College Admissions Info

University of Chicago, ‘19
BA, Economics

Profile Overview

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

Student Background

UChicago second-year Quizbowler from Texas majoring in statistics and English literature!
From: Dallas , Texas
Gender: Male
First Gen College Student: No
Race/Ethnicity: White Non-Hispanic
Accepted At: UT Austin, CMU, NYU, U of Minnesota
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Test Scores

Converted SAT Score: 1590
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High School Performance

GPA, Weighted
Top 1%
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Academic Performance in High School: Steady

Extracurriculars & Awards

Extracurricular Activities: National Honor Society, Multicultural / International Club, DECA (Distributive Education Clubs of America), Habitat for Humanity
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College Application Essays

Personal Statement for UT Austin, Harvard, Princeton, Yale, Columbia, UPenn, Stanford, Duke, Northwestern, CMU, NYU: Family background, Issue of personal significance, Overcoming personal struggle, Story central to identity
619 Words
As I dance and shimmy through the packed hallway, a voice shouts: “Francesco!” My head turns, just as anybody’s would upon hearing his or her name. But there’s a problem: my name is Federico. And yet my head whips around, intuitively seeking the source of the voice. Searching the stampede of colors and sounds, my eyes alight upon an unfamiliar person – the one who called the name of my twin brother. But the friends of my brother don...

Supplemental Essay for UChicago: Unique question posed by school
445 Words
The most practical and culturally identifiable word of my Italian heritage is not actually a word. Rather, it is a hand motion, and I have seen it incessantly in the streets of Bari (my family’s hometown), on television, and at my family’s dinner table arguments (another very important tradition of Italian culture). Transcending spoken language, this singular gesture is capable of expressing a vast spectrum of emotions in a manner only visible to those of Italian heritage – much...

Supplemental Essay for UT Austin, Princeton, Yale, Columbia, UPenn, Stanford, Duke, Northwestern, CMU, NYU: Other
544 Words
"Parli italiano?” I ask amicably to the strongly accented restaurant owner, hoping to establish that special connection that exists among “compaesani”. The place smells like oven-fire pizza and opportunity. "No," he responds, straight-faced, with the same accent I hear every day from my Italian-born and raised father. I hesitate, wondering how he understood my question if he speaks no Italian. Now the restaurant just smells of pizza. "Hmm..." I hesitate, not quite sure how to proceed. "Anyways, I'm from the...

Supplemental Essay for Northwestern: “Why us” school essay
305 Words
As a member of my school’s IB program, I’ve come to love a diverse and thought-provoking environment. We IB students are all nerds, but we still play hyper-competitive sand volleyball every Friday and make sure to hang out. We can be as intellectual as we want while still having fun. I’ve never had the chance to visit Northwestern, but from the description of my friend Alisha, a freshman there, I can tell it’d be a great...

College Admissions Advice

What I’d change about my application process
390 Words
By the end of the college apps process, I had written so many essays it was a struggle to write anything anymore. I was completely burned out, tired of trying to write perfect essays for every college, checking and revising them seven times and never quite feeling completely satisfied with them. I also felt a bit like I lost my voice during the process. My first essays were noticeably better, and I think it's because back then I still wrote what I wanted to write. By the end of the process, I started writing what I thought colleges wanted to...

Post-college plans
379 Words
Post-college plans could change in a hurry, and that's not a problem at all. I went to UChicago planning on majoring in economics and working in finance. I ended up double-majoring in statistics and English literature, and I'll most likely be doing either data-driven marketing or sports analytics once I graduate, although even those are still flexible. The key is to explore options, keep an open mind, and talk to people. And, most importantly, start immediately.. I started off thinking I could be interested in investment banking. I went to a Goldman Sachs information session my first week at UChicago ...

My advice about getting recommenders
242 Words
Try to make sure the teachers you ask for recommendations actually know you well, have the time to write the recommendation, and (this one gets overlooked sometimes) are competent. You want a teacher that you know well, preferably one that you interact with to some extent outside of class, one that knows you as a person, not just as a student. The super-popular fun teacher that everybody loves may seem like...

My extracurricular activities in college, and why I chose them (UChicago)
232 Words
Finding good extracurriculars that you enjoy can make or break your college experience. Seriously. It's really important. Extracurricular activities are what save me at UChicago. The classes are honestly just okay. Some are good, some are bad. I'm interested in the content of some, but not others. Some professors are great, some are awful. The reason I actually enjoy going to UChicago is because I joined extracurriculars that...