Santa Clara
B.A., Communication and Media Studies
Student at Santa Clara University
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Hometown San Diego, California
EthnicityAsian, White Non-Hispanic
Class of2020
First Gen College StudentNo

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Santa Clara University (Santa Clara, CA)

Applied for a B.A. in Communication and Media Studies

Accepted and Enrolled Legacy: No

School Specific Essays

My dad leaves for work at seven every morning, and he comes home after six in the evening. That’s an eleven hour day working at a bank since the day I was born. For as long as I can remember, my dad has always stressed the importance of hard work. He shows me how working hard can help me prepare to do whatever I want in life. And while he doesn’t necessarily guarantee it will turn out the...
Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
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Ever since my first time visiting Los Angeles, I’ve always enjoyed it. Now, every time I visit, I always say to myself, one day I’m going to live here. I love how everyone has a dream or a goal they are working toward. It seems as though people in Los Angeles don’t spend a lot of time sitting around. In addition, I’ve always believed that I would learn more in a smaller school, one where I...
Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
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As summer ends and school starts to get closer and closer, one thing I always look forward to is field hockey season. Once school has officially started, my field hockey games become something I’m constantly thinking about and excited for. Many people make the assumption that high school sports are all fun. I would disagree with that. Part of sports are learning how to work with all different kinds of people and learning how to think in a way...
Supplemental Essay: Other
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From the time I was young, I’ve been fascinated by the idea of celebrities and fame. Why are some people famous and not others? It’s always interested me how some people manage to become extremely successful, while others simply fade away after one movie or one song. I’ve learned that communication and public relations play a major role. How a celebrity is portrayed to the public is crucial to their success. Image is important, especially for someone...
Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
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Ever since my first time visiting the Los Angeles area, I’ve always enjoyed it. Now, every time I visit, I always say to myself, one day I’m going to live here. Another thing I love is how everyone has a dream or a goal they are working toward. It seems as though people in Los Angeles don’t spend a lot of time sitting around. I’ve always believed that I would do better in a smaller school,...
Supplemental Essay: Diversity statement
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I know that nothing will just be handed to me. That is why it’s important to work to become the best that I can possibly be. In school, it is making flashcards and taking notes; this definitely helps me get the grades that I want. At work, along with the other employees, I make sure all the customers are helped quickly and that the store is clean. We constantly clean! We have to be prepared for anything, whether it...
Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
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I can’t even count the number of times my dad has referenced Bill Walton while teaching me the importance of hard work and teamwork. Growing up, my dad has constantly emphasized that natural ability is only a small percent of success and that hard work makes up the rest. I would choose Bill Walton to speak at Gonzaga. He is someone who not only achieved greatness in his basketball career, but made it more about the team instead of...
Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
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From my understanding, Boston University has a strong sense of community among the students, is academically challenging and brings many cultural perspectives together in one dynamic learning environment. I have thrived in environments with smart, motivated, diverse and curious students. I’ve been encouraged to develop my own thoughts and opinions and to stay true to my values. Being surrounded by others with similar priorities would inspire me and help me continue to grow as a person. I was raised...
Supplemental Essay: Diversity statement
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At my core, I have been raised in a diverse and highly inclusive environment. My family is ethnically and religiously diverse. I’ve been encouraged to develop my own thoughts and opinions. If I ever see something wrong, or that I don’t agree with, I am expected to speak up. At the same time, I’ve learned to make sure my opinions are backed up with facts. Because of the family I’ve been raised in, I’ve been...
Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
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I first learned about Saint Mary’s from my dad. He had visited and described the school as a very distinguished, private university located in Northern California. When he told me this I immediately knew I would want to look into it further as my dad made me feel like the school would be a good fit for me. He explained that due to the location, he believed it would not only provide opportunities during my years at Saint Mary...
Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
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I’ve always looked up to athletes who were the first ones at practice and the last to leave. I’ve always looked up to people who turned hard work into championships. A person who has done this is Michael Jordan. I believe that Michael Jordan would push me and motivate me through his actions. That’s why I would choose him to be my roommate. I first began to respect Jordan when I started playing sports and realized how...
Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
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I first learned about Santa Clara from my dad. He has visited the campus many times and describes SCU as a very distinguished private university in Silicon Valley. When he told me this I knew I’d be interested as it sounded exactly like what I had been looking for. I’m hoping to attend a small school in California with good academics and a welcoming community. I’ve always done better in a smaller class setting, so SCU would...
Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
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The aspect of SCU’s strategic vision that appeals to me the most is competence. Competence, to me, is the ability to do something successfully. We live in a world dominated by men, which creates an unjust world. For example, WNBA players are paid a very small fraction of what NBA players are paid. However, this isn’t only true in basketball, but also baseball, softball and soccer. Today, women are more than capable of doing the majority of the...

School Specific Advice

How to increase chances at my school
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Applying early action or early decision largely increases your chances of being admitted. The...
Why I declined other schools
66 Words
I declined CU Boulder and Boston University for a few reasons. First, I grew up in San Diego where the...
5 adjectives that describe a typical student at my school (Feel free to elaborate!)
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Kind - Everyone is very, very nice here. Intelligent - Obviously most people are smart on a college campus and Santa Clara is no exception. Helpful -...
How I chose schools to apply to
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As someone from San Diego, I knew I wanted to (preferably) stay in California but get out of San Diego. Chapman, which is in Orange and about 2 hours away by car, is...
My extracurricular activities in college, and why I chose them
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I'm part of the stand up comedy club, Spoon University, community council and I played intramural basketball. I want to do something in entertainment and just love to laugh in general, so the comedy club was...
My favorite course thus far, and why
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My favorite course so far has been my Business class (or...
What I like about my school’s location and culture
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Santa Clara is in the Silicon Valley. It's close to companies like Google, Apple and Facebook and about 20 minutes from Palo Alto ...
What I now know about my school that I never would have known prior to enrolling
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The party scene is pretty big and a...
Why I ultimately chose my school
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I wanted a school that has small class sizes, is in a good...

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General Admissions Advice

My advice about getting recommenders
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Find a teacher who knows you. A lot of teachers just use the same format and plug your name in so make sure that the teacher can say something about you beyond that you did well in the class. The teacher has...
Post-college plans
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Ultimately, college is to set you up for career options. You're there to learn but also to make connections to set you up for success later,...
What I’d change about my application process
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I'd stress out less. It's a stressful time, but trust that things will work out. You'll get in somewhere, just apply to a few reach, match and safety schools. My senior year English teacher said that the best thing that can happen is...

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