karinamartinez
karinamartinez,
NYU ‘21
B.A., English
Dramatic Lit major, minors in Environmental Science and Child/Adolescent Mental Health Studies.
Features Included
8
Essays
13
Schools
11
Scores
18
Advice
5
ECs
1
Sports

Background

Hometown Miami, Florida
GenderFemale
EthnicityPrefer Not to Share
First Gen College StudentYes

Results, Essays, and Advice

Accepted
Waitlisted or Withdrew
Denied
  • New York University (New York, NY)
  • University of Vermont (Burlington, VT)
  • Tulane University (New Orleans, LA)
  • Susquehanna University (Selinsgrove, PA)
  • Wesleyan University (Middletown, CT)
  • Skidmore College (Saratoga Springs, NY)
  • University of Miami (Coral Gables, FL)
  • Middlebury College (Middlebury, VT)
  • Tufts University (Medford, MA)
  • Barnard College (New York, NY)
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New York University (New York, NY)

Applied for a B.A. in English

Accepted and Enrolled Legacy: No

School Specific Essays

I have had many experiences that have shaped who I am today. From being born in Russia and adopted by Mexican-American parents to having developmental delays and working hard to overcome them, my past has molded me. What is unique about me is my path to knowledge. Growing up, the things I enjoyed most were often intangible; stories, ideas, and characters drew me into the most enthralling worlds and experiences. From The Color Purple, to How to Survive a Garden...
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Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
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Working as the editor of my school’s newspaper, I discovered my passion for taking an author’s work from an initial draft to a tailored message able to effectively reach target audiences. In the future, I dream of being at the forefront of these messages through a career in publishing, and this aspiration led me to NYU. In order to best prepare for my future career in mass media, I want to learn about the world around me through...
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Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
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From illuminated manuscripts to touchscreen displays, the evolution of literature – not only in subject matter, but also in format – is fascinating to me. Whether in the form of well-worn pages or e-books, the written word has shaped societies around the world throughout history. I have always loved to read, but taking an Editing and Publishing course at Yale’s Explo program, and serving as the Editor of my school’s newspaper, sparked my fascination for the skills employed to take...
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Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
810 Words
From illuminated manuscripts to touchscreen displays, the evolution of literature – not only in subject matter but also in format – is fascinating to me. Whether in the form of well-worn pages or e-books, the written word has shaped societies around the world throughout history. I have always loved to read, but taking an Editing and Publishing course at Yale’s Explo program, and serving as the Editor-in-Chief of my school’s newspaper, sparked my fascination for the skills employed to take...
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Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
103 Words
I’ve heard Tufts students described as passionate and intelligent, but what really caught my attention is the amount of people who have described Jumbos as quirky and kind. In Tufts, I found not only the unique appeal of combining a research university with the liberal arts, but also a community of students who share my interests in everything from volunteering to Urinetown. Envisioning my ideal college experience, I dream of majoring in International Literary and Visual Studies, of writing...
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Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
255 Words
There is a Quaker saying: “Let your life speak.” Describe the environment in which you were raised—your family, home, neighborhood or community—and how it influenced the person you are today. (Required length is 200-250 words)
I was born in Volgograd, Russia, where my brother and I lived until we were adopted after a year. From then on I had a new home in Volgograd’s polar opposite: Miami, Florida. Like any adopted children, we had to adjust to our lives with our new parents, but we also had to adapt to the new and intimidating world outside the tiny orphanage we came from. Because of a lack of caregivers and basic necessities in the orphanage,...
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Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
251 Words
What makes you happy?
My life has been a collection of different stories and experiences that have each somehow impacted me and influenced my perspective, but they are not my own. They are the stories I listen to when the songs of She Loves Me play on repeat, the stories I remember when I check off another day on my Playbill calendar (this month is Les Misérables), the ones that bring deep, genuine smiles to my face as I sink into a theater...
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Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
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**Take notice of how boring and generic this essay is** Use this as an example of what NOT to do. Barnard is the ideal match for me and is my first choice for college. I was intrigued by what I saw online and fell in love with Barnard when I visited spring of 2016. In fact, I was so enamored that I asked my parents to take me back again in the summer. When researching Barnard I was moved by the...
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School Specific Advice

