B.S., Mathematics
I love both the *Left & Right* side of my brain; enjoy dance, art, and creativity, but also math, statistics, and data science. Harvard '21 / Gap year in Poland (Mother Country) :)
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Hometown Greenbrae, California
EthnicityWhite Non-Hispanic
Class of2021
First Gen College StudentNo

Results, Essays, and Advice

Waitlisted or Withdrew
  • Harvard University (Cambridge, MA)
  • Yale University (New Haven, CT)
  • Princeton University (Princeton, NJ)
  • Duke University (Durham, NC)
  • University of California - Berkeley (Berkeley, CA)
  • University of California - Los Angeles (Los Angeles, CA)
  • University of Notre Dame (Notre Dame, IN)
  • Pomona College (Claremont, CA)
  • California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo (San Luis Obispo, CA)
  • University of Southern California (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Stanford University (Stanford, CA)
  • Columbia University (New York, NY)
  • Brown University (Providence, RI)
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Harvard University (Cambridge, MA)

Applied for a B.S. in Mathematics

Accepted and Enrolled Legacy: No

School Specific Essays

When I was young, I would spend hours with my pencils drawing detailed portraits of famous people like Abraham Lincoln and Alfred Hitchcock. Alone in my room, the peace that came with my silent drawing was an escape from a challenging home life. I was born to Polish immigrant parents. My father began drinking heavily when I was very young and by the age of six, my parents separated and my father fled the United States. Quiet activities like drawing...
Supplemental Essay: Amusing anecdote
334 Words
I am standing on the top of the bleachers. The other dancers are on the gym’s floor, waiting for the music to start. The audience is screaming with anticipation. After months of preparation, I am about to perform the dance routine that I had choreographed in front of my entire school. All I can feel is nervous energy. The audio track starts, the dancers move, and finally I am dancing, free and uninhibited, barely hearing the music over the...
Supplemental Essay: Issue of personal significance
481 Words
In my early childhood, traditional books line the apartment walls and classical music plays in the background. My father entertains me with his small little drawings. We sit on the floor, as my mother sets out podwieczorek ("afternoon tea"), delicately laying out the china on the table, serving herbatka ("tea") and cake. So was my early happy, vibrant and cultural upbringing. This quaint early memory is in contrast to a few years' later when things fell apart. My parents were...

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General Admissions Advice

What set me apart from other applicants
724 Words
After college application season was finally over, and I had decided (after much deliberation) between Harvard, Princeton, and Yale (three of my long-time dream schools), I was able to look back on the whole college process with a clear mind. What this ultimately lead to was me seriously questioning how the things I did in high school and my college applications equated to such success. Here's what I think set me apart from other applicants: Being authentic and passionate! Reflecting back, these two things were the overarching themes of my journey to getting into college, and were equally as important. ...
List of schools I interviewed with and my interview experience
200 Words
I interviewed for Harvard, Princeton, Yale, Brown, Columbia, and University of Pennsylvania. I interviewed for Princeton and Brown in my local coffee shop, interviewed for U Penn in the lobby of a local hotel, interviewed for Harvard in a local office building, interviewed for Columbia in an office building in the nearest big city (San Francisco), and interviewed for...
What I’d change about my application process
185 Words
I tried to apply too early by participating in early decision. If you are feeling stressed out/not your best self/uncomfortable about applying early, I would recommend not doing it. I felt all these things, and had 0 success with my early decision ventures. Looking back, I should have realized that I was not...
My advice about getting recommenders
126 Words
For recommenders, start early. As soon as possible, identify persons who are the closest related to your academic interests and/or who know you the best. The best recommenders are teachers/school staff/coaches/others who you...
Why I ultimately chose my school
356 Words
After my college acceptances came back, it was clear that I had to choose between the top 3 schools I had gotten into: Harvard, Princeton, and Yale (I might have considered a competitive local school from my state [CA] if they provided better financial offers, but Harvard, Princeton, and Yale all gave me the best financial aid I was offered). Between these 3 schools, their academics and resources all are very similar and only fluctuate slightly at least in my eyes (Harvard, Princeton, and Yale generally fluctuate around the top 10's of most "Best Universities" lists around on the internet in numerous...

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Converted SAT Score1550
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Details5 classes and scores


SportsTennis, Soccer


ActivitiesBoy/Girl Scouts, Community Cleanup / Service, Dance, Math Team, National Honor Society, Student Council / Government, Tutoring/Mentoring

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