College Admissions Info

clovescirrus
clovescirrus
Princeton University ‘20
BA, English, Creative Writing, Literature, Voice and Opera, Spanish Language and Literature, Music

Profile Overview

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

Student Background

Princeton class of 2020, choir nerd, lover of language. Writing is my favorite thing to do, and I'd love to help you brainstorm/write/revise.
From: Ellicott City , Maryland
Gender: Female
Race/Ethnicity: Prefer Not to Share
Legacy: No
Admission: Regular Decision
Applied To: 15+ schools
Accepted At: Dartmouth, Rice, Johns Hopkins, UVA, UMD, CMU, Vanderbilt
Denied At:
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Is English First Language: No
Other Language(s) Spoken: Spanish

Test Scores

2400
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High School Performance

3.82
GPA
Top 5%
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High School Type: Public
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Academic Performance in High School: Low at first but improved
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Extracurriculars & Awards

Extracurricular Activities: Choir, National Honor Society, School Choir, School theater/plays
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College Application Essays

Common App Describe a problem you've solved or a problem you'd like to solve. It can be an intellectual challenge, a research query, an ethical dilemma-anything that is of personal importance, no matter the scale. Explain its significance to you and what steps you took or could be taken to identify a solution. 250-650 words. When I was five and three quarters, my class was planning a potluck. So I went home and pointed to the blue-green can on the...











Supplemental Essay: Amusing anecdote
284 Words
We are a community with quirks, both in language and in traditions. Describe one of your quirks and why it is part of who you are. (250 words) Imagine you are about to give a speech in front of your club, perform a song in front of a full auditorium, or present your project to a panel of judges. It's half an hour before you are put in the spotlight: what would you do? While many people proudly boast pre-game routines,...





Supplemental Essay: Issue of personal significance
259 Words
What matters to you, and why? (250 words max) My acquaintance with voice began in sixth grade, when I chose to take chorus rather than an extra semester of PE. Rather than just facilitate a sing-along, our director molded our voices into uniform vowels and our lines into dynamically diverse phrases. Around Christmas, she lined us up in white shirts and black skirts, and I learned what it was like to perform music, not just recite lyrics. I had never experienced...





Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
276 Words
What work of art, music, science, mathematics, or literature has surprised, unsettled, or challenged you, and in what way? "Think of Me," Phantom of the Opera, June 2010, Broadway Since infancy, careers have been tossed around for me: doctor, lawyer, engineer, but as a sixth grader, all those suggestions seemed meaningless and distant. Besides, all I really cared about was the end-of-the-year choir field trip to New York City. On the bus ride there, I promptly ruined my thin party dress,...





Supplemental Essay: Issue of personal significance
564 Words
Everyone belongs to many different communities and/or groups defined by (among other things) shared geography, religion, ethnicity, income, cuisine, interest, race, ideology, or intellectual heritage. Choose one of the communities to which you belong, and describe that community and your place within it. (250 words) Fourth grade. The wallflower of the classroom, I had been sitting in silence for hours trying to concentrate on the lecturing homeroom teacher at the front. Suddenly, round curls swung through the classroom door. In...









Supplemental Essay: Other
66 Words
I am a writer by heart and wrote these college essays the only way I could: with honesty first. Most of my essays were about choir and my love of singing, which may seem a odd choice for someone applying as an English major. But colleges know that you're most likely going to change your major anyway, so they're just looking for overall passion and drive.

College Admissions Advice

Whether I used a private admissions counselor, and advice I received
40 Words
I went to a private admissions counselor twice, for a couple hours each time. Looking back, I don't think it was worth it, because a friend or peer could easily provide the same advice of a second pair of eyes.

Most popular extracurricular activities at my college
53 Words
When I visited Princeton at its admitted students event in April, I was overwhelmed by the wealth of groups and clubs in every imaginable field. There were multiple a cappella groups, improv troupes, musical theater groups, political clubs, etc. No matter your level of experience or interests, you'll find something that fits you.

What I’d change about my application process
68 Words
I would have focused much less on the details on the gimmicky details--it doesn't matter whether you include extra accomplishments in your "additional info" section, it doesn't matter what order you put your extracurriculars in, it doesn't matter what kinds of books you list as your favorite. What matters is that your application as a whole is consistent and honest...

List of schools I interviewed with and my interview experience
157 Words
I did 10 interviews in total, with a couple extremely awkward ones (Carnegie Mellon, Stanford) and a couple really good ones in which I connected with the interviewer (Rice, Vanderbilt). My best advice is to not stress if it goes badly. Since I applied to Princeton early action, my Princeton interview was my very first one, and my interviewer was so...



Recommended summer activities during high school and college
114 Words
This may be an unpopular approach, but I took my summers to really just figure myself out. The last camp I attended was before freshman year, and I've never been employed or done summer community service. I never even vacationed with my family or otherwise. My greatest academic interest and what I said on my application I wanted to pursue...