USC ‘20
B.S., Geology and Earth Science
I was a straight A student that got into one of the top 25 universities in the US, and also got into several other top notch universities. I was homeschooled, active in many clubs and sports, and volunteered more than 500 hours.
Features Included


Hometown Gainesville, Florida
EthnicityWhite Non-Hispanic
AdmissionRegular Decision
English First Language Yes
Other Language(s) Spoken Spanish

Results, Essays, and Advice

Waitlisted or Withdrew
  • University of Southern California (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Cornell University (Ithaca, NY)
  • Dartmouth College (Hanover, NH)
  • Emory University (Atlanta, GA)
  • Harvard University (Cambridge, MA)
  • Northwestern University (Evanston, IL)
  • Princeton University (Princeton, NJ)
  • Rice University (Houston, TX)
  • Stanford University (Stanford, CA)
  • University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA)
  • Washington University in St. Louis (St. Louis, MO)
  • University of Iowa (Iowa City, IA)
  • University of California - Berkeley (Berkeley, CA)
  • University of California - Los Angeles (Los Angeles, CA)
  • University of Texas - Austin (Austin, TX)
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University of Southern California (Los Angeles, CA)

Applied for a B.S. in Geology and Earth Science

Accepted and Enrolled Legacy: No

School Specific Essays

School Specific Advice

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Personal Statement
276 Words
Issue of personal significance
I'm a dreamer. It's who I am. It keeps me going. It drives me and it makes me work harder. It feeds my inspiration, keeps me young at heart, and wise of head. It makes me never give up on my work or ideas. It has kept me sane and focused, knowing that one day I'll be in a secure place. Being a dreamer can be hard. Your friends tell you that the world isn't the shiny place you see...
Supplemental Essay Unique question posed by school
159 Words
(Describe an activity dear to you and say why) Probably my favorite activity that I have participated in has been cheer. Even though I have done gymnastics almost my whole life, I had never seriously taken a look at cheerleading, expecting it to be a silly pom-pom sport used to archaically cheer boys on. I was so wrong. After moving yet again and finding there were no gymnastics places around, I reluctantly tried competitive cheerleading. I ended up loving it,...
Supplemental Essay “Why us” school essay
249 Words
As we're driving home from a USC info session, I am writing this essay with my love for your university fresh in my mind. Just from your website I found USC interesting, but it was not until I visited the campus that I fell completely in love with your university. My educational plans consist of getting my BArch, before possibly heading on to get my MArch. But it is not my education plans that makes USC my perfect fit, but...
Supplemental Essay Unique question posed by school
263 Words
(Describe a time you had to colab with another student not of your background) Team work is one of the most important things in any setting. If you have a group of intelligent students, but discontent within their ranks, barely anything will get done. But with the right tweaks, an odd pairing can go further than any one student can by themselves. I found this out firsthand over the summer. I had the opportunity to intern at the University of...
Supplemental Essay Unique question posed by school
232 Words
(Favorite website and why?) Honestly, my favorite online destination isn't some super genius website. It's not a business minded forum, or electronics focused YouTube channel. That'd probably make it easier to explain. Nope, my favorite online destination is Used to share images and funnies, imgur is one of my favorite websites. I love it because from one image to the next it can change from lighthearted and funny, to sad and disheartening. It also is a huge...
Additional Essay Details
49 Words
My main essay was not as strong as it could have been. Although it did get me into an amazing university, I do wish I'd taken the time to write a deeper essay. I'm not used to opening up, so I didn't but I would suggest y'all dig deep.

General Admissions Advice

5 adjectives that describe a typical student at my school (Feel free to elaborate!)
39 Words
Smart, silly (95% of the people going to USC are able to take...
Most popular extracurricular activities at my college
32 Words
I'm going to a really rich college, to be honest,...
What I’d change about my application process
56 Words
I would've written a deeper essay. I truly regret that I wrote a silly, light hearted essay,...
Recommended summer activities during high school and college
55 Words
Depends on your financials, honestly. I have to be working this summer to save money for college,...
Why I declined other schools
28 Words
For U of I and U of A,...

High School Performance

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Top 1%
High School TypeOther Private
College Classes In High School
Academic Performance in High School Steady

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Converted SAT Score1470
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SportsCheer/Spirit Squad, Gymnastics, Dance


Activities4-H, American Red Cross, Choir, Church, Library Volunteer, National Honor Society
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Experience & Awards

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