College Admissions Info

University of Notre Dame, ‘21
BS, Economics

Profile Overview

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

Student Background

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From: Modesto , California
Gender: Male
First Gen College Student: No
Race/Ethnicity: Hispanic, White Non-Hispanic
Accepted At: Princeton, Yale, Cornell, UMich, Purdue, UC Davis
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Test Scores

Converted SAT Score: 1530
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High School Performance

GPA, Weighted
Top 1%
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Academic Performance in High School: Steady

Extracurriculars & Awards

Sports: Swimming/Diving, Water Polo
Extracurricular Activities: Debate Club/Team, Student Council / Government, Key Club, Church
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College Application Essays

Personal Statement for Notre Dame, Princeton, Yale, Cornell, UMich, Harvard, Purdue: Creative personal story, Death of a loved one, Family background, One moment that changed you, Story central to identity
665 Words
    My lunch encompasses many colors. Hot Cheetos, cherry Jello, strawberry Gushers (all thanks to red #40). Orange Goldfish crackers, baby carrots, and a tangerine. Yellow, dairy-like cheese sticks and vanilla pudding. A sour Granny Smith apple with peanut butter, and juicy purple grapes from the backyard.      My mom helped me pack my first lunch as a kindergartner but expected me to follow the family tradition of packing my own lunch after that. I think my parents followed this advice from the...

Supplemental Essay for Notre Dame, Princeton, Yale, Cornell, UMich, Harvard, Purdue, UC Davis: Other
406 Words
Growing up on an apricot farm, I was immersed in the diverse agricultural lifestyle of California’s Central Valley. Despite this background, I recall feeling nervous at my first FFA (Future Farmers of America) conference because hundreds of strangers were dancing and cheering. That feeling quickly changed as I attended more conferences, meeting people from all over the nation. Even though I did not join FFA until my sophomore year of high school, 150 characters cannot entail the pivotal activities in...

Supplemental Essay for Princeton: Amusing anecdote
578 Words
“Oh, Mama, just look at me one minute as though you really saw me...Just for a moment now we're all together. Mama, just for a moment we're happy. Let's look at one another.” - Our Town, Thornton Wilder (Class of 1926)   “My daughter grows weed, ya’ know?” I was on a 7-hour flight back to California, seated next to a very verbose woman — let’s call her Linda — who did not refrain from telling me every single detail of her...

Supplemental Essay for Cornell: “Why us” school essay
660 Words
For most of my life, family dinners involved seven place settings, one plastic table cloth, and a “five dollar meal!” prepared by my mother (which always managed to yield at least three days worth of leftovers.) Family was everything, and over the years, my family has grown to 16 people with marriages and nieces and nephews. I am drawn to studying biological engineering because of the love for biology that my family and teachers instilled in me. When I visited Cornell...

Supplemental Essay for Yale, Harvard: Using a metaphor
431 Words
“UGHHHH-AHHHHH.” My 6th grade class roared in unanimous opposition to our teacher’s request. She wanted us to write a poem of self — something that we could look at “10 years from now and remember who we were”. Looking back, my English teacher did more than prompt me to write a poem of self. She prompted my love for creative writing that has yielded many awards, and, most importantly, one of my most cherished creations. I even returned to the “I...

Supplemental Essay for Yale: “Why us” school essay
109 Words
I value relationships, so I love the idea of an inclusive university that would connect me to students, professors, and traditions. Bands like Low Strung show how creative and variegated the Yale student body is. Another appealing aspect of Yale is its ongoing commitment to undergraduates. It’s extraordinary that every tenured professor teaches undergraduate courses and I cannot believe I would get to learn from these experts. Lastly, traditions like Class Day, resources like the Jackson Institute, and of...

Supplemental Essay for UMich: “Why us” school essay
444 Words
If you want to understand what my home looks like, simply imagine a half painted easel, a stack of 20 classical books, and something on fire. My older brother studied biochemistry in college, while my older sister studied English. My oldest sister is an incredible artist, while my younger brother is entranced by history. In short, my family has variegated interests, but we share a love for learning that I see very clearly in LSA. I hope to attend the University...

College Admissions Advice

What set me apart from other applicants
166 Words
Authenticity is the key that got me accepted to nearly every single school I applied to. I didn't have the best test scores, and while I was very involved, I didn't win any "national" awards; however, I approached the application process with confidence and I took the time to...

Recommended summer activities during high school and college
156 Words
The biggest key to Summer activities is consistency. Joining a club for one year and then dropping out (unless you have a valid reason) does not reflect you well as an applicant. By really diving into one or two (or possibly three) activities, you can...

Whether I took out loans or applied for scholarships, and my advice
196 Words
My mom pushed me to apply for a lot of scholarships. I thought she was silly; how could one $500 scholarship make a significant difference in paying for college? I would say "I just want to go to sleep", and then she would ask me to spend 30 minutes applying. In the end, she was correct. Every scholarship (no...

My advice about getting recommenders
120 Words
I know many students who got "recommendations" from prominent politicians and academics. Ultimately, those students were rejected from elite universities. College admissions officers can see right through a forced letter of rec. They want to...

What might make for a good “Why Us” essay topic at my school (Cornell)
110 Words
While I did not choose to attend Cornell, I did a lot of research to understand their application process. The most important thing to realize about Cornell is that they care about ...

How to increase chances at my school (Princeton)
93 Words
One thing that I found when applying to Princeton is that the students who they like the best are the one's who have a quirky personality, are...

How to increase chances at my school (Harvard)
79 Words
This one is going to be short: No one gets into Harvard. That's a little bit of an exaggeration, of course, but there...

Why I ultimately chose my school (Notre Dame)
125 Words
Notre Dame is truly special, and I hope you will consider it. I chose Notre Dame in a heartbeat after visiting the campus because the students, the professors, and the atmosphere are unlike anything that an "Ivy"...