College Admissions Info

lmelcher
lmelcher
Columbia University ‘20
BA, Art History

Profile Overview

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

Student Background

Hey! I'm a John Jay Scholar at Columbia, and I'm from Los Angeles. I'm planning to major in Art History and do ballet and theater. Hope I can help!
From: Los Angeles , California
Gender: Female
Race/Ethnicity: White Non-Hispanic
Legacy: No
Admission: Regular Decision
Applied To: 15+ schools
Accepted At: Columbia, Brown, UPenn, Rice, UC Berkeley, UCLA, UVA, UC Davis, UCSD, UCSC, USC
Denied At:
Waitlisted At:
Withdrew From:
Is English First Language: Yes
Other Language(s) Spoken: French, Spanish, Mandarin, Arabic

Test Scores

2310
SAT
Highest SAT: 2310
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High School Performance

4.50
GPA
Top 1%
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High School Type: Other Private
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Academic Performance in High School: Steady
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Extracurriculars & Awards

Extracurricular Activities: Debate Club/Team, Dance
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College Application Essays

Some children are afraid of monsters under their beds. I wasn't one of those children. Instead, Osama Bin Laden hid in my hamper and Hitler crouched in the back of my closet. I'd stay up late into the night concocting elaborate escape plans for any and all situations: house fires, home invasions, confrontations with costumed characters at Disneyland (who were obviously potential kidnappers attempting to trick less vigilant children). I was scared of many, many things, but more than anything...









Supplemental Essay: Issue of personal significance
150 Words
It seemed unlikely I'd ever be one of the national circuit's top Lincoln-Douglas debaters, let alone the top-ranked girl in my grade, when I first joined the debate team. At my first tournament I lost as many rounds as I won — a record that didn't exactly scream "debate prodigy." But this summer, I was one of twelve debaters selected for the elite "Top Lab" at the Victory Briefs Institute. By October, I had qualified for the Tournament of Champions, finished...



Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
294 Words
When I visited Columbia's campus last summer, I had the best chocolate pastry of my life at a nearby restaurant. But that is not the only reason I want to go to Columbia. The Columbia students I met were extremely enthusiastic about the Core Curriculum, and I can certainly see why. Not only do the Core classes provide every student with the opportunity to study classic works of literature and art, they also bring the students together and enable them...





Supplemental Essay: Issue of personal significance
300 Words
My interest in studying the humanities at Columbia is rooted in a desire to examine all facets of the human experience — from language to philosophy to art — looking specifically at which elements of that experience are universal. In particular, I intend to focus on Art History, Philosophy, Linguistics, and East Asian Languages and Culture. Any serious student of Art History is aware that Columbia's Department of Art History and Archaeology is the best in the nation, and I can think...





Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
99 Words
That's easy. Because of the people. The "New Curriculum" attracts students with eclectic tastes and gives them the freedom to follow their academic interests wherever they lead. Look at my own family: my dad studied Swedish, Japanese, Jazz, and Geology. My mom wrote her honors thesis about ancient mystery religions. I've met so many fascinating Brown students and alums over the years — people unafraid to follow their passions. If I am fortunate enough to join the class of 2020, I will...



Supplemental Essay: Diversity statement
100 Words
The student body at my 110-year-old all-girls school in a gritty part of Hollywood provides a snapshot of LA that is far more genuine than the stereotype Alicia Silverstone made famous. The "real" LA isn't about movie lots, manicured lawns, and Beverly Hills boutiques. At Immaculate Heart, my classmates come from all over the city and their parents come from all over the world. Some speak a language other than English at home. Some will be the first in their...



Supplemental Essay: Issue of personal significance
99 Words
Burbank, California — where I grew up — is the sort of small town where my brother's Little League All-Star game makes the front page of the local paper, but for most of my life I've ventured outside its comfortable confines. I take the subway downtown for ballet every day, and use it to explore Los Angeles - wandering around Little Tokyo, scouring the shelves at the Last Bookstore, checking out The Aquadolls at the Echoplex, or taking in some Rothko at...



Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
533 Words
My interest in studying the liberal arts at Penn is rooted in a desire to examine all facets of the human experience — from language to philosophy to art — looking specifically at which elements of that experience are universal. In particular, I intend to focus on Linguistics, Art History, Philosophy, and East Asian Languages and Culture. Penn's multi-disciplinary approach to learning is especially appealing to me, given the diversity of my interests. No matter which professional path I eventually pursue, a...









Supplemental Essay: Amusing anecdote
549 Words
There’s this electrical box on the sidewalk outside the Colburn School. I suppose I’ve been passing it for years on my walk from ballet class to the subway, but I noticed it for the first time a few weeks ago, after an anonymous painter decided to make it his canvas. The resulting painting looked a lot like a Gerhard Richter I saw once at MOMA. I briefly reveled in the irony of the fact that this work of...









Supplemental Essay: Strong beliefs/principles
657 Words
"It is a narrow mind which cannot look at a subject from various points of view." Middlemarch by George Eliot When it comes to gun control, some people argue that banning guns is the best way to prevent mass shootings and combat domestic violence. And I can see their point. Others insist that gun laws are unfair since they are enforced arbitrarily, leading to the discriminatory conviction of minorities. After all, the first gun laws in the U.S. were...









Additional Essay Details:
84 Words
I think the most important part of the application is the "Why [insert school here]" essay. Read up on each college and point out individual programs that pertain to your interests. You want to convince the school that you would mesh perfectly with its student body and take advantage of all the opportunities available there. These days, being smart isn't enough. You have to "match" with the school in terms of your personality and interests. So be sure to do...



College Admissions Advice

Why I ultimately chose my school
109 Words
I chose Columbia primarily because of its location in NYC. I've always been a city girl and I love that I don't have to sacrifice culture as I might have to in a typical college town. I'm also very excited because the location affords Columbia students so many internship opportunities (like jobs at the UN or on Wall Street), so...



What might make for a good “Why Us” essay topic at my school
130 Words
To get into Columbia, you should present yourself as very cultured. They specifically ask what kind of books you've read and what kinds of lectures, shows, and exhibits you've gone to. Of course, be truthful, but you also want to show that you're intellectually curious and fascinated by the human experience. Talk about art that you love, dance performances that...



My advice about getting recommenders
155 Words
My greatest piece of advice for getting recommenders is to pick two or three classes and just really go above and beyond for those teachers. Stay after class and talk to them about current events in their subject. Talk to them after tests to go over how you could have done better (even if you already got an A). When...



What I’d change about my application process
122 Words
If I could change my application process, I wouldn't have submitted the same essay to multiple schools. I wrote one essay that I thought was great, and sent it to three schools... and got rejected from all three of them. It could be a coincidence -- or it could have been the essay. It's definitely tempting to reuse essays, but...



Whether I used a private admissions counselor, and advice I received
50 Words
I didn't hire a private counselor, but I have lots of friends who did. If hiring a counselor is a financial concern for you, then I would say absolutely go without one. Have a friend whom you trust and who is a good writer to edit your essays for you.

List of schools I interviewed with and my interview experience
299 Words
I interviewed for: Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Brown, Penn, Dartmouth, the Berkeley Regents Scholarship, and the USC Trustee Scholarship. Harvard, Yale, and Princeton: Amazing interviews. Each was about 40 minutes long. There were no hardball questions in any of them. They would basically ask me about myself and why i wanted to go to their school. At the end, each of them...





What set me apart from other applicants
80 Words
I actually got a personal note from my admissions officer about why he accepted me (likely letter perks). He said it was because I had so much potential in so many different areas. My interests range from ballet to philosophy to linguistics to computer science. He felt that Columbia could give me everything I need no matter which combination of...



Recommended summer activities during high school and college
111 Words
Apply to as many programs as possible!! You'd be surprised how many organizations will pay for you to learn a language or skill. To start, look into programs like Startalk, the Confucius Institute, LEAD Computer Science, and Telluride (I didn't go to this one, but I hear it's great). Another great option is to get an internship. Reach out to...



Post-college plans
45 Words
After college, I'm planning to work for a few years to make enough money to put myself through law school. I want to be the editor of a law review and work as a clerk to a Supreme Court justice before going into corporate law.