B.A., History
I'm not smart but I do work my butt off.
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Hometown Berwyn, Illinois
Class of2021
First Gen College StudentNo
Other Language(s) Spoken Spanish

Results, Essays, and Advice

Waitlisted or Withdrew
  • University of Chicago (Chicago, IL)
  • University of Notre Dame (Notre Dame, IN)
  • University of California - Los Angeles (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Butler University
  • University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign (Champaign, IL)
  • New York University (New York, NY)
  • University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA)
  • Marquette University (Milwaukee, WI)
  • Indiana University - Bloomington (Bloomington, IN)
  • University of California - Berkeley (Berkeley, CA)
  • Loyola University Chicago (Chicago, IL)
  • University of Southern California (Los Angeles, CA)
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University of Chicago (Chicago, IL)

Applied for a B.A. in History

Accepted and Enrolled Legacy: No

School Specific Essays

   Providence of God was a church struggling to keep its doors open. A predominantly Hispanic parish, Providence found it difficult to attract new parishioners as it resisted gentrification in the Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago. However, this was more than a church to me: it was a home. I was baptized here, I grew up here, my parents and grandparents were all married here. I knew it was going to be an uphill battle, so I did everything I could to...
Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
685 Words
I remember coming home after taking my first ACT. I was thinking of two things: “I could really go for a double cheeseburger” and “I am definitely going to retake that.” Shortly after, there was a large stack of mail for me on the kitchen table. I was fairly certain they weren’t love letters, so I wondered what they could be. My eyes lit up as I grasped the multi-colored cards and envelopes: it was my first college mail....
Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
529 Words
Responding to: "Alice falls down the rabbit hole. Milo drives through the tollbooth. Dorothy is swept up in the tornado. Neo takes the red pill. Don’t tell us about another world you’ve imagined, heard about, or created. Rather, tell us about its portal. Sure, some people think of the University of Chicago as a portal to their future, but please choose another portal to write about." My bare feet make contact with the cold ground. It is pitch...
Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
416 Words
This was a class unlike any other I have been in. We did all of our work on our iPads. The class was divided into six groups of four people. We only interacted with our teacher about twice a week, when we presented our work in small discussions. One thing was certain: the strength of my group would determine my success in the class. However, the teacher chose the groups randomly, so I was forced to work with people who...
Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
348 Words
As a senior, it can be easy to become fixated on the high school life. For the past four years, bells have told me where to go and when to go there. Additionally, it seems out of the ordinary to stray away from my lunch table or team. This is a huge difference from what my adult life will be like. Life is not a gated community; it is an ever-changing story filled with a sundry of people and places....
Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
196 Words
Before the Basilica of the Sacred Heart was built, a team of experts were meticulously planning how to build a beautiful and lasting monument. They debated over the potential material of the building. The Basilica needed to last centuries, so it was built out of sturdy brick. It may seem obvious, but the strength of a building is only as strong as the materials used to erect it. This is why the Basilica has been standing for almost 150 years. Likewise,...
Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
210 Words
Responding to: "Home is where your story begins. Tell us about your home and how it has influenced your story." The cold wind bit at any body part that dared to be exposed, which in my case was my eyes. I lowered my head and continued onward in the darkness. Snow was my ally here; better to trudge through a foot of snow than to risk it all on a patch of ice. I traversed through the arduous terrain for...
Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
270 Words
Responding to: "The late Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., Notre Dame's president from 1953 to 1987, served as a trusted adviser to U.S. presidents and popes. A champion for human rights, Fr. Hesburgh was one of the architects of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which outlawed discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. Reflect on the current state of civil rights, the progress that has been made, or the problems still being faced today." In terms...
Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
400 Words
Like most high school students, I was somewhat anxious entering junior year. With only two years of high school under my belt, I was not looking forward to the transition to college. While some of my peers had locked-in their career choice since elementary school, I had still not found my true passion. Thus, I was indifferent when I saw “AP US History” typed on my schedule sheet; I was simply taking the courses selected by my advisor. On the...
Supplemental Essay: Issue of personal significance
246 Words
Through my involvement in soccer, I have built unique bonds with people. Entering senior year, I met three 8th graders: Jonathan, Richie, and Luis. They were thinking of attending our local high school, but it had a reputation of gang activity. They had a passion for soccer, so I invited them to a training camp at my high school. They immediately felt a sense of brotherhood when they met the team, and enrolled at my high school in the fall....
Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
248 Words
One of the largest hurdles that a businessman—or any other individual—can face is tunnel vision. Tunnel vision prohibits them from looking ahead and recognizing unique opportunities. Growing up in Chicago, I have encountered vast assortment of people. In grammar and middle school, I would interact with unique individuals and learn about their cultures. When I enrolled in a private high school, however, the environment was completely different. Although it was located in Chicago, the diversity was very poor....
Supplemental Essay: Scholarship application
697 Words
Responding to: "Please respond to the statement by Aristotle: 'It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.'" Aristotle leaves us with a statement which may at first glance seem like simple advice: ponder an idea without believing it is infallible. While this may be true, Aristotle’s statement actually has two approaches. These two approaches parallel the two sides of a person’s nature: the hopeful and the rational....
Supplemental Essay: Strong beliefs/principles
370 Words
Responding to: "Describe an example of your leadership experience in which you have positively influenced others, helped resolve disputes, or contributed to group efforts over time." Soccer has granted me unique experiences both on and off the field. Through my involvement, I have become brothers with the most unlikely of people. Entering senior year, I met three 8th graders: Jonathan, Richie, and Luis. They were thinking of attending our local high school. However, it had a reputation for being overcrowded,...
Supplemental Essay: Strong beliefs/principles
363 Words
Responding to: "Describe your favorite academic subject and explain how it has influenced you." Many people think that history is simply the study of people who are deceased and memorizing dates. However, history is much more; it is about change. It tells us of the turning of tides in wars, the reform of laws, or the change of heart in an individual. History is more than a narrative; it is a roadmap that leads us to our current state. This...
Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
310 Words
Responding to: "What have you done to make your school or community a better place?" There are many things unique to a high school, such as wacky mascots or catchy school songs. However, there are some universal aspects that seem to be present no matter which high school you visit: vast amounts of reading, enthusiastic sports fans, and, of course, bullying. Entering high school, I had one goal: do not become a target. I was extremely afraid of becoming an...
Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
375 Words
Responding to: "What is the one thing that you think sets you apart from other candidates applying to the University of California?" Although he never directly said it, Charles Darwin is accredited with this famous quote: “It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is most adaptable to change.” His studies prove this to be true, even when referring to modern day humans. I had to change...

School Specific Advice

Why I declined other schools
103 Words
It's not a secret: the University of Chicago is highly selective. That being said, if you are admitted, they want to do everything possible to ensure that you enroll. This begins...
How I chose schools to apply to
95 Words
I initially applied to Illinois as a "safety", simply because it was my State school. However, one visit quickly changed my mind. It became my top choice for several...

More Essays

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General Admissions Advice

What set me apart from other applicants
57 Words
Although it may seem risky, don't be afraid to be vulnerable in your applications. Be true to...
What I’d change about my application process
46 Words
I focused too much on schools with strong reputations, and not enough on schools...
Whether I took out loans or applied for scholarships, and my advice
67 Words
My parents and I are taking out loans, with them picking up 75% of the costs and me taking the other 25%....

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