College Admissions Info

dkragheb
dkragheb
Harvard University, ‘20
BA, Neuroscience and Neurobiology

Profile Overview

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

Student Background

Harvard Premed student curious about all things. And always hungry.
From: Los Angeles , California
Gender: Male
First Gen College Student: No
Race/Ethnicity: White Non-Hispanic
Accepted At: Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, UPenn, USC, UC Berkeley, UCLA, UC Irvine, UCSD, UCSB, UC Riverside, Duke, Georgetown, WashU, JHU, UVA, Northwestern
Denied At:
Waitlisted At:
Withdrew From:

Test Scores

2280
SAT
32
ACT
Converted SAT Score: 1550
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High School Performance

4.4524
GPA, Weighted
Top 1%
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Academic Performance in High School: Steady

Extracurriculars & Awards

Sports: Volleyball, Basketball
Extracurricular Activities: Other Religious Affiliation, American Red Cross, Tutoring/Mentoring, Student Council / Government
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College Application Essays

Personal Statement for Harvard, Columbia, Yale, Princeton, Cornell, Dartmouth, Brown, UPenn, USC, UC Berkeley, UCLA, UC Irvine, UCSD, UCSB, UC Riverside, Duke, Georgetown, Stanford, UChicago, UMich, WashU, JHU, UVA, Northwestern: Ethical dilemma, Failure experience, Issue of personal significance, Near death experience, One moment that changed you, Overcoming a health obstacle, Overcoming personal struggle, Story central to identity, Transition to adulthood, Your disability
674 Words
It was freshman year of high school, and I wasn't eating enough. Following two days of sickness, primarily blurry vision and agonizing headaches, my mother announced her personal diagnosis: insufficient eating. When the pain became more than I could bare, after I ate a dinner for four to appease my worried parents, I went to the emergency room. There, an observant nurse and an incredulous doctor discovered an anomaly. It was freshman year of high school, and my body was...









Supplemental Essay for Harvard: Unique question posed by school
831 Words
Who Am I? What makes us unique? What defines us? Three features special to each individual: our experiences, our minds, and our personalities. What have we undergone, how do we reason, and how do we affect others around us? Defining these three aspects of my person is a significant part of my application, my penchants, and my aspirations. Our minds and bodies have always captivated me in a unique way. Such is my rush, and adrenaline junkies seeking similar pleasure...











Supplemental Essay for Yale: “Why us” school essay
102 Words
I used to fear not having the answer to a problem. In the maths and sciences, I loved the sensation of circling my solution at the end. Yet, a passion for the unanswerable perfectly matches my inquisitiveness. Yale is founded on such a principle of exploration. Each classroom thrives on discussion, introspection, and awareness of other perspectives, as it also poses questions unsolvable and instills the education of a conscientious citizen and a well-rounded scholar. Such a school which will...



Supplemental Essay for UPenn: Unique question posed by school
655 Words
I used to fear not having the answer to a problem. Even as I explored higher levels of math and science which required multiple pages for a single question, I loved the feeling of circling the answer at the end. That sense of accomplishment and confidence as I looked down at the single correct response was unmatched in my humanities classes. I can’t say I had an epiphany, as many others claim, during which I suddenly realized that a...









Supplemental Essay for UChicago: “Why us” school essay
636 Words
I used to fear not having the answer to a problem. Even as I explored higher levels of math and science which required multiple pages for a single question, I loved the feeling of circling the answer at the end. That sense of accomplishment and confidence as I looked down at the single correct response was unmatched in my humanities classes. I can’t say I had an epiphany, as many others claim, during which I suddenly realized that a...









Supplemental Essay for Northwestern: “Why us” school essay
301 Words
Northwestern is founded on three principles: preparation, exploration, and happiness. Preparation is essential. As a student with a passion in medicine I am unable to subdue, I crave an education that will adequately prepare me for the path ahead. Already actively pursuing all medical environments, from volunteering at hospitals, reading case histories of patients, and shadowing in the operating room, I understand that in the next step of my education I need a community that will propel me to new...





Supplemental Essay for Harvard, Columbia, Yale, Princeton, Cornell, Dartmouth, Brown, UPenn, USC, UC Berkeley, UCLA, UC Irvine, UCSD, UCSB, UC Riverside, Duke, Georgetown, Stanford, UChicago, UMich, WashU, JHU, UVA, Northwestern: Unique question posed by school
704 Words
Our minds and bodies have always captivated me in a unique way. Such is my rush, and adrenaline junkies seeking similar pleasure are common. Whether the specific excitement comes from jumping out of planes or trying a new dish, the search for thrill is a universal one. The human body, the natural key which holds answers to questions still unasked, fascinates me in such a manner inexplicable through speech. This intellectual fervor continually isolates me in thought and study, as...











Supplemental Essay for Duke: “Why us” school essay
147 Words
Exploration is growth. I used to fear not having the answer to a problem. Even as I ventured through higher levels of math and science which required multiple pages for a single question, I loved the feeling of circling the answer at the end. And yet, a love for the unanswerable perfectly matches my inquisitiveness rather than challenges my confidence. Blurring the line between subjects, and creating an interdisciplinary approach to questions which will produce a multitude of answers – or...



