College Admissions Info

Barnard College, ‘16
BA, Foreign Languages and Literatures, French Language and Literature

Profile Overview

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

Student Background

Native Oregonian, part-time New Yorker.
From: Lebanon
Gender: Female
Race/Ethnicity: White Non-Hispanic
Legacy: No
Admission: Regular Decision
Applied To: 10 schools
Accepted At: Barnard, Bryn Mawr, Whitman, Smith
Denied At:
Waitlisted At:
Withdrew From:
Is English First Language: Yes
Other Language(s) Spoken: French, Russian

Test Scores

Converted SAT Score: 1420
Highest SAT: 2020
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High School Performance

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Top 1%
High School Type: Public
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Academic Performance in High School: Steady
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Extracurriculars & Awards

Sports: Soccer, Tennis
Extracurricular Activities: School Choir, Key Club, National Honor Society, Tutoring/Mentoring
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College Application Essays

Personal Statement: Love of writing
526 Words
Like a Duck Takes to Water Not many seventeen year olds can say they have written a book. Fewer can say they wrote a book at age sixteen. Still fewer are able to say that, at age sixteen, they wrote a book in the space of a month. I can. When people learn this about me, they are often unsure of what blend of “you’re crazy!” and “that’s amazing!” to respond with. To me, though, it seems perfectly...

Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
150 Words
Barnard's essay asks you to talk about both a time when you majored in Unafraid, based on a quote from alum Anna Quindlen, and to choose a woman (fictional, historical, or contemporary) to have a conversation with and to explain why you chose that woman and what your conversation would be about. For majoring in Unafraid, I wrote about taking calculus instead of choir my senior year of high school, even though I was not a strong math student and...

Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
2 Words
Why Barnard?

Additional Essay Details:
972 Words
In summary, for my personal statements and supplemental essays, I wrote about my passion for writing, National Novel Writer's Month, why Barnard, the time I majored in unafraid by taking calculus instead of choir, and having a conversation with Anne Boleyn. These essays are VITAL parts of your application. This is where the admissions officers really get to know you as a student, and as a person. While it is understandable that you're trying your best to get into a...

College Admissions Advice

Most popular extracurricular activities at my college
64 Words
Students at Barnard College are extremely proactive people, which makes the most popular extracurricular activity Student Government Association (SGA)....

My favorite course thus far, and why
150 Words
I'm hard pressed to narrow down all the courses I've enjoyed to a single favorite course, so instead I'd like to offer the following information: the French department at Barnard is absolutely stellar. I've loved every course I've ever taken from a Barnard French professor....

Whether I used a private admissions counselor, and advice I received
30 Words
I didn't have access to a private admissions counselor,...

Why I ultimately chose my school
75 Words
Ultimately, I chose my school because of the location (New York City is hard to beat), and because of the relationship with Columbia...

List of schools I interviewed with and my interview experience
58 Words
I interviewed with Barnard over the phone because I live in an area not visited by Barnard...

How I chose schools to apply to
22 Words
I chose schools that were almost exclusively...

Whether I took out loans or applied for scholarships, and my advice
110 Words
I've received scholarships, grants, and loans. This is hard to give advice on because aid hugely varies from case to case, but I will recommend that you reach out not only to financial...

My advice about getting recommenders
90 Words
If you can, get recommendations from both humanities and STEM teachers. Barnard especially wants to see that you're doing your best to diversify your education, and one...

5 adjectives that describe a typical student at my school (Feel free to elaborate!)
5 Words
Busy, determined,...

What I’d change about my school if I were student body president
78 Words
The only thing that I wish my school were better at is being green friendly. The first weekend I spent at school, I...

What I now know about my school that I never would have known prior to enrolling
51 Words
I never would have known how seriously the admissions office takes it's job. The staff...

How to approach transferring schools
86 Words
Transferring is an extremely difficult subject, but the best advice I have is that if you think you're interested in transferring, talk to people early. Start...

What I’d change about my application process
10 Words
Honestly there's nothing...

Recommended summer activities during high school and college
29 Words
If possible, do camps or work, even if the...

What set me apart from other applicants
35 Words
Demographically, I come from a single-parent household, one of my parents...

Why I declined other schools
74 Words
I declined other schools because nothing could compare to Barnard. The school was literally everything I wanted: a small, private liberal arts...

Post-college plans
28 Words
I'm hoping to enter directly into the work...

What I like about my school’s location and culture
65 Words
I lived in a small city for a lot of my life, and I didn't enjoy a minute of it....

Reaching out to professors and coaches at schools I applied to
69 Words
I really didn't do this when I was applying to schools, but in terms of professors, I recommend reaching out to...

Additional material sent in after waitlisted or deferred
74 Words
I was never in this situation, so I'm not able to answer from that side. However, I do work for the Admissions...

My extracurricular activities in college, and why I chose them
67 Words
I have a work study job, a side job, and I'm involved with Student Government. Coming from a more economically...