Stanford ‘21
B.A., Political Science and Government
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Hometown Minneapolis, Minnesota
EthnicityWhite Non-Hispanic
First Gen College StudentNo

Results, Essays, and Advice

Waitlisted or Withdrew
  • Stanford University (Stanford, CA)
  • University of Chicago (Chicago, IL)
  • University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA)
  • Georgetown University (Washington, DC)
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Stanford University (Stanford, CA)

Applied for a B.A. in Political Science and Government

Accepted and Enrolled Legacy: No

School Specific Essays

[COMMON APP] Ding! Panic rushed over the boy as he heard the sound of the doorbell. His earlier excitement had now turned into dread. “Should I just pretend no one's home, or should I hide?” He thought to himself. His thoughts were interrupted by the sound of the door being opened. “Salam Aleikum, welcome!” His father said as he greeted the guest. Dread washed over the boy because tonight meant a lot to the young eight-year-old; it was his first...
Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
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[STANFORD ROOMMATE ESSAY]: Dear Friend, We may be separated by thousands of miles at the moment, but I know that next fall, when we will finally meet each other at the Farm, it will be momentous. We might have different majors, enjoy different sports and have different tastes in music, but I know that our common intellectual curiosity will draw us together. I may pester you to come to Persian Student Association events, but just know it's because I know...
Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
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[STANFORD, WHAT MATTER AND WHY?]: Reading matters to me. And for a good reason, I couldn't read until I was eight years-old. I wasn't naturally gifted, but I had a natural affinity to learn. Reading opened new doors for me, but it is something that is still seldom thought of in the course of daily life. Reading is taken for granted once we learn to do it. The ability to read is something that is so crucial to my life,...
Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
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[WHY UCHICAGO?] Dense fog filled the room as David Axelrod announced from the podium, “please welcome our very special guest.” A man with wispy white hair and a penetrating grin emerged from the fog. The room fell silent. The man was none other than UChicago alum Bernie Sanders. The students at Institute of Politics were in uproar; a legend was in their presence. “I stand before you today to declare the 2017 Hunger Games open! Wait, that’s not it... let...
Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
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[UCHICAGO UNCOMMON ESSAY]: HOW ARE APPLES AND ORANGES SUPPOSED TO BE COMPARED? POSSIBLE ANSWERS MAY INVOLVE,BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO STATISTICS, CHEMISTRY, PHYSICS, LINGUISTICS, AND PHILOSOPHY – INSPIRED BY FLORENCE CHAN CLASS of 2015. The age old dilemma of comparing two seemingly dissimilar fruits is one that can be viewed through many different lenses. The biologist may conclude that they are actually quite similar and could be compared through common ancestral evolution. The physicist may decide that they have similar mass...
Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
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[WHY PENN?]: After my first stroll down Locust Walk I knew I wanted the University of Pennsylvania to be my future home. The beautiful campus, driven students and prime location in Philadelphia bestow upon it a unique appeal. Academically, the College of Arts and Sciences at Penn offers an unrivaled academic experience to quench my prodigious intellectual thirst. The curriculum of the College of Arts and Sciences will allow me to be well versed in a multitude of academic areas...
Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
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[WHY GEORGETOWN?]: When I first set foot on campus two years ago, during an informal stroll around the beautiful area, I knew that Georgetown University was where I wanted to attend. Fast forward to the present and my desire to study at Georgetown is even stronger. One of the greatest characteristics of Georgetown that appeals to me is the strong international community that the campus environment fosters. I truly felt it was a campus with a strong sense of community...
Supplemental Essay: Amusing anecdote
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[UCHICAGO FAVORITES ESSAY] What does the etymology of Idaho, kids reading books in exchange for haircuts and runners from a Kenyan tribe all have in common? The answer is that they are all stories from my favorite radio program, National Public Radio. NPR is more than just a radio station for me, however. It is my news source and my sole source of entertainment and enjoyment in my car. Sometimes it even transcends my car radio into the radio station...

School Specific Advice

How to increase chances at my school
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[STANFORD ADMISSIONS]: Stanford will focus on your 10/11th year grades. The will take A- and turn it to A but also B+ will just be a B. This is called the SU6, named for the six semesters of grades. However, they will still look at freshman year to make sure you didn't do super bad. Understand how the process application readers use. Once you make the “first cut”, they divide up the applications and a bunch of “application readers” get applications. Each admissions person will choose an applicant and they will pitch to the room as to why that applicant...
What I’d change about my application process
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When you are writing your essays it is important to keep in mind that every word you write is not gold. It...
How to increase chances at my school
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Seek to demonstrate: Curiosity, energy, independent thought, independent action, intelligence, ability to get things done/solve problems/make...
5 adjectives that describe a typical student at my school (Feel free to elaborate!)
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Stanford: Passionate,...
5 adjectives that describe a typical student at my school (Feel free to elaborate!)
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UChicago: Intellectual,...
How to increase chances at my school
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[UCHICAGO ADMISSIONS]: UChicago values true academic interest. The best way to show this is through your essays. They place high value on qualitative things such as essays and Letter of Rec. You should try to make the Why UChicago essay...
What I’d change about my application process
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You can determine your own likelihood of acceptance by doing some research and using common sense. If you are within the accepted...

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General Admissions Advice

5 adjectives that describe a typical student at my school (Feel free to elaborate!)
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[STANFORD STUDENTS]: Passionate, hard-working, athletic, intellectual, relaxed....
How to increase chances at my school
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If you’re young and have a few years before applying I believe the best thing to do with your time is to work out the answer to the following question, and then once you’ve worked out the answer to begin working on it: Step one:...
Whether I used a private admissions counselor, and advice I received
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I did not use a private admissions counselor. I would not recommend using one....
My advice about getting recommenders
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Get someone who actually knows you. It is really beneficial if they have you as an advisor outside of class as well. I had one recommendation from a Social Studies teach and one from a Spanish teacher. Do not get two recommendations in the same subject. Also check on the schools specific policy for what they require. If you are going into STEM one math and one science is good. If you are going into humanities it doesn't matter as much. A good letter of recommendation should describe information about your personality. It should NOT just be a verbal resume....
Post-college plans
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I am hoping to study something...
What set me apart from other applicants
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I had a combination of things that helped to get accepted. Firstly, I had good academics, but only having this will not get you into any elite school. In addition, I had great letters...
Recommended summer activities during high school and college
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[WHAT I DID AND HOW TO UTILIZE YOUR SUMMERS BEFORE COLLEGE] During my summer of Freshman year I was not that involved in things besides sports. I would recommend using Freshman/Sophomore years to find something you can be passionate about. The summer before senior year is the most important. It is most likely your best chance to do a really intriguing internship or activity right before the College...
What I like about my school’s location and culture
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Stanford has a great combination of weather and an easy-going culture. I really like warm weather coming from cold, harsh...

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SportsSoccer, Tennis


ActivitiesQuiz Bowl/Academic Bowl, Volunteer Coach, Spanish Club, National Honor Society, Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), Nonprofit, NGO or Charitable Organization, Political Campaign, Tutoring/Mentoring
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