Notre Dame
B.A., History
Dog and Disney Enthusiast
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Hometown Los Angeles, California
Class of2022
First Gen College StudentNo

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University of Notre Dame (Notre Dame, IN)

Applied for a B.A. in History

Accepted and Enrolled Legacy: No

School Specific Essays

Describe how you have taken advantage of a significant educational opportunity or worked to overcome an educational barrier you have faced.
I have ADHD. This does not mean that I act out inappropriately (as many people first assume), but, in my case, it means that I cannot concentrate. It is hard to retain information and especially hard to take tests. Most of the classes that I take weigh the tests heavily. Because of my ADHD, I cannot read questions and comprehend what it is saying as easily (especially if it is a long-worded question). ADHD seemed to affect me most during...
Personal Statement
337 Words
Interest in other academic subject
Think about an academic subject that inspires you. Describe how you have furthered this interest inside and/or outside of the classroom.
In eighth grade, my teacher told me that history is just one long story. I never thought of history like that, before it was just a subject that was forced onto me by the school system. I learned that everything has a story. The M&M’s that I eat are here because in the Second World War the army wanted to feed its soldiers chocolate that didn’t melt. The dying lightbulb in my room is dying because the...
What have you done to make your school or your community a better place?
My greatest contribution to my school is the creation of the club World Scholar’s Cup. I started this club in sophomore year, with the first official competition year being my junior year. My sister and I decided to start the club because we wanted to spread academic competitions to a greater population in the school. It was a surprising experience when I talked to my friends who never competed. I had always assumed that everyone was like me and...
Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
196 Words
What excites you about the University of Notre Dame that makes it stand out from other institutions?
In my sophomore year I did something that no regular student at my school does: I went to a football game. Actually I was volunteering, however, I did end up watching it. If there is something that is special about my school, it is that we are known for being horrible at football. Because of the horrible sports programs, there is little to no school spirit. Notre Dame on the other hand is full of it: great sport programs and...
Supplemental Essay: Strong beliefs/principles
163 Words
The University of Notre Dame is a Holy Cross institution whose educational philosophy has been formed around five core principles inspired by Blessed Basil Moreau, C.S.C., the founder of the Congregation of Holy Cross. These principles, or pillars, of a Holy Cross education are Mind, Heart, Zeal, Family, and Hope, and they continue to shape our students today. Which pillar or pillars resonate most
The pillar that resonates most with me is that of Family. To me, being with my family is just natural. For example, each Saturday I go out to my grandparents’ house. We always eat dinner together and try to find some chocolate dessert. I love my grandparents and it’s no surprise, considering my first word was Grandpa. However, on big holidays like Christmas and Thanksgiving I go to my dad’s side of the family. I have always found...
Supplemental Essay: Issue of personal significance
201 Words
Tell us about something significant that recently occurred in your community. Why does it matter to you?
This year our school went on lockdown three times in two weeks during November. The first lockdown was on a Friday during lunch. I was in my teacher’s classroom when all of a sudden three people ran inside and hid in the corner. When my teacher asked who they were and what they were doing, they responded, “We’re in a lockdown.” The reason for the lockdown was that a suspect who was fleeing from police jumped into the...
Supplemental Essay: Intellectual interest
244 Words
The Stanford community is deeply curious and driven to learn in and out of the classroom. Reflect on an idea or experience that makes you genuinely excited about learning. (100 to 250 words)
Just a few steps past the bookshelf of newspapers lies the best kept secret of the library. It is covered with dust, few dare to venture there. As you cross the newspapers it is almost as if you are transporting to another world, a world of the past. This is the historical section of the Court Library. In the historical section, there is one lesser known area. It hides in the corner of the middle bookcase. The books there wait...

School Specific Advice

How to increase chances at my school
90 Words
When I went to an admitted student presentation near me, the director of admissions told the group that they choose people who "give more to the community...
How I chose schools to apply to
142 Words
In the UC system, I applied to four: UCI, UCD, UCSD, and Cal. By the time February came around, I already figured that if I got into Cal, I would not go. But I chose to apply to these schools for a reason....
How to increase chances at my school
87 Words
UCs really love GPA and test scores. If you really want "guaranteed admission," I'd say try to get 4.0 + and 1400 +. UC Berkeley is the only one that...
5 adjectives that describe a typical student at my school (Feel free to elaborate!)
5 Words
Catholic, white,...
Why I declined other schools
95 Words
Even though I got into the honors programs at most of the UCs, I still declined them for one reason: they were a public school. I did not want...

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General Admissions Advice

What I’d change about my application process
58 Words
I'd have started earlier. I started most of my regular decision applications after my early action decision...
How I narrowed down my essay topics
104 Words
When I sat down, I didn't really know what I wanted to write about. The UC application, to me, felt really restrictive, so I wrote about the topics that fit into...
How to deal with the stress of applying to college
73 Words
Like I said earlier, START WRITING EARLY. I had friends that were cranking out essays like crazy on the last few days...
Recommended summer activities during high school and college
100 Words
You have to be proactive. I got my internship by just asking around. It was a great experience that I loved. I got to spend my time surrounded by books...
Misconceptions I had about college before attending
141 Words
Another thing that I should point out is that a hook does not guarantee you anything. I assumed a lot and paid for it. RIP my dream school. I 100% thought that I was going to get into Stanford (I know a little...

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