Supplemental Essay for Columbia: “Why us” school essay
282 Words
I used to fear not having the answer to a problem. Even as I explored higher levels of math and science which required multiple pages for a single question, I loved the feeling of circling the answer at the end. That sense of accomplishment and confidence as I looked down at the single correct response was unmatched in my humanities classes. I can’t say I had an epiphany, as many others claim, during which I suddenly realized that a...





Supplemental Essay for Brown: “Why us” school essay
102 Words
Brown is founded on two principles: freedom and happiness. Freedom is dangerous. Yet, for the most enthusiastic of learners, it can be thrilling. The absence of a core curriculum gives me the ability to explore all my curiosities. From political thought and law to ancient philosophy, I can satiate my inquisitiveness while still studying neuroscience. Happiness is rare. An individual before a student, I crave a community to call home for four years rather than buildings to call school. Understanding...



Supplemental Essay for Stanford: Unique question posed by school
254 Words
Idea or experience important to intellectual development Our minds and bodies have always captivated me in a unique way. Such is my rush, and adrenaline junkies seeking similar pleasure are common. Whether the specific excitement comes from jumping out of planes or trying a new dish, the search for thrill is a universal one. The human body, the natural key which holds answers to questions still unasked, fascinates me in such a manner inexplicable through speech. This intellectual fervor continually...





Supplemental Essay for Stanford: Unique question posed by school
256 Words
Note to future roommate I doubt you twitch in your sleep as much as I do. I know; it's a unique, bizarre characteristic to have. In fact, I'm sure we're completely different people and we'll find countless weird things about each other – but don't worry; I really enjoy getting to know others from diverse cultures, backgrounds, and families. I embrace unique qualities in others because I want to learn and accept inherent dissimilarities, and highlight their exceptionality. Likewise, I hope...





Supplemental Essay for Stanford: Strong beliefs/principles
260 Words
What matters to you, and why? Why? The simplicity of the question is as beautifully elegant as the answer is intricately eloquent. From the moment I understood that things happen I craved to understand why. Why do we think, act, and communicate in the way we do? I started to think about thinking, to question motivations behind actions, to continuously search for answers. Why are we able to formulate abstract thought, conceptualize past, present, and future, or express a conscious?...





College Admissions Advice

How I narrowed down my essay topics
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Write something specific, unique, and compelling about yourself. Every single personal statement essay I've edited, I've had to ask the student "why does this make you special?" Let me phrase it like this to you: you might...





How to deal with the stress of applying to college
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This is simple. Start early, edit often, and restart if needed. Do not get...





My advice about getting recommenders
164 Words
This is easily one of the most underrated parts in your application. College admissions officers put so much emphasis on your rec letters, and yet, kids spend so little time on them! So do yourself a favor and commit to finding stellar rec letters. Do this in...





Misconceptions I had about college before attending
160 Words
Everyone is just as nervous as you are to start college. And just as excited. Don’t be fooled into thinking that everyone has their lives figured out like I did. It can be real scary to come into college thinking you’re lost and drifting but everyone...





Post-college plans
161 Words
So obviously, this ranges from person to person. Many kids will want to go directly to grad school, be it med school, law school, or business school, and that’s perfectly fine. What else is perfectly fine, is doing none of the above. Not going to grad school...





What set me apart from other applicants
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Colleges want to see you be thoughtful. Be introspective, be critical of yourself, and show that you know you make...





Whether I used a private admissions counselor, and advice I received
100 Words
I did not use a private admissions counselor, and I don't think you really need one anyways. The majority of these people will give you advice you can easily google!...





Whether I took out loans or applied for scholarships, and my advice
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Apply, apply, apply. Whether it's through Fastweb, or your school programs, apply to as many scholarships as you can. And they don't always have to be...





Recommended summer activities during high school and college
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Honestly, do what you love. At this point, you're done applying and don't need to impress colleges,...





How I made up for low grades in high school
72 Words
Colleges understand that we all make mistakes, especially in our earlier years of high school. So take time to explain yourself! Many...





What I learned transitioning from high school to college
157 Words
To me, high school and college had one immediately noticeable difference in terms of classes. For me, high school was 7am to 3pm, and kids often didn't get home until 6 or 7 depending on sports, choir, dancing, etc. That's sometimes 12 hours! However, once home, we all had very...





Did you take a gap year? Tell us about your experience.
350 Words
I did not take a gap year, although I had the option to do so. In fact, many schools give students the option to "defer" their acceptance, which essentially means you take a gap year to do something and then go to the school you were admitted in to. I don't think there is a right answer to whether or not you should do this, but I do think there are certain questions you HAVE to ask yourself before making the decision. 1) Are you taking the gap year to do something you're passionate about, and something that you know you...







5 adjectives that describe a typical student at my school (Feel free to elaborate!) (Harvard)
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Ambitious, Curious,...





Research, job or internship opportunities available to students at my school (Harvard, Columbia, Yale, Princeton, Cornell, Dartmouth, Brown, UPenn)
132 Words
This is easily the biggest plus of going to an ivy. Connections and money mean opportunities in most fields, and the connections these old money schools have are limitless. Take advantage of this! Someone once told me something I've been...





How to increase chances at my school (Harvard, Princeton, Yale, Columbia, UChicago, Stanford, Duke, UPenn, Dartmouth, Northwestern, JHU, WashU, Brown, Cornell, Georgetown, UC Berkeley, UCLA, USC, UVA, UMich, UCSD, UCSB, UC