College Admissions Info

University of Southern California, ‘20
BS, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Profile Overview

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

Student Background

USC Class of 2020, Biochemistry pre-med
From: Buffalo , New York
Gender: Male
Race/Ethnicity: Asian, Hispanic
Applied To: 9 schools
Accepted At: USC, UCLA, NYU, Alabama, Penn State, Binghamton, Case, Ohio State, Syracuse
Denied At:
Waitlisted At:
Withdrew From:
Is English First Language: Yes

Test Scores

Converted SAT Score: 1490
Highest SAT: 2140
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High School Performance

GPA, Weighted
Top 1%
High School Type: Public
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Academic Performance in High School: Steady

Extracurriculars & Awards

Sports: Lacrosse
Extracurricular Activities: Boy/Girl Scouts, Science Club/Team, Model Congress / Model UN, Quiz Bowl/Academic Bowl, Key Club
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College Application Essays

Personal Statement: Family background
633 Words
Contrary to popular belief, at least to most adults, a nerd is not necessarily a smart person. They can be any person who is anti-social and happens to like video games, Star Wars, or comic books, but to many people, intelligence is the key indicator that a person is a nerd. Up until ninth grade, I would have been the quintessence of this demographic. My parents grew up as poor farmers in Trinidad and Tobago. They pushed me to succeed...

Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
387 Words
Diversity is one of the words that best describes me, my ethnicity, cultural practices, and religious observances. I am first generation American born to parents of mixed ancestries and cultures who migrated to the US from Trinidad and Tobago in search of a better life. My parents have made the best that opportunities had to offer and we have moved from Delaware to Pennsylvania and finally to the state of New York. A suburb of Buffalo, my current town of...

Supplemental Essay: Issue of personal significance
236 Words
There are very few extracurricular activities that youth can participate in that are quite as remarkable as the Boy Scouts of America. I took advantage of all that it offered, and I cannot say that I could have received a similar education and gathered similar experiences in any other extracurricular activity. In order to receive the Eagle Scout award, which I achieved in 2012, I had to earn numerous merit badges certifying that I had completed training in various fields including...

Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
555 Words
The continuous evolution of technology is resulting in a revolution of values including the definition of privacy and what it means to generations caught in the before and after of technology milestones. The circle within which my parents, who are in their 50’s, would share their intimate moments is much smaller than my cousins who are in their 30’s, and minute compared to my circle. How my parents view privacy is different to the ways privacy is viewed by the...

Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
493 Words
On a personal note, my family background is diverse both in race and culture. My parents and grandparents are of mixed races and our cultural activities are a blend of a few cultures, including East Indian, Hispanic, and English, and African. My parents grew up in Trinidad and Tobago and migrated to the U.S.A. before I was born. They still maintain many of the customs, religious and cultural, while adapting and assimilating the into the America way of...

Additional Essay Details:
104 Words
For those of you applying to the University of Southern California, they will ask you a series of one-word or short sentence answer questions. Try to be funny and creative with these, they really like that. When they ask something like ,"What is your favorite book?," don't answer with some scientific or sophisticated book to make yourself sound smart, unless you are truly passionate about it and your essays reflect that. USC has a very holistic admissions process and they...

College Admissions Advice

List of schools I interviewed with and my interview experience
69 Words
I interviewed with Penn State and USC for scholarships. I thought the one with Penn State went extremely well, however I...

How to increase chances at my school
110 Words
USC's admissions is very holistic. You do not need a 2100+ SAT and a 4.0 to get in. If your scores are in the 1800s or you have a 3.5 you still have a chance to...

My advice about getting recommenders
19 Words
Aside from teachers, get a coach...

What might make for a good “Why Us” essay topic at my school
13 Words
For schools like NYU,...

What set me apart from other applicants
40 Words
I honestly believe that by Eagle Scout set me apart. If any...