College Admissions Info

University of California - Santa Barbara, ‘19
BA, English

Profile Overview

Profile contains
  • Test Scores
  • High School Performance
  • Extracurriculars & Awards
  • Personal statement
  • 3 advice topics

Student Background

A sophomore that didn't think she had the chops to get into her dream school (but ended up getting in).
From: Oceanside , California
Gender: Female
First Gen College Student: Yes
Race/Ethnicity: Asian, White Non-Hispanic
Accepted At: CSULB, CSUMB, Pacific, UHawaii, CSUSM, San Jose State
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Test Scores

Converted SAT Score: 1250
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High School Performance

GPA, Weighted
Top 10%
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Academic Performance in High School: Steady

Extracurriculars & Awards

Sports: Water Polo (Recruited), Swimming/Diving, Volleyball
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College Application Essays

744 Words
Prompt: Describe the world you come from — for example, your family, community or school — and tell us how your world has shaped your dreams and aspirations. Outside, the summer sun beat down pleasantly while the ocean tide carried mellow waters. It was evident that time would be best spent enjoying the happy warmth. And I did just that at the beginning of the summer with my younger sister. We had spent two weeks on vacation to Texas visiting my stepfather...

341 Words
Prompt: Tell us about a personal quality, talent, accomplishment, contribution or experience that is important to you. What about this quality or accomplishment makes you proud, and how does it relate to the person you are? It turns out that the endless hours of wearing 10-pound weight belts and enduring long swim sets weren’t for nothing. At the end of my junior year water polo season, I reaped what I had sown when I received a spot on the...

College Admissions Advice

What I like about my school’s location and culture
165 Words
To be honest, I love everything about UCSB. The location makes UCSB and Isla Vista a second home for me. Growing up no more than a 15 minute drive from the beach down in Oceanside, I placed a high priority on being close to the ocean when selecting the colleges I...

How to increase chances at my school
116 Words
Do your best to be involved with a good number of organizations, athletics or clubs in high school. UCSB is a diverse campus full of well-rounded, involved students, and showing that you're one too will...

My extracurricular activities in college, and why I chose them
148 Words
Personally, I prefer to be active and busy than sitting around and doing nothing (though the occasional lazy day is glorious and required). Therefore, I have a couple extracurriculars I'm a part of. For one, I play on the women's club water polo team....