College Admissions Info

alishaz
alishaz
Stanford University, ‘21
BS, Political Science and Government

Profile Overview

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

Student Background

A Cameron Impact Scholar, aspiring human rights lawyer, committed hiker, and proud tree.
From: Portland , Oregon
Gender: Female
Race/Ethnicity: Asian
Accepted At: Yale, UPenn, Georgetown, UC Berkeley, USC, Notre Dame, UCLA, BC, Brandeis
Denied At:
Waitlisted At:
Withdrew From:

Test Scores

33
ACT
SAT IIs:
Highest ACT:
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ACT Prep:

High School Performance

4.50
GPA
Top 1%
Rank
AP / IB Classes and Scores:
College Classes In High School:
Academic Performance in High School: Steady

Extracurriculars & Awards

Sports: Lacrosse, Cross Country
Extracurricular Activities: National Honor Society, Community Cleanup / Service, Nonprofit, NGO or Charitable Organization, Student Council / Government
Work:
Awards Received:

College Application Essays

Personal Statement for Stanford, Yale, UPenn, Georgetown, USC, Notre Dame, BC, Brandeis: Issue of personal significance, Leadership experience, Volunteer/public interest work
664 Words
When I began high school in the heart of downtown Portland, my daily commutes revealed something I had never noticed before. Nestled in the shadows of Chinatown was a thriving homeless camp, sharply juxtaposed with the abandoned buildings right next door. Although the camp was surrounded by a rainbow of vibrant signs, I saw adults huddled underneath what looked like oversized tables protected only by tarps. What I found most shocking was that despite living along Portland’s busiest road...









Supplemental Essay for UPenn: “Why us” school essay
674 Words
I’m looking for a school that makes me tick. For a place that thrives on interdisciplinary learning. For a think-tank bustling with leading experts and mentors. For somewhere that encourages me to apply my knowledge beyond the classroom. And, most importantly, for a community that truly understands the power of service-learning and collective impact. As I went through my college search with this checklist in mind, I found that there’s only one school that surpasses what I hope...









Supplemental Essay for Notre Dame: Unique question posed by school
205 Words
"This is your chance to take a risk." While experimenting with cooking in middle school, I realized that the ingredients within my pantry did not have to follow a recipe book—I could skip the milk and create lactose free ice cream using a single banana. With just the right blend of ingredients, the condiments of the latest recipe I’ve created will give you one serving of me. Ingredients 1 ounce of curiosity 2 cups of passion fruit 2 leaves from the...





Supplemental Essay for USC: Strong beliefs/principles
229 Words
"What is something about yourself that is essential to understanding you?" CE 400-500. My family legend holds that over hundreds of years, my ancestors immigrated through mountainous terrain from Mongolia to China. In the last few generations, no single family remained in one area, constantly venturing out into unfamiliar worlds in search of nothing but new perspectives and experiences. Resilient, my family continued on, eventually settling over a thousand miles away in the city of Dalian. 1989. Amidst the shouts and...





Supplemental Essay for UC Berkeley, UCLA: Other
354 Words
"What would you say is your greatest talent or skill? How have you developed and demonstrated that talent over time?" Slow down. Predict. Strategize. Trust your gut. These are the steps you have to take in order to win a game of chess. Growing up, my Saturday nights consisted of an eight by eight chess board, managing to captivate me for hours on end. Through eight hour tournaments and even longer days spent honing in my skills and analyzing different...





Supplemental Essay for Stanford: Other
167 Words
"Briefly elaborate on one of your extracurricular activities or work experiences. (150 word limit)" As the first youth to serve on Portland’s Human Rights Commission (HRC), I was nervous. Despite feeling a strong commitment to the invisible homeless population and vocal youth in my community, I questioned what impact I could have alongside experienced adults. However, I began to realize that each commissioner spoke through their own experiences. Our personal voices were just as important as the decisions we made...



Supplemental Essay for Stanford, Yale: Amusing anecdote
265 Words
"What matters to you, and why? (100 to 250 words)" On an ordinary Saturday morning three years ago, I was with my Hope For Homeless Club serving home-cooked breakfasts. As I delivered plates piled high with steaming sausages and cereal, I was surprised when a man beckoned me to sit down. “What would you do if you had a brain tumor and no family or friends left?” I couldn’t look up, struggling to imagine having to constantly search for ways to...





Supplemental Essay for Stanford: Unique question posed by school
304 Words
"Virtually all of Stanford's undergraduates live on campus. Write a note to your future roommate that reveals something about you or that will help your roommate -- and us -- know you better. (100 to 250 words)" Dear future roommate, Because it’s impossible to have too much chocolate, the plate of double chocolate chip cookies (my favorite recipe!) beside this note is for you. Anyway, my hometown’s motto is “Keep Portland Weird.” I promise you that although I may not...





College Admissions Advice

What set me apart from other applicants
200 Words
When I began receiving mail and notes from my admissions officers from the schools that I had been accepted to, I noticed that all the AO's commented on my passion for human rights and dedication to my work on youth homelessness. Showing passion and commitment is definitely important in college admissions and can often make up for subpar grades...





What I’d change about my application process
225 Words
First: Start. Your. Essays. Early. Especially before you become stressed with senior year and approaching deadlines! I wish I had worked on and finished my common app essay over the summer so that I could focus on finishing up standardized testing and all the supplementary essays each school requires. I started brainstorming my essay in September and edited my common app essay up until January 1st, which...





Whether I took out loans or applied for scholarships, and my advice
213 Words
I applied to most of my scholarships during the fall of senior year. While it's the most stressful period because of first semester grades and college applications, it's the window for the best-valued scholarships. Because I prioritized scholarship applications over my college applications in September, I ended up receiving the full tuition, merit-based Cameron Impact Scholarship and several other smaller scholarships. I think...





How to increase chances at my school (Stanford)
98 Words
Stanford is by far one of the most holistic schools out there. Rather than focusing on increasing that 32 ACT score or taking subject tests just because it is "highly...





What might make for a good “Why Us” essay topic at my school (Yale)
133 Words
Because Yale only gives you 100 words for the "Why Us" essay, rather than listing a ton of different aspects you like about the school, focus on one that aligns with your interests and what you will bring to them. While...





5 adjectives that describe a typical student at my school (Feel free to elaborate!) (UPenn)
6 Words
Entrepreneurial, intellectual,...