College Admissions Info

University of Southern California, ‘21
BA, International Relations

Profile Overview

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

Student Background

Trustee Scholar who is interested in a little bit of everything
From: Thousand Oaks , California
Gender: Female
First Gen College Student: No
Race/Ethnicity: Black / African American
Accepted At: Northwestern, UCLA, Tufts, UC Berkeley, WashU, UMich, UVA, BU, Northeastern, GWU, UCSB
Denied At:
Waitlisted At:
Withdrew From:

Test Scores

Highest ACT:
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High School Performance

GPA, Weighted
Top 25%
AP / IB Classes and Scores:
Academic Performance in High School: Steady

Extracurriculars & Awards

Extracurricular Activities: Model Congress / Model UN, Diversity Committee / Minority Initiative, Black Student Union, Film, French Club, School Theater/Plays, Student Council / Government
Elaborate on Extracurriculars or Work:
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College Application Essays

Personal Statement for USC, Northwestern, UCLA, Tufts, UC Berkeley, WashU, UMich, UVA, BU, Northeastern, GWU, UCSB, Stanford, Harvard, Georgetown, UCSD, Wesleyan: Athletic achievement, Creative personal story, Embarrassing mistake, Failure experience, Leadership experience, Near death experience, Summer experience
580 Words
I can only tread for a little bit longer. I focus on my hands and feet swirling around in vicious little circles to keep my head above the water. It’s the only thing that can distract me from the thousands of square feet of open water that surround me on all sides. The waves are so choppy; I can barely see the shore in the distance. I try not to think about the fact that I am alone in...

Supplemental Essay for USC: “Why us” school essay
258 Words
The University of Southern California is like Disneyland. It’s a place “where dreams can come true,” but more importantly, there are countless opportunities represented in fantastic depth. At Disneyland, if you enjoy futuristic technology, there’s Tomorrowland supplemented by opportunities like Autopia—for those interested in cars, Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters—for those interested in space, and the Disneyland Monorail—for those interested in how the components of Tomorrowland function together. The same can be said for USC. My...

Supplemental Essay for Tufts, Harvard: Amusing anecdote
252 Words
“Take a Pad, Leave a Pad,” I scribble onto the back of a notecard in the bathroom, ten minutes before homeroom. I tape the notecard onto a basket packed with feminine hygiene products leaving it right next to the sink. I remember being a freshman, scared out of my mind about courses, upperclassmen, and a million other things. The last concern high school girls need to be worried about is their bodies. So many girls, myself included, have felt embarrassed...

Supplemental Essay for UVA: Diversity statement
299 Words
Beyonce stole one of my most prized possessions and I am still not over it. Beyonce used the poem, “For Women Who Are Difficult to Love” by Warsan Shire, as inspiration for her critically acclaimed visual album, Lemonade. This was my poem. I clearly didn't write it, nor do I own any rights to the poem, but over the years, I had held it so close to my heart that the stanzas became almost a part of me. Quite frankly,...

College Admissions Advice

What I’d change about my application process
83 Words
Try testing as early as you can. This specifically applied to my SAT Subject test scores. While those scores are not that important in...

My advice about getting recommenders
142 Words
In the beginning of my senior year, I had strategically planned out my three recommenders and when I approached one of them, she said that she would not write a letter for me. This is pretty rare, but it caught me off guard....

Recommended summer activities during high school and college
76 Words
Don't waste money on those expensive pre-college study programs. They don't guarantee admission and you could use that time to be more productive,...