College Admissions Info

University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, ‘21
BS, Statistics

Profile Overview

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

Student Background

UNC freshman interested in the intersection of data and public policy.
From: Cocoa , Florida
Gender: Male
First Gen College Student: No
Race/Ethnicity: White Non-Hispanic
Accepted At: Duke, UC Berkeley, NYU, Washington, USF, NCF
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Test Scores

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High School Performance

GPA, Weighted
Top 1%
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Academic Performance in High School: Steady

Extracurriculars & Awards

Extracurricular Activities: American Cancer Society, Beta Club, Boy/Girl Scouts, Gay/Straight Alliance, Homecoming committee, Model Congress / Model UN, National Honor Society, Prom Committee, Student Council / Government
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College Application Essays

Common App Prompt #1: Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story. Though I hesitated to come out, I was lucky that my family and closest friends met me with immediate acceptance when I did. For years it had been a delicate game of hinting. As I went longer without relationships, they said with increasing frequency things...

Supplemental Essay for Duke: “Why us” school essay
153 Words
When I visited Duke, I sat in on Professor Mike Reed’s freshman seminar class on math and physiology. I watched as the professor detailed a mathematical model of kidney function, peppering in thought-provoking (albeit slightly off-topic) questions like “What, do you think, is the surface area of your skin?” I also saw a group of students give a research presentation, sharing their knowledge with the rest of the class. For me, this experience embodies the Duke way of learning...

Supplemental Essay for UNC: Unique question posed by school
261 Words
Tell us about a small goal you hope to achieve, whether in the next 10 days, 10 months, or 10 years. Every so often, I notice that the few things I place on my desk have multiplied. The single sticky note with a reminder from last month is now a blue and yellow forest of sticky notes, thriving in its own corner of my desk, perhaps encouraged to grow by the light above it. The pen that I left out has invited its...

Supplemental Essay for UNC: Unique question posed by school
247 Words
What will be the best breakthrough—whether scientific, social, economic, or other—between now and 2025? By 2025, the government will have harnessed the power of data to inform and guide its policymaking. Businesses already rely on large amounts of quantitative data to help them make decisions that are optimal for the business as a whole. In politics, however, there is constant division, with all sides resorting to anecdotal evidence and even personal attacks to advance their own agenda. This trend is...

Supplemental Essay for NYU: “Why us” school essay
395 Words
NYU’s campus in New York City is home to the data science initiative, a set of campus-wide programs that would supplement my classes in the computer science-mathematics major. At the Center for Data Science, I hope to be able to participate in research within the unique overlap of disciplines that comprise data science. New York is an ideal place for such research because it is home to a variety of industries and companies that depend on the up and...

Supplemental Essay for UC Berkeley: Unique question posed by school
393 Words
UC Personal Insight Question: Every person has a creative side, and it can be expressed in many ways: problem solving, original and innovative thinking, and artistically, to name a few. Describe how you express your creative side. In the seventh grade, my civics teacher assigned us a simple project—to outline the workings of a new form of government. I was so fascinated that I have continued to work on this project ever since, expanding it into a vision for...

Supplemental Essay for UC Berkeley: Unique question posed by school
378 Words
UC Personal Insight Question: Describe how you have taken advantage of a significant educational opportunity or worked to overcome an educational barrier you have faced. As sixth grade was coming to an end, I heard about an accelerated program at the junior/senior high school I would be attending the next year. I completed my essay, gathered the proper recommendations, and applied with little concrete idea of what to expect—what the differences between honors, Advanced Placement and dual enrollment...

Supplemental Essay for UC Berkeley: Unique question posed by school
373 Words
UC Personal Insight Question: Describe your favorite academic subject and explain how it has influenced you. In science research (officially “experimental science”), I learned about the research process by designing and conducting projects to be entered in my regional science fair. I consider this to be my favorite subject because of the independence it promotes and the range of other skills it has helped me develop: I learned how to find and extract information from research, write objectively, and present...

Supplemental Essay for UC Berkeley: Unique question posed by school
380 Words
UC Personal Insight Question: What have you done to make your school or community a better place? In tenth grade, one of my friends wanted to start a queer-straight alliance at our school but had no idea how. We decided to work on it together since I had some experience dealing with the school’s administration. The next year, he left school. However, I still wanted to move forward with the club. I thought that I could put my existing...

College Admissions Advice

My advice about getting recommenders
98 Words
1. ASK EARLY. Your recommenders need time to write you a good letter. Do not wait until applications are almost due and everyone else is asking for a recommendation. 2. Provide...

What I’d change about my application process
95 Words
In retrospect, I think I applied to too many schools. My advice is to be realistic: If you know that a school is too far away for your comfort...

Whether I took out loans or applied for scholarships, and my advice
125 Words
In terms of scholarships: Look for local scholarships that are specific to you. Scholarship search websites are easy, but there are so many applicants because of the wide audience! Check your guidance office, your school's website, other...

List of schools I interviewed with and my interview experience (Duke)
121 Words
I interviewed for Duke with a local alumnus. Here are some dos and don'ts: DO bring a resume with your high school activities, awards, and test scores. Interviewers don't get access to your application. DO...

Additional material sent in after waitlisted or deferred (Columbia)
123 Words
When I began the college application process, Columbia was my dream school. However, I got deferred (from early decision) and eventually rejected. Though my deferral letter didn't seem to have worked, I would like to...

Why I ultimately chose my school (UNC, Duke)
374 Words
It was April (just weeks before decision day!) and I had narrowed my choices down to the two big rivals—UNC and Duke. I told myself that I would easily have a decision after attending both schools' admitted student days. I didn't. However, when it came time to make my decision, these are some of the things I considered: 1. COST. Even as an out of state student, my expected family contribution for UNC was a fraction of what it was for Duke. 1/9th, to be exact. Everyone's financial situation varies, but my ability to pay had a big role in...