College Admissions Info

Cornell University, ‘20
BA, Biology, Microbiology

Profile Overview

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

Student Background

I'm a future MD/PhD student who will start attending Cornell University as a Freshman in the fall. I love dancing, and hope to make Cornell's cheer squad next year. I also like helping my community, and I'm basically addicted to tea.
From: Richmond , California
Gender: Female
Race/Ethnicity: White Non-Hispanic
Applied To: 15+ schools
Accepted At: Cornell, Macalester, UC Berkeley, Holyoke, Stony Brook, UC Merced, UCSB, UCSC
Denied At:
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Withdrew From:
Is English First Language: Yes
Other Language(s) Spoken: Spanish

Test Scores

Converted SAT Score: 1510
Highest SAT: 2190
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High School Performance

GPA, Weighted
Top 10%
High School Type: Other Private
AP / IB Classes and Scores:
Academic Performance in High School: Steady

Extracurriculars & Awards

Sports: Cheer/Spirit Squad
Extracurricular Activities: Charity Drive Organizing, Dance, School Theater/Plays, Prom Committee, Student Council / Government
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College Application Essays

I first became aware of the problems with the scientific community's focus on "Western" diseases in my Spanish class when we studied the effects of actinic prurigo in rural communities throughout the Americas. Actinic prurigo is an autoimmune disease that results in painful, easily-infected skin lesions as a result of sun exposure. No cure exists for it, and current treatments are ineffective. Despite the fact that many people throughout the Americas suffer from this disease, little research is being done...

Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
653 Words
I am interested in working with the UN to give researchers in developing countries access to a uniform and politically acceptable set of translation and ethical guidelines. This ensures that work conducted in developing or recently industrialized countries will not be dismissed due to doubts about the way it was conducted or a language barrier. To accomplish my goals of bringing the international scientific community closer together, I will need to study my intellectual interests of biology, foreign languages, and...

Supplemental Essay: Diversity statement
503 Words
I am a member of the lower middle class. However, I grew up surrounded by poverty and lack of opportunity. I felt lucky to be so “rich.” The majority of my classmates received free lunches, and many had never picked up a book until Kindergarten. Some of my friends wore the same ill-fitting clothes for years. That said, I loved the diversity of my elementary school, and I loved learning about all of the interesting holidays like Ramadan and Holi...

Additional Essay Details:
31 Words
The prompt was to describe two or three of my current intellectual interests, and then explain why Cornell's College of Arts and Sciences would be a good place to pursue them.

College Admissions Advice

What I’d change about my application process
46 Words
I felt reluctant to pay for a private SAT tutor, because I felt like...

What I’d change about my application process
20 Words
I should have looked into taking...

Recommended summer activities during high school and college
88 Words
Make sure you do *something*. I took summer classes twice, and between Junior and Senior year I got a prestigious paid internship with Social Services. Not...

What set me apart from other applicants
49 Words
My high school had a pretty non-rigorous curriculum, so I took the hardest classes available...

Why I declined other schools
125 Words
In the end, it came down to Berkeley vs. Macalester vs. Cornell Berkeley would have been virtually free if I had lived at home, but I didn't want to live at home anymore. Had I lived...

Why I ultimately chose my school
72 Words
Cornell seemed like a happy medium, even though it was $5000 more expensive per year than my other options. It's big, but still...

Post-college plans
17 Words
I want to obtain an...

How I chose schools to apply to
27 Words
To be honest, I went almost entirely by...

What I like about my school’s location and culture
129 Words
Ithaca is just chill. It's not dingy and dirty like Berkeley is, and I would feel safer walking around by myself than I would in Berkeley. Not that Berkeley is super dangerous, but you do hear about muggings...

Reaching out to professors and coaches at schools I applied to
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I e-mailed Brown's cheer coach...

How to increase chances at my school
98 Words
Cornell is huge on its motto of "any person, any study." It loves to increase diversity in any way possible, both through offering a diverse array of classes and...

What might make for a good “Why Us” essay topic at my school
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Make sure you talk about...