College Admissions Info

laurenmackey98
laurenmackey98
University of Florida ‘21
BS, Journalism

Profile Overview

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

Student Background

First year Public Relations major at the University of Florida, Class of 2021
From: Apopka , Florida
Gender: Female
Race/Ethnicity: White Non-Hispanic
Accepted At: NYU
Denied At:
Waitlisted At:
Withdrew From:

Test Scores

1370
SAT
Other SAT Scores:
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High School Performance

4.30
GPA
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College Classes In High School:
Academic Performance in High School: Steady

Extracurriculars & Awards

Extracurricular Activities: School Newspaper/Magazine/Journalism, Yearbook, Nonprofit, NGO or Charitable Organization, Photography / Film
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College Application Essays

I didn’t know that I had arachnophobia until I walked into my room on the third floor of Broward Hall at the University of Florida and saw a spider perched on the windowsill beside my bed. I ran down three flights of stairs, shoe in hand, to breathlessly beg the RA to kill it. It was only day two of seven of the Summer Journalism Institute, so I wouldn’t be getting much sleep for the rest of the...







Gymnasts are taught to do a full turn on their toes, in forte, but when I began walking on my toes at three years old, I was given braces instead of a leotard. Being diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy meant spending three days a week at physical therapy instead of conditioning at a gym to become the next Nadia Comaneci. I spent nine years working on my flexibility, balance, coordination, and strength, knowing that it wouldn’t result in an Olympic...







Supplemental Essay for NYU: “Why us” school essay
404 Words
My classroom looks like my bedroom, the backseat of my mom’s Kia Soul, the waiting room of a doctor’s office, and the corner booth at my favorite restaurant. My textbooks take the shape of my iPhone, my fingers are my pens and pencils, and I have never met any of my 100 classmates. I have had a non-traditional education through university-style private school, homeschooling, virtual school, dual enrollment, and several combinations of the four. New York University is non-traditional...







College Admissions Advice

What I’d change about my application process
210 Words
I wish I could go back to my freshman year self, knowing what I know now, and tell myself to take a deep breath! Throughout high school and my application process, I had myself convinced that I wasn't going to get accepted to my first choice school, which was NYU, and was even apprehensive about getting accepted to UF, where I'm currently...





My advice about getting recommenders
244 Words
I cannot stress the importance of recommenders enough! Although I don’t know what role they played in my acceptances, they did largely contribute to my stress during my application process. I didn’t keep track of what type of recommendations were needed for each school, and what the deadlines were to request and upload letters of recommendation. Contact your recommenders enough time in advance for them to write thoughtful letters of...





Recommended summer activities during high school and college
269 Words
Although this might sound odd to most students, I disliked summertime because I got bored without school! Thankfully, Florida Virtual School clubs often continued throughout the summer, so I remained active in the student newspaper. I was also able to take online high school courses through FLVS and dual enrollment credits through my local community college. I highly recommend taking courses over the summer to get ahead in high school or college credits. Because I dual enrolled, I was...







Why I declined other schools (Florida, NYU)
309 Words
I'll be honest: The University of Florida wasn't my first choice, and that seemed like a popular trend among the students who I met at Preview. Because UF is a state school, it's not surprising that it is often "plan b". I was gratefully accepted to the three schools that I applied to: NYU (my top choice), The New School, and UF. I spent months between and after decisions debating with myself, my family, and friends where I should attend. My family wanted me to stay in Florida, where I was born and raised, while I was eager to move 1,000...







What might make for a good “Why Us” essay topic at my school (NYU)
163 Words
The University of Florida didn't have a "Why Us" essay when I applied, so I can only speak for NYU and The New School. However, with my and my friends' "Why Us" essays in mind for all of the colleges we collectively applied to, the best piece of...





How to increase chances at my school (Florida)
245 Words
From what I've researched, the University of Florida emphasizes being a well-rounded applicant, including having a high GPA and test scores, taking the most challenging courses available to you, and being involved in extra curricular activities. During Preview, it was said that the Class of 2021 was the most successful group of admitted students the school has had thus far, with an average GPA of 4.0 to 4.4 and the most leadership experience (which definitely...