theginger
theginger,
Harvard ‘21
B.A., Psychology
Hi! I'm a prospective Neuroscience and Religion double major. I love to sing, run, and help others.
Features Included
8
Essays
13
Schools
5
Scores
7
Advice
3
ECs
1
Sports

Background

Hometown Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
GenderFemale
EthnicityWhite Non-Hispanic
First Gen College StudentNo

Results, Essays, and Advice

Accepted
Waitlisted or Withdrew
Denied
  • Harvard University (Cambridge, MA)
  • Yale University (New Haven, CT)
  • Brown University (Providence, RI)
  • University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA)
  • Princeton University (Princeton, NJ)
  • Columbia University (New York, NY)
  • Bowdoin College (Brunswick, ME)
  • Amherst College (Amherst, MA)
  • Tufts University (Medford, MA)
  • Wesleyan University (Middletown, CT)
  • Georgetown University (Washington, DC)
  • Boston College (Chestnut Hill, MA)
  • Swarthmore College (Swarthmore, PA)
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Harvard University (Cambridge, MA)

Applied for a B.A. in Psychology

Accepted and Enrolled Legacy: Parent

School Specific Essays

I’m not the best singer. I stumble while sight reading and gasp for air in the middle of tied notes. My intonation is rarely accurate, and I can never detect a key change. Yet every day, my voice echoes throughout the church hall, the rooms of my home, and the school basement that we call a chorus room. I could have abandoned this hobby like I abandoned ballet at age five and soccer at age seven, accepting that it...
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Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
630 Words
The mission of Harvard College is to educate our students to be citizens and citizen-leaders for society. What would you do to contribute to the lives of your classmates in advancing this mission? People fascinate me. As a kid, I spent hours at my father’s psychiatric office exploring the quirks of the human mind. I would curl up on the worn leather couch and listen attentively as he explained autism and other psychiatric conditions. When it was time for...
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Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
184 Words
(I sent variations of this essay to many of the schools that I applied to). Why are you drawn to the area(s) of study you indicated? People fascinate me. As a kid, I spent hours at my father’s psychiatric office exploring the quirks of the human mind. I would curl up on the couch and listen attentively as he explained autism. Before I left, I would often sneak items off of his bookshelf. I explored the physiological functions...
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Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
273 Words
What makes you happy? Her face appears on my computer screen, illuminated with a smile that transports me 3,627 miles. “Ma cocotte! I miss you!” We squeal and exchange bisous. It’s Sunday afternoon in Philly, Sunday evening in Sablé-sur-Sarthe, and Bérénice and I are having our weekly Skype. I cherish these moments with my best friend. When we set aside a few minutes together each week, it’s easy to forget that we have not seen each...
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Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
217 Words
Tell us about a community to which you belong and the footprint you have left. When I committed to running a marathon, I became immersed in the vibrant community of long-distance runners. I connected with them on running blogs, at the race expo, and at mile 18. I have learned that, for many of these people, running is a refuge from stress or sadness. For others, it's a way to take care of their bodies and test their limits. They do...
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Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
631 Words
People fascinate me. As a kid, I spent hours at my father’s psychiatric office exploring the quirks of the human mind. I would curl up on the couch and listen attentively as he explained autism and other psychiatric conditions. Before I left I would often sneak items off of his bookshelf. I explored the neuropsychological functions of the mind as I perused This is Your Brain on Music and grappled with the fatality of eating disorders as I read...
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Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
150 Words
I am drawn to Brown by the Swearer Center, an institution that allows students to integrate academics with public service. I imagine myself taking courses such as Anthropology of Homelessness that feature traditional coursework and experiential work. As a member of this class, I would spend two hours per week volunteering with the homeless population in Providence, examining first-hand a societal concern that has haunted me since childhood. Brown’s progressive curriculum would allow me to pursue community-based learning unlike...
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Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
105 Words
I thrive off of community engagement, and Yale’s integration with New Haven excites me. I imagine myself participating in the FOCUS program, exploring the city and becoming involved with local non-profits. I would also seek out the opportunity to work with the School of Public Health’s CARE program, performing research to find solutions to New Haven’s health needs. These programs are products of Yale’s mission to improve the world, a goal that shapes the student experience....
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School Specific Advice

Why I ultimately chose my school
332 Words
Harvard is a wonderful school, and after visiting in the spring of my junior year, I decided that it was my first choice. I was in love with the residential house system, which creates smaller communities within the Harvard. I also loved the location within Cambridge. Boston is one of my favorite places, and I also have many family members in the Massachusetts area. I was comforted by the idea that I would have the close by if I needed some familial love. I also did research into some of the extracurricular activities offered, and they seemed right up my...
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How I chose schools to apply to
204 Words
I created an initial list by completing a "College Match" search on Naviance, the website that my school uses for college counseling. I narrowed down my list and added new schools over the following months given the following considerations. Many people will advise you to consider size when considering what schools to apply to. This was difficult for me,...
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List of schools I interviewed with and my interview experience
214 Words
I interviewed with alumnae for Georgetown, Harvard, Princeton, Yale, Brown, Penn, and Columbia. These interviews were conducted at local coffee shops and were very laid back. Because I am a girl, I have only female interviews. They asked questions like: What do you do in your spare time? What do you think about your current high school? How would you describe yourself?...
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More Essays

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General Admissions Advice

What I’d change about my application process
148 Words
If I were to start the application process again, I would limit my visits to CollegeConfidential.com. Though this website was helpful at times, it also provided me with a lot of stress. I ended up comparing myself with other people on the site,...
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What set me apart from other applicants
199 Words
When I began the college process, I read an article that claimed you needed a "spike" to get into college. A "spike" is demonstrated commitment and success in one field. Some of the girls I know got into school with a "spike." For example, my one friend is dedicated to feminism and politics, and she demonstrated this throughout...
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Whether I took out loans or applied for scholarships, and my advice
229 Words
I had an unusual application process compared to many of my friends. Most of them applied to their top choice schools Early Action/Decision, and were either differed, accepted, or denied. I did not apply to my first choice school (Harvard). Rather, I applied to Boston College. I applied to Boston College because the early application made me eligible for the Gabelli Presidential Scholarship, a full-ride with many...
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Post-college plans
122 Words
I'm not certain what I will be doing after college, as I have a variety of interests and passions. For many years, I was certain that I would go to medical school and become a...
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High School Performance

Weighted GPA
4.35
 
Rank
Top 1%
 
Academic Performance in High School Steady

Test Scores

Highest SAT
2330
 
SAT Score Details
 
Converted SAT Score1570
Other SAT Scores
SAT Prep
SAT IIs

AP / IB Classes and Scores

Details1 classes and scores

Sports

SportsCross Country (Recruited)

Extracurriculars

ActivitiesRotary Club, School Choir, Church
Elaborate on Extracurriculars or Work

Experience & Awards

Volunteer Experiences
Awards Received

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