College Admissions Info

University of Southern California, ‘20
BS, Chemistry

Profile Overview

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

Student Background

My name is Patrick, and I will be a freshman at the University of Southern California in the fall! I am very outgoing and have a love for helping others. Check out my Profile to really get to know me better. Fight On!
From: Verona , New Jersey
Gender: Male
Race/Ethnicity: White Non-Hispanic
Legacy: Other Family Member
Admission: Regular Decision
Applied To: 11 schools
Accepted At: Rutgers, Cal Poly, New Jersey IT, College of NJ, Lafayette, USC, GA Tech
Denied At:
Waitlisted At:
Withdrew From:
Is English First Language: Yes
Other Language(s) Spoken: Mandarin

Test Scores

Converted SAT Score: 1370
Highest SAT: 1930
Other SAT Scores:
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Highest ACT:
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High School Performance

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

Extracurriculars & Awards

Sports: Tennis, Track & Field
Extracurricular Activities: Chinese Club, Choir, Church, National Honor Society, Tutoring/Mentoring
Volunteer Experiences:
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College Application Essays

You cannot know where you are going until you know where you are coming from. I know I came from Russia, but I do not know how I came to be or how I came to be in an orphanage. Whether my biological parents did not want me or could not raise me is one of many unknowns, and my curiosity to understand these unknowns has played a big part in my life. At 18 months old, I was adopted by...

Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
287 Words
Dr. Janan Wehbeh, my high school Chemistry teacher inspired my passion for chemistry. I will never- forget her lab on the sublimation of iodine. At USC with people like Professor Olah and classes like Synthetic Organic Chemistry, I know I will be inspired to take my knowledge to the next level. I can even continue to explore the world as a chemistry major at USC and am excited for the chance to study at the University of Melbourne. At USC...

Supplemental Essay: Strong beliefs/principles
229 Words
When I am in school and around town, people usually see only one side of me, that of a studious, serious, and single-minded person. On the contrary, as a member of the First Presbyterian Church Choir, I am a musician, a singer, and a performer. As a choir member people experience my passion for entertainment, and my willingness to explore. When we have group parties, I am the first one on the dance floor and I make it my mission...

Additional Essay Details:
78 Words
All of my essays and short answers focused on my true self. I did not make up a story to please any of my schools. I highlighted my travels and my volunteer service. I made sure that all of my spelling and grammar was flawless and professional. I told my essays as of they were a story, and did not just recite facts or experiences. I also showed my transition from childhood to adulthood merely through my writing.

College Admissions Advice

What I now know about my school that I never would have known prior to enrolling
120 Words
Now that I am a member of my school, I truly realize that it is important to get involved with all things school related. Recently, I just attended an alumni event for undergrads and I got...

What I’d change about my application process
72 Words
If I could have changed a part of my application, I would have focused more on achieving higher standardized test scores such...

Why I ultimately chose my school
68 Words
I ultimately chose USC because of the Trojan Family. No other school in the country or world has the connections...

My advice about getting recommenders
75 Words
DO NOT BE AFRAID! If you are asking a teacher for a recommendation, you probably have a reason. If you explain to them...

Why I declined other schools
42 Words
I declined my other schools sole based on my financial aid offers. All...

Recommended summer activities during high school and college
74 Words
I highly recommend volunteering and traveling. Many colleges like to see students that have a world perspective, and this can only be...

Whether I used a private admissions counselor, and advice I received
160 Words
I used a private college counselor. I would recommend hiring one for anyone who has the financial means to do so. She told me the most important part of applying to college was to choose the right schools. She insisted I chose schools based on the vibe I...

List of schools I interviewed with and my interview experience
187 Words
I interview with Pomona College, USC, Lafayette College, and Rice University. I had my best interview with Pomona College, where I spoke to the interviewer for 2 hours about everything from my background to my career interests to food to politics. I thoroughly enjoyed my interview because it was a conversation and not an interview. He made...

What set me apart from other applicants
81 Words
In all reality, I do not know what set me apart. My scores were average, my GPA was average, and my grades were average....