wmgardner
wmgardner,
Harvard ‘17
B.A., Molecular Biology
Recent Harvard graduate from rural Oklahoma!
Features Included
2
Essays
5
Schools
14
Scores
4
Advice
8
ECs
0
Sports

Background

Hometown Warner, Oklahoma
GenderMale
EthnicityWhite Non-Hispanic
First Gen College StudentYes

Results, Essays, and Advice

Accepted
Waitlisted or Withdrew
Denied
  • Harvard University (Cambridge, MA)
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, MA)
  • University of Chicago (Chicago, IL)
  • University of Oklahoma (Norman, OK)
  • Oklahoma State University (Stillwater, OK)
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Harvard University (Cambridge, MA)

Applied for a B.A. in Molecular Biology

Accepted and Enrolled Legacy: No

School Specific Essays

I wrote an essay based around Drake's song The Motto and the popularity of the phrase You Only Live Once (YOLO). In the essay I explored the deeper ideas behind such a statement (a sort of modern-day carpe diem), and the need for people who are not afraid to take risks and to be passionate about doing good and helping others. In it I spoke of my own experiences in leadership and service and the ways in which I hoped...
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Supplemental Essay: Issue of personal significance
709 Words
“Welcome to Warner. Population: 1641” Home of the Warner Eagles, NFL Player Quinn Jones, Paralympian Cassie Mitchell, and, of course, Cow Chip Day. That’s right, a whole celebration named after bovine droppings. Warner is just your average rural Oklahoma town, where everybody knows everybody, where fall Friday nights are spent cheering on the football team, and where town gossip can spread like wildfire. Growing up in a small town definitely has its ups and downs, but it has most certainly...
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School Specific Advice

Additional material sent in after waitlisted or deferred
55 Words
I was initially deferred EA at Harvard, and then accepted RD. I sent standard resume updates by...
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More Essays

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General Admissions Advice

What set me apart from other applicants
134 Words
I came from a very small, rural high school (where no student had attended the private schools I applied to) in a very poor part of the state. I spoke a lot about my experiences growing up in an exceptionally...
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Whether I took out loans or applied for scholarships, and my advice
62 Words
I think it's so worth it to apply to as many scholarships as possible and really seek out as...
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My advice about getting recommenders
78 Words
Try to get to know 2-3 teachers/mentors really well during your time in high school. My recommenders could, of course, speak of...
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High School Performance

Weighted GPA
4.5
 
Rank
Top 1%
 
Academic Performance in High School Steady

Test Scores

Highest ACT
36
 
ACT Score Details
 
Other ACT Scores
ACT Prep
Highest SAT
2150
 
SAT Score Details
 
Converted SAT Score1490
Other SAT Scores
SAT Prep
SAT IIs
PSAT Scores

AP / IB Classes and Scores

Details8 classes and scores

Sports

Extracurriculars

Activities4-H, Quiz Bowl/Academic Bowl, Student Council / Government, Marching Band, Choir, Yearbook, Church, National Honor Society

Experience & Awards

Awards Received

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