College Admissions Info

Amherst College, ‘21
BS, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Profile Overview

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

Student Background

Hello! I am a freshman at Amherst College in Massachusetts with a potential major in Chemistry and Art History.
From: Tempe , Arizona
Gender: Male
First Gen College Student: No
Race/Ethnicity: Hispanic, Native Hawaiian / Pacific Islander
Accepted At: UCLA, USC, Pomona, UMich, Hamilton, Arizona State, Case
Denied At:
Waitlisted At:
Withdrew From:

Test Scores

Highest ACT:
Other ACT Scores:
ACT Prep:

High School Performance

GPA, Weighted
Top 5%
Academic Performance in High School: Steady

Extracurriculars & Awards

Extracurricular Activities: Tutoring/Mentoring, Tutoring/Mentoring, Tutoring/Mentoring, National Honor Society, School Choir, Model Congress / Model UN, Community Cleanup / Service
Volunteer Experiences:
Awards Received:

College Application Essays

Personal Statement for Amherst, USC, Pomona, UMich, Hamilton, Case, UChicago, Brown, Columbia, Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Dartmouth, UPenn, UC Berkeley, Duke, Vanderbilt, Stanford: Death of a loved one
663 Words
When lightning stri- The music stopped. In that moment, the constant stream of sound in my head, just, stopped. Sound has been deeply embedded in me for as long as I can remember. It began during my toddler years as I attempted to express myself through song, but produced inexplicable sounds. My parents assumed something was wrong and brought me to Phoenix Children’s Hospital to visit a hearing specialist, but still, I produced no words--just sounds. As I entered...

Supplemental Essay for UCLA: Unique question posed by school
281 Words
If there's anything else you want us to know about you, now's your chance. But remember, you should use this space only if you want to describe anything that you have not had the opportunity to include elsewhere in the application. This shouldn't be an essay, but rather a place to explain unusual personal or family circumstances, or anything that may be unclear in other parts of the application. This should not be used to answer an additional personal insight...

Supplemental Essay for UCLA: Unique question posed by school
384 Words
Describe the most significant challenge you have faced and the steps you have taken to overcome this challenge. How has this challenge affected your academic achievement? (349 words) July 20, 2016, 8:55pm: scrolling through Twitter, I stumbled upon a post reading “RIP Wade Young.” This was strange, because my best friend’s name is Wade Young. Wade went hiking that morning and should’ve been back by now, so I texted him. After minutes with no response, I wandered into my parents’ room...

Supplemental Essay for UCLA: Unique question posed by school
378 Words
What is the one thing that you think sets you apart from other candidates applying to the University of California? (338 Words) Scavenging through the sleek white shelves, I knocked down each toothpaste one-by-one into the shopping cart. One...two...three...As I frantically counted each slip of paper, a drop of water descended down my forehead and caressed the edge of my lip. Glancing at my phone to check the time, I realized that two hours already passed. With a...

Supplemental Essay for UCLA: Unique question posed by school
386 Words
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. (346 words) “When words fail, music speaks.” Like any other freshman in high school, I lacked a sense of belonging. Belonging in regards to after-school activities, academic rigor, and social groups. Exhibiting this sense of isolation, I would turn to my parents for comfort when a problem arose,...

Supplemental Essay for UCLA: Unique question posed by school
371 Words
Describe how you have taken advantage of a significant educational opportunity or worked to overcome an educational barrier you have faced. (338 words) I remember receiving the letter mentioning a medical program in Illinois. I decided to enroll, already aligning my future with anesthesiology, but that would soon change. The decision to start the journey to becoming a magician of medicine commenced the minute I laid foot on campus with the array of purple flowers illuminating my eager eyes and the...

Supplemental Essay for USC: Unique question posed by school
672 Words
What is something about yourself that is essential to understanding you? (250 word limit) Scavenging through the sleek white shelves, I knocked down each deodorant one-by-one into the shopping cart. One...two...three...As I frantically counted each slip of paper, a drop descended down my forehead and caressed the edge of my lip. With a cart full of unnecessary amounts of products, I passed through each register, examining characteristics of the cashiers: “that person looks young, that person looks agitated,...

Supplemental Essay for Pomona: Unique question posed by school
957 Words
Prompt 1: Most Pomona students enter the College undecided about a major, or they change their minds about their prospective major by the time they graduate. Certainly we aren’t going to hold you to any of the choices you’ve made above. But please do tell us why you’ve chosen the major or majors (or Undecided!) that you have (in no more than 250 words). “But how?” That was me, and it drove my parents insane. As my education progressed,...

Supplemental Essay for UMich: Unique question posed by school
1000 Words
If you could only do one of the activities you have listed in the Activities section of your Common Application, which one would you keep doing? Why? (Required for all applicants. Approximately 100 words) Do-Re-Mi-Fa-So-La-Ti-Do. The complicated array of music notes emanate out of my mouth, shaky from the rush of nerves in my vocal chords. As a freshman in high school, I was ignorant of the musical terms associated with choir. Whether it was the resonating crescendo deviating from a...

College Admissions Advice

What I’d change about my application process
76 Words
The idea of college didn't "click" in my head until the 2nd semester of sophomore year. I wish I would've taken more honors...

Recommended summer activities during high school and college
71 Words
I participated in 2 summer programs: One was the ASU Barrett Summer Scholars and the other was the National Student Leadership Conference:...

My advice about getting recommenders
74 Words
Choose teachers that you are VERY close with! One of my recommendations was from my science teacher for both freshman and sophomore...

What set me apart from other applicants
53 Words
Make sure to be true to yourself in ALL your essays! Get in the mindset that...

How to deal with the stress of applying to college
116 Words
Organization is KEY! I created another google account just for my college applications. I utilized Google Docs to write my essays (keeping every one I wrote) and create my resume. You will have late nights...

Misconceptions I had about college before attending
76 Words
"You need to have perfect stats to get accepted" This is very incorrect, because my stats were not even close to perfect. I...

Post-college plans
91 Words
It is okay to not know what you want to do yet. Personally, I've always known I wanted to go into medicine, so it was easy for...

What I learned transitioning from high school to college
147 Words
High school is MUCH easier than college, so be prepared. I've met a few students who mention that their high school was harder than Amherst, but other than that, most of us can agree that college is more challenging for a few reasons. 1: You...