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Profile Overview

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

Student Background

Dartmouth Class of 2021
From: Hermosa Beach , California
Gender: Male
First Gen College Student: No
Race/Ethnicity: White Non-Hispanic
Accepted At: Emory, William & Mary, Richmond, Rochester, BC, Washington, Northeastern, Drexel, Fordham, UCLA, USC, UC Berkeley, UCSB, UCSD
Denied At:
Waitlisted At:
Withdrew From:

Test Scores

Converted SAT Score: 1470
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High School Performance

GPA, Weighted
Top 1%
AP / IB Classes and Scores:
Academic Performance in High School: Steady

Extracurriculars & Awards

Sports: Tennis
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Awards Received:

College Application Essays

Personal Statement for Dartmouth, Brown, Yale, Cornell, Emory, William & Mary, Richmond, Rochester, BC, Washington, Northeastern, Drexel, Fordham, UCLA, USC, UC Berkeley, UCSB, UCSD, UMich, Duke: Art/acting/singing, Bizarre talent, Childhood memory, Leadership experience, Place you’re content
667 Words
String Theory “The universe is infinitely large, perpetually growing, and is comprised of…” I reread the line. “What!?” I thought to myself. “Strings?” That can’t be right. Fantasy, non-fiction, mystery: they were no match for my unquenchable literary thirst. But an advanced science textbook (let alone one about Quantum Physics), well, that was new territory entirely. Attempting to link the abstract with the tangible, I connected String Theory (an impossibly complex approach to quantifying the universe), with my life ...

Supplemental Essay for Dartmouth: “Why us” school essay
173 Words
Oh, The Places You'll Go is one of the most popular books by ''Dr. Seuss'' (Theodore Seuss Geisel, Dartmouth Class of 1925). Where do you hope to go? What aspects of Dartmouth's curriculum or community might help you get there? (100) Congratulations! Today is my day. You’ve allowed me to show you Why I should stay. I want to explore. To research! Right off the bat, A flexible D-Plan Takes care of all that. Computer Science, Philosophy, International Relations? A Special...

Supplemental Essay for Yale: “Why us” school essay
103 Words
Yale is a shark and I am a Remora. These organisms share an extraordinary relationship: Remoras clean sharks’ exteriors, getting a free meal, and in return, sharks circumvent their predatory instinct. This is how I view my future at Yale: a symbiotic give-and-take between college and student. I see myself swimming alongside schools of students, collaborating, exploring; diving after my copious disparate interests. I know you're not fishing for compliments, but Yale’s rich tradition and academic flexibility will sharpen...

Supplemental Essay for Yale: Amusing anecdote
197 Words
1.Who or what is a source of inspiration for you? Seeking sanctuary from my father’s destructive tendencies, my mother bravely left him, a man she once loved, to pursue a better life for her children.I strive to embody the selflessness she epitomizes 2. If you could live for a day as another person, past or present, who would it be? Why? Me. As myself I revel in possibility and create my own reality. Being someone else cages me, traps...

Supplemental Essay for Yale: Strong beliefs/principles
204 Words
From an early age, I knew three things about myself: My name is Julian Grunauer I am ___ years old I am Jewish While I connect deeply with Judaism’s culture, heritage, and ethics, I was indoctrinated from an early age, and spent much of my life wondering what beliefs were my own and what came from organized religion. Fueled by introspection into my cultural identity, I used my time in Israel to inquire into the Palestinian immigration crisis, and to...

Supplemental Essay for UCLA, UC Berkeley, UCSB, UCSD: Other
357 Words
Sometimes I yoyo. I got into an argument with my friend’s father about the principle of inherited skill. What started as a compliment to my yo-yoing expertise, spiraled into a discussion about whether my skill was the outcome of years of hard work (my belief), or if some genetic advantage gave me an edge over the average individual (his belief). I left my friend’s house incensed by the conversation. Years of hard work trivialized by the conclusion that...

