College Admissions Info

Washington University in St. Louis, ‘19
BS, Biology and Biological Sciences, Neuroscience

Profile Overview

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

Student Background

To be perfectly honest I still can't believe I got into Wash U.
From: , California
Gender: Female
Race/Ethnicity: White Non-Hispanic
Legacy: Other Family Member
Admission: Regular Decision
Applied To: 10 schools
Accepted At: UCSD, WashU, Smith
Denied At:
Waitlisted At:
Withdrew From:
Is English First Language: Yes
Other Language(s) Spoken: Spanish, Hebrew

Test Scores

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High School Performance

GPA, Weighted
High School Type: Public
AP / IB Classes and Scores:
Academic Performance in High School: Steady
Explanation of Any Low Grades:

Extracurriculars & Awards

Extracurricular Activities: School Newspaper/Magazine/Journalism, Local Orchestra / Symphony / Band
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College Application Essays

Personal Statement: Failure experience
659 Words
When I signed up for nonfiction, it was not because I was drawn to journalism, but rather because of what it would demand of me - self improvement. Journalism encompassed all the skills I considered my weakest. Five paragraph essays had served me well from fifth to ninth grade, but were too long and analytical for the likes of journalism. I could hardly lead an in-class presentation, let alone lead an interview. I wanted to learn how to communicate effectively...

Additional Essay Details:
7 Words
WUSTL did not have any additional essays

College Admissions Advice

What set me apart from other applicants
72 Words
I think what ended up pushing me over the top was that I filled a relatively unique niche in applicants- a student...

My advice about getting recommenders
149 Words
I was fortunate enough to have established deep relationships with three of my junior year teachers, so asking them for recommendations made perfect sense because I knew that they knew me well and liked me. If you don't have a particularly strong relationship with any...

Whether I took out loans or applied for scholarships, and my advice
119 Words
I was dumb and didn't apply for merit scholarships at Wash U because, after being rejected ED from Rice, I was completely sure I wouldn't get into Wash U. So, never assume your application will be...

What I’d change about my application process
34 Words
When colleges say that they don't require an interview and...

Why I ultimately chose my school
241 Words
I went back and forth between UCSD and Wash U essentially up until the last minute. I eliminated Smith for being too far in the middle of nowhere and for not having as much of a science focus as I wanted, but I still believe Smith is an excellent institution. No matter where I went, I'd have had to take out loans of similar amounts, so I wasn't basing my decision on...

Post-college plans
23 Words
My ultimate goal is to work in...