Harvard ‘20
B.A., Biology and Biological Sciences
Hey! I'm an undergraduate at Harvard College, concentrating in Applied Math & Economics, with a secondary in music. I love to sing, play piano, and write music!
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Hometown Pierre, South Dakota
EthnicityWhite Non-Hispanic
First Gen College StudentNo

Results, Essays, and Advice

Waitlisted or Withdrew
  • Harvard University (Cambridge, MA)
  • University of Notre Dame (Notre Dame, IN)
  • Yale University (New Haven, CT)
  • Augustana University (Sioux Falls, SD)
  • United States Military Academy at West Point (West Point, NY)
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Harvard University (Cambridge, MA)

Applied for a B.A. in Biology and Biological Sciences

Accepted and Enrolled Legacy: No

School Specific Essays

The United States Military Academy is regarded as the premier leadership training program in the United States. Training officers for the Army is no small task, yet the Academy goes above and beyond, which shows through on a national scale. What many forget, however, is that these leaders are also some of the most academically gifted students from across the nation. Not only are these young men and women leaders, they are also intelligent. The reason why I wish to...
Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
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To My Future Roommate, Living with you this coming year is not going to be terribly difficult for me. Three younger siblings have built up my tolerance to unbelievable levels, and I actually still share a room with my younger brother. I would be more embarrassed if I had a choice otherwise, but c’est la vie. Before living with me, however, here are a couple of considerations I ask you keep in mind. Future roommate, please understand my seemingly...
Supplemental Essay: Other
366 Words
While each may have different backgrounds and circumstances, every single successful USMA cadet has some similarities. Although tangible skills are necessary to achieve success, many aspects of an Army officer cannot as easily be classified. Through watching the students who enter West Point, and then seeing the officers who are produced, three main qualities have stood out to me personally. The first of these qualities is dedication. By attending the US Military Academy, an individual commits to four years of...
Supplemental Essay: Other
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Obviously, America represents a wide range of people and walks of life. It goes without saying that every demographic imaginable will be represented in one way or another throughout my time at the US Military Academy, and the Army afterwards. Certain approaches are necessary to cooperate successfully with different groups of people. The first thing to remember is that ignoring differences does not solve anything. The differences between genders, ethnicities, and religions must all be accounted for, otherwise people will...
Supplemental Essay: Issue of personal significance
386 Words
Thank you for reviewing my application. If nothing else, the following are a few interesting points that may not already come through on my application. I am the oldest of four kids, and thus have learned patience more than most. Achieving at my highest capacity is very important, and I push to excel at every activity I participate in. Music is my primary outlet for self-expression and creativity, which is why my list of activities is heavy in that direction;...

School Specific Advice

List of schools I interviewed with and my interview experience
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I interviewed with Harvard, Yale, and West Point. The interview process for West Point was multi-faceted and complex due to the application process. I met with nomination boards for congress members, and then had several calls with someone from the national level. Harvard and Yale both allowed me alumni interviews....
My extracurricular activities in college, and why I chose them
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Primarily, I am in an a cappella group at Harvard called The Harvard Din & Tonics. I chose this group because I have wanted to be in collegiate a cappella ever since I started watching The SIng Off and (especially) fell in love with Pentatonix. The Dins have really become a sort of family away from home for me, and...

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General Admissions Advice

My advice about getting recommenders
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Make a cover letter for each letter you want, each time you want it. Deliver it with the envelope already attached. Giving your recommenders hard copies of...
What I’d change about my application process
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Don't write the college application essay that YOU think that college admissions officers want to read. Obviously you're smart and capable and have done a million activities and ran half of them during your years before college....
What set me apart from other applicants
328 Words
I wish that I could say that I was super smart and already had a Nobel or something, but I didn't. Three things explain how I got into the school where I am currently enrolled. First of all is music. The experiences I have had through music, both domestically and internationally, set me apart on the achievement side of things. I may have been a pretty run of the mill applicant pertaining to grades, but my accomplishments in music turned the heads of admissions officers. Second was leadership. I didn't just become president of organizations, I found a way into...

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SportsBasketball, Cross Country, Track & Field


ActivitiesBoy/Girl Scouts, Choir, Community Cleanup / Service, Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), Homecoming committee, March of Dimes, Mock Trial, National Honor Society, Nursing Home Volunteer, Prom Committee, School Choir, School Newspaper/Magazine/Journalism, School Theater/Plays, Special Olympics, Student Council / Government, Tutoring/Mentoring, Student Activities Committee
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