Supplemental Essay for UCLA, UC Berkeley, UCSB, UCSD: Other
353 Words
My mom is old. I don't mean this in the sense of age, or as a derogatory statement. I mean it as an oversimplification of the antiquated mindset in which I was raised. My mother grew up with a limited amount of electronics, and decided I should grow up the same way. Basically the most advanced piece of technology in my house was a microwave. When I was about 7, my mom got herself a smartphone. She brought it home, locked...

Supplemental Essay for UCLA, UC Berkeley, UCSB, UCSD: Other
353 Words
There was no moment of epiphany, but there was, oddly enough, a pair of socks. A friend had mentioned in passing that as a child, her favorite item of clothing was a pair of rainbow toe-socks. Without thinking I ordered a pair online, and within 3-5 business days they were comfortably resting on her feet. It struck me how a simple click on my computer could produce such indescribable joy in a person. I was addicted. I started collecting people...

Supplemental Essay for UCLA, UC Berkeley, UCSB, UCSD: Other
345 Words
As a child, I never understood why people became leaders. While other children fantasized about becoming the president, I was the kid who always answered the question “what do you want to be when you grow up” simply with “happy.” It seemed to me that the more responsibilities adults had, the less happy they were. So why would I, the kid who wanted to grow up to be happy, ever decide to be in charge of anything? There was no...

College Admissions Advice

What I’d change about my application process
102 Words
Start writing your personal statement/researching colleges as early as possible. Procrastination is the enemy here. Sure it is easy to lay back and relax when the deadline is so far...

What set me apart from other applicants
114 Words
Try and be unique as possible. With ever growing application pools, being different in any way is something to strive for. Who knows if being a sponsored yoyoer helped in my application, but it...

What I’d change about my application process
110 Words
At the end of my Junior year, I pledged to myself that I would spend the summer researching colleges, writing my personal statement, and preparing myself for the stress of the coming college...

What I’d change about my application process
151 Words
Don't feel pressured to apply to too many schools. Honestly, a large part of the reason I applied to so many schools is that I was advised by many people to "have a balanced list". I was dead set on applying to my reach schools,...

What I’d change about my application process
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Don't apply ED unless you are 100% sure. The...

What I’d change about my application process
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If you get writer’s block while creating your personal statement, try working on some of your supplements instead. Oftentimes, working...

My advice about getting recommenders
133 Words
Start asking your teachers as early as possible. Some of my teachers only wrote recommendations for a limited number of students, so make sure to scope out your teacher's policies beforehand to prepare. I missed out on a recommendation because...

Post-college plans
107 Words
I'm not really sure of my post-college plans as of now. A large part of me, despite getting into a great school, wanted to take a gap year and travel for a...

Recommended summer activities during high school and college
148 Words
I cannot recommend summer school highly enough. I took Chemistry and Pre-Calculus during the respective summers of my Sophmore and Junior year and it helped out my schedule a lot. Because I took Chemistry over the summer, I was able to take AP Environmental...

Whether I took out loans or applied for scholarships, and my advice
140 Words
Write as much as possible during the college application process. I ended up writing five complete personal statements and countless college supplements. This helped so much when it came time to apply for scholarships. SOOOO many of my essays I ended up...

Whether I used a private admissions counselor, and advice I received
172 Words
I had a private admissions counselor, and while she helped at the beginning, overall she was not completely necessary to my success. If you can't afford an admissions counselor or didn't end up getting one for whatever reason, it truly does not put you at a disadvantage. My counselor helped explain the...

How to increase chances at my school (Dartmouth)
27 Words
Not sure how much a peer recommendation helps,...

List of schools I interviewed with and my interview experience (Dartmouth)
51 Words
My interview definitely went best for Dartmouth. A lot of it really comes down to...

5 adjectives that describe a typical student at my school (Feel free to elaborate!) (Dartmouth)
5 Words
Outdoorsy, Outgoing,...

How I chose schools to apply to (Dartmouth)
145 Words
Touring Boston’s countless institutions helped me get a better sense of what I was looking for (tight-knit campus vibe, small class sizes, mid-range undergrad population), though, even after my trip, indecision continued to flow through me. With irresolute resolve, I haphazardly continued adding...