College Admissions Info

University of Southern California, ‘20
BA, International Relations

Profile Overview

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

Student Background

I'm a guy who wasn't spectacular in high school, but just struck all the right chords to succeed.
From: Chagrin Falls , Ohio
Gender: Male
Race/Ethnicity: Hispanic, White Non-Hispanic
Accepted At: UVM, Ohio State, DePaul, WashU
Denied At:
Waitlisted At:
Withdrew From:

Test Scores

Converted SAT Score: 1510
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High School Performance

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Academic Performance in High School: Some good some bad
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Extracurriculars & Awards

Sports: Cross Country, Swimming/Diving
Extracurricular Activities: School Theater/Plays, Choir, Choir, Student Council / Government, Marching Band, Political Campaign
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College Application Essays

Personal Statement for USC, UVM, Ohio State, DePaul, WashU, Georgetown, Columbia: Challenged a belief, Diversity statement, Failure experience, Leadership experience, Story central to identity
656 Words
The Team-Player This world has more leaders than it calls for. My peers seek the grandiose headings like president, secretary, and just about any often meaningless title people tag onto their resumes; they forget what it means to serve the greater good, without a name that highlights their “superior” devotion. I, on the other hand, am a “team player” in every connotation of the phrase. Finishing my third year of band, I felt obligated to tryout for field commander, knowing...

Supplemental Essay for USC: “Why us” school essay
244 Words
My rising awareness of the pressing issues on our society inspires my designation as a international relations major. Simple as that. On the other hand, my identity as an artist results from my passion for exploring the world and interpreting it on my own. In this sense, the two seemingly divergent pursuits actually converge, giving me hope that I can integrate both interests in my future. While I searched for a reason to pinpoint my attraction to USC, the university...

Supplemental Essay for Georgetown: “Why us” school essay
500 Words
From the second I stepped foot into the Georgetown area, I was fascinated with the vibrance of the town. When I stepped foot on campus, I fell in love. While the gothic image of Healy Hall against the grey sky filled me with austere wonder, I cannot say my application is prompted by the sheer beauty of the campus --- in fact, my attraction to Georgetown results from a multitude of contrasts. For example, I value the solid Jesuit traditions...

Supplemental Essay for Columbia: “Why us” school essay
301 Words
My father proposed to my mother a stone’s throw away from Columbia. Twenty years later, I walked past that brownstone on the way to my first formal college visit. From the second I stepped foot on campus on that brisk October day, the teal roofs and trademark libraries filled me with awe. Yet what secured my passion for the university was its use of the city to transform a liberal arts education into a plan for the future. With...

Supplemental Essay for USC, Georgetown, Columbia: Unique question posed by school
288 Words
Briefly describe a non-academic pursuit (such as service to community or family, a club or sport, or work, etc.,) that best illustrates who you are, and why it is important to you. (250 word limit) The oboe is the bane of my existence. In sixth grade, I decided that in order to further distinguish myself, I had to play one of the strangest instruments that existed. I admired the oboe’s tone quality and sought to play the best I could,...

College Admissions Advice

How I chose schools to apply to
155 Words
I knew that it would be smart to include schools that didn't have low admissions rates, like Vermont, for a sense of security. I wanted some schools in the middle also, like DePaul and OSU, in which I knew I had a fair chance of admission. The...

My advice about getting recommenders
74 Words
Your recommenders don't necessarily have to be from the teachers who taught the classes in which you performed best. They should just...

What I’d change about my application process
166 Words
I am thrilled with where I ended up, no doubt, but my main regret is honestly not widening my search. I knew a lot about a lot of different schools, but at the end of the day, I was ruling out schools that I just didn't think I could afford...

What set me apart from other applicants
97 Words
I think in the end what helped me get into the schools that I didn't think I really had a good chance of getting into was the sheer honesty...