30 students who compete at an elite level in alpine racing.We work year-round training and pushing each other to succeed in fitness and speed while managing the schoolwork we miss from...

Additional Essay Details:
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For my personal statement (Common App essay) I actually started out writing five different essays as my counselor suggested. Each one took a slightly different viewpoint but all were equally important to "my story." I found a way to kind of combine them all into one and edit the pieces that I thought were super key.

College Admissions Advice

My favorite course thus far, and why
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All of the courses I wouldn't normally take have been my favorite so far. These include Philosophy Objectivity in Ethics and English Postcolonial Writers and Movements Take something out of your comfort zone!

5 adjectives that describe a typical student at my school (Feel free to elaborate!)
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Brilliant, compassionate, athletic, individualized, hard-working. Everyone at Williams is incredibly bright but no one is overly competitive or annoying about it. Everyone is hard working because they have to be. And the majority of people you find here care about others and make an effort to get to know new people.

What I’d change about my school if I were student body president
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I'd definitely try to make the school more environmentally friendly. For being a private liberal arts college we are not very good at implementing sustainable policies.

What I now know about my school that I never would have known prior to enrolling
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There are always going to be people smarter than you at something. Just because you're not as good as math or sociology or etc etc doesn't mean you don't deserve to be here. It's not as intimidating as you think going to a place with elite academics because everyone is focused on what they are passionate about.

What I’d change about my application process
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Definitely would have focused less on titles. Just because a college has a good reputation doesn't mean it is the right fit for you. Also visits help a lot more than you think! Talk to students there and ask them directly what the pros and cons are.

List of schools I interviewed with and my interview experience
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I interviewed for Dartmouth, Harvard, Brown. The interviews are not meant to be intimidating at all! I met at a coffee shop for two of them and at the house of the interviewer for another. Everyone is super welcoming and non-judgmental and they really just want to get to know you and put a face to a name. Don't be...

Recommended summer activities during high school and college
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I would just say find something you're passionate and stick with it. Colleges like to see commitment to something so finding a job or a community service organization you really love is going to stand out more than having a bunch of little things scattered all over.

Why I ultimately chose my school
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I ultimately chose Williams because it ended up being the perfect fit for me. I was looking to race NCAA in college and Williams offered me a spot on their team. It is also an incredible academic environment. Based off my other admissions I could either choose a school where I could ski but didn't have the academics I was...

What I like about my school’s location and culture
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I was super freaked out about living in a rural environment at first because I am used to a decent sized city. However, everything you need is on campus and I never felt like it was a problem. The area is also beautiful. It is never too busy and loud like a city campus and there is so much to...

Reaching out to professors and coaches at schools I applied to
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I reached out to all of the ski coaches for every school I applied to and visited. My recommendation would be to be persistent. Coaches are busy so if they don't get back to you right away it doesn't necessarily mean they don't want you on their team. Also go visit with the athletes and ask them about what it...

Whether I took out loans or applied for scholarships, and my advice
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I applied for a few scholarships. There are so many out there that it is impossible to apply for them all simply because of time constraints. Pick a few where you see yourself as a competitive applicant and work on those. I did get a substantial one and it was super nice because it covered my campus job for the...

How to increase chances at my school
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If you know you want to go to Williams but don't think you can necessarily afford it check out WOW. This is Windows on Williams and it gives high achieving lower income students the opportunity to come visit the school for three all expense paid trips. I'm not sure what the actual statistics are, but if you are accepted to...

My advice about getting recommenders
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Ask early! No one likes last minute jobs. Also ask someone that has really gotten to know you. It doesn't have to be the teacher that gave you straight As because everything was easy. It is almost better to have a teacher who has seen you struggle but rise to the challenge.

My extracurricular activities in college, and why I chose them
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I chose to ski NCAA in college because I absolutely love this sport and have competed all my life. I cannot tell you how amazing it is to be part of a team in college. It is so much fun to have an immediate friend group and family that will always be there no matter what. Especially in the first...

Most popular extracurricular activities at my college
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Its funny because the majority of people at Williams are athletes of some sort. Whether that is playing a sport recreationally or being super competitive, everyone enjoys being outside. I'd also list coffee drinking and library napping as very popular activities on campus ;)

Whether I used a private admissions counselor, and advice I received
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I used my school counselor. We met a few times with my parents and I had about 5 or more private sessions with him to check in throughout the year. We had lots of general presentations for my entire grade (66 people) that took us through the entire process. They started junior year with college tours and what to look for and...

Why I declined other schools
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I declined other schools because I realized that I had chosen a few of them for their titles. It's funny because when I first toured I thought Williams was my least favorite. But the more people I talked to and the more research I did, the more I learned it wasn't about going to an Ivy just for the sake...

How I chose schools to apply to
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I knew I wanted to ski in college so that limited my choices a lot. Secondly, I knew that the majority of colleges on the west coast didn't have the academics I was looking for. The few big universities in the east coast had ski teams that were far too competitive for me to be recruited. So I looked to...

What might make for a good “Why Us” essay topic at my school
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The Williams version of a "Why Us" supplement involved choosing a partner for an Oxford-based tutorial class. I chose someone that I didn't necessarily know a ton about. He just seemed really interesting and I wanted to know more about him and how he would react in a classroom setting. I think they look for curiosity and intellectual engagement. You...

How to approach transferring schools
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I have not had experience with transferring schools. Though I do know a few friends who decided to transfer after their first year at their school. Here is some of their advice: Give yourself time. You never know if the reason you don't like the school is because you actually don't like it or you just haven't given yourself enough...

What set me apart from other applicants
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I think the only thing that set me apart from other applicants was simply that I had a lot of diversity in my application. I didn't have a ton of scattered activities, but I still had a decent amount of things I was very committed to.

Post-college plans
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I hope to take one or two years to work and volunteer and then apply to med school. Ideally I'd apply to a dual MD/PhD program but I am not sure if I am qualified enough.

Additional material sent in after waitlisted or deferred
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I did not choose to pursue any of my waitlisted schools.