College Admissions Info

Carnegie Mellon University, ‘21
BS, Computer Engineering

Profile Overview

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

Student Background

Carnegie Mellon University Computer Engineering Student
From: Fairview , Cuba
Gender: Male
First Gen College Student: Yes
Race/Ethnicity: Hispanic
Accepted At: RPI, Stevens, New Jersey IT
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Test Scores

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High School Performance

(no specification of weighting)
Top 25%
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Academic Performance in High School: Steady

Extracurriculars & Awards

Sports: Track & Field
Extracurricular Activities: National Honor Society, Quiz Bowl/Academic Bowl, Computer / Technology Volunteer
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College Application Essays

My parents have always struggled with English. As a kid, I always thought it was because they didn't watch Dora the Explorer. Yes, that little girl and her anthropomorphic friends were my Rosetta Stone. Born in Cuba, I was deeply engrossed in the culture: I landed in America still singing “Guajiro Natural,” a song symbolic of Cuban farmer culture. Learning the English language was the first step in my metamorphosis, and Dora was largely responsible for teaching me. Once I...

Supplemental Essay for CMU: “Why us” school essay
490 Words
“El Circulo” is what first got me interested in Carnegie Mellon University. It’s a course at the Department of Modern Language designed to help Latino children keep in touch with their culture. I am Cuban, and though Spanish was my first language, I’ve struggled with my ethnic identity. My skill with Spanish has fluctuated as a result, but I’m resolved to never lose that part of me. Spanish connects me to a whole other plethora of cultures,...

Supplemental Essay for New Jersey IT: Other
296 Words
AP Physics C was the most challenging class I've ever taken. The class prepared us for both the Mechanics and the Electromagnetism AP exams, meaning 2 years of study were crammed into one. Even after my previous 2 years of physics, every new chapter was challenging, and nothing ever felt easy. No other class had such a powerful, difficult workload, and I felt like I'd be better off just dropping the class. But I didn't. I had already come so far in...

Supplemental Essay for Brown: Other
328 Words
The​ ​programming​ ​language​ ​Java​ ​features​ ​the​ ​use​ ​of​ ​the​ ​object,​ ​which​ ​is​ ​an​ ​instance​ ​of​ ​a class.​ ​A​ ​class​ ​can​ ​be​ ​thought​ ​of​ ​as​ ​a​ ​set​ ​of​ ​traits​ ​used​ ​to​ ​group​ ​information​ ​together.​ ​If​ ​“human” was​ ​a​ ​class,​ ​it​ ​would​ ​probably​ ​be​ ​defined​ ​by​ ​traits​ ​like​ ​vertebrate,​ ​bipedal,​ ​mammalian,​ ​or​ ​sapient. An​ ​object​ ​is​ ​an​ ​instance​ ​of​ ​the​ ​class​ ​“human”:​ ​me,​ ​for​ ​example.​ ​I​ ​have​ ​all​ ​the​ ​traits​ ​that​ ​a​ ​human does,​ ​but​ ​I​ ​might​ ​also​ ​have​ ​some​ ​that​ ​are​ ...

Supplemental Essay for MIT, Princeton: Other
200 Words
I remember when my parents first told me my grandfather was an inventor. My mind was blown: my own grandfather shared a job with the likes of Tesla, Da Vinci, and the Wright Brothers? To 10-year-old me, this was incredible. My grandfather invented an apparatus for electro-acupuncture, as well as a syringe and needle destroyer. As a fifth-grader, I didn’t really understand what that meant for the world, but regardless, I was amazed to be in the same family...

College Admissions Advice

What I’d change about my application process
104 Words
A lot of my application process felt like I was up against the clock. If I could go back in time and make some different choices, I would definitely try to...

What set me apart from other applicants
153 Words
I am a Hispanic immigrant. I came to America in 2003 as a 4-year-old. This piece of diversity helps set me apart, and inspired my main essay, which deals heavily with the cultural conflict of being an Americanized Cuban with very Cuban parents. Besides this, my parents...

Recommended summer activities during high school and college
141 Words
My high school summers were different each year. At the end of Sophomore year, I got a job at ShopRite so that I could learn how to work and ear a wage. I also took on a Math Analysis 2 (Pre-Calculus) summer...