List of schools I interviewed with and my interview experience
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I interviewed with Middlebury, Brown, Cornell, and Princeton. I am an incredibly shy person and was beyond nervous to do these interviews. I'm not good at coming up with answers on the spot and did not feel like I would do well. It turns out that the interviews were very relaxed and, if you prepare, you should be fine. I would always ask for an interview if a school provides that option: it shows a demonstrated interest. Brown was my first interview. I met up with a middle-aged woman at my local Starbucks. She was very nice and the interview...
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5 adjectives that describe a typical student at my school (Feel free to elaborate!)
5 Words
Liberal, creative,...
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How I would describe the wider community surrounding campus
153 Words
NYU is located in Greenwich Village and the campus is centered around Washington Square Park. The area immediately surrounding "campus" is pretty much NYU buildings, the park (filled with students, tourists, and performers), and restaurants and little shops. There's literally everything you could think to...
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How I would rate the career center or my advisor
191 Words
New York has sooo many possibilities for internships and jobs but it is also a very competitive city. The Wasserman Center for Career Development at NYU is fantastic. Everybody that works there is very friendly and professional. They can help you with resumes, cover letters, and your job search. They have career coaching, interview help, networking...
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My favorite course thus far, and why
294 Words
If you have the chance to take a course with Jess Shatkin, please do it. I really liked the class "The Science of Happiness" taught by Alan Schlecter and Daniel Lerner. The course material was heavily based off their book "U Thrive" and they taught us how to be happier, healthier, more productive, and how to live passionate and fulfilling lives. They are both really fun and interesting lecturers and the exercises we did for homework were pretty enjoyable. (They also threw marshmallows at the whole...
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The stress level and competitiveness of a typical student at my school
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I think this depends on what you major in. Many of the students who major in economics or some sort of science tend to take more difficult classes and are usually a bit more stressed....
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What I now know about my school that I never would have known prior to enrolling
135 Words
NYU is a huge school with a lot of students and when you first get here they really emphasize that you should "find your own community", essentially a small group of people who share your interests so you can make friends...
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How important school spirit is around athletics at my school
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It's...
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My extracurricular activities in college, and why I chose them
165 Words
I am on the executive board of CAST (College of Arts and Science Theater). It is a student-led theatre club. We put on one musical and one play every year and also old cabarets for students to perform and have recently begun holding learning workshops. We are mostly...
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What might make for a good “Why Us” essay topic at my school
122 Words
I suggest being really specific about what interests you at NYU. Do a lot of research regarding majors, clubs, classes, and special programs. I think NYU likes to hear about their global network and study abroad opportunities...
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What are opportunities unique to my school
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I don't know a good answer to this question but I wanted to mention a great thing that I was able to do at NYU because of how accommodating and helpful the people that work there are. Towards the beginning of my second year I decided that I did not want to major in English, and instead wanted to study stage management at Tisch's Production and Design studio. This would involve transferring schools from the College of Arts and Science...
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More Essays

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General Admissions Advice

What I’d change about my application process
221 Words
I applied to 20 colleges. There is no reason for anybody to do that; it's really not necessary. You should apply to maximum 10 schools. I never once thought I would apply to twenty schools but it ended up happening because I got worried and paranoid. I thought my original list was full of reach schools and started adding more safety schools. You need a good mix of...
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My advice about getting recommenders
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I'm sure you'll hear this from everybody, but ask for letters from people who know you. Make sure that you have a good relationship with your recommenders. It's always best to ask for letters from your junior year teachers and, if asking from non-teachers, people that have known you recently. You could have even gotten a B in the teacher's class but if the teacher knows that you tried hard/asked questions/participated in class/talked to him or her after class/put in effort then they will surely be willing to write you a great letter of recommendation. Make...
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Whether I used a private admissions counselor, and advice I received
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I did use a private admissions counselor. She helped me find other schools I might be interested in based on the few schools I told her I was looking...
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Whether I took out loans or applied for scholarships, and my advice
146 Words
I applied to scholarships and did not win one. I got into a second round for one scholarship but, ultimately, did not win. Apply to as many scholarships as you possibly can. Do not get lazy. Apply constantly throughout senior year from beginning to...
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How to deal with the stress of applying to college
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I think maybe different things work for different people and it sort of depends on who you are. Staying on schedule and managing your time are hands-down the best ways to manage stress. It also really helps to have a good idea of...
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Recommended summer activities during high school and college
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Do something productive. Get a job (be a waiter, receptionist, work at a bookstore, anything) get an internship (most likely something you're interested in - like what you think you'll study in college or whatever profession you might want - work in a lab, shadow someone in a...
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What I learned transitioning from high school to college
290 Words
You need to get started on your time management skills as soon as possible. It's going to be a huge stress reliever your senior year while you're applying to colleges, but it's also a fantastic skill to carry on into college and then real life. I had seven classes in total in high school. Now, each semester, I only have 4. Though my amount of classes were basically cut in half and I only have 1, 2, or 3 of them a day (with a three day weekend), I'm still...
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High School Performance

Weighted GPA
4.50
(equivalent to 4.00 unweighted)
Rank
N/A
 
College Classes In High School
Academic Performance in High School Steady

Test Scores

Highest ACT
31
 
ACT Score Details
 
Other ACT Scores
ACT Prep
Highest SAT
1360
 
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SAT IIs
PSAT Scores

AP / IB Classes and Scores

Details6 classes and scores

Sports

SportsCross Country

Extracurriculars

ActivitiesChurch, Community Cleanup / Service, Film, National Honor Society, School Newspaper/Magazine/Journalism
Elaborate on Extracurriculars or Work

Experience & Awards

Volunteer Experiences

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