College Admissions Info

wmgardner
wmgardner
Harvard University ‘17
BA, Molecular Biology

Profile Overview

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

Student Background

Recent Harvard graduate from rural Oklahoma!
From: Warner , Oklahoma
Gender: Male
Race/Ethnicity: White Non-Hispanic
Accepted At: MIT, UChicago, Oklahoma U, Oklahoma State
Denied At:
Waitlisted At:
Withdrew From:

Test Scores

2150
SAT
36
ACT
Converted SAT Score: 1490
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High School Performance

4.50
GPA
Top 1%
Rank
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Academic Performance in High School: Steady

Extracurriculars & Awards

Extracurricular Activities: 4-H, Quiz Bowl/Academic Bowl, Student Council / Government, Marching Band, Choir, Yearbook, Church, National Honor Society
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College Application 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...



Supplemental Essay for Harvard, MIT, UChicago: 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...











College 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...





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...





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...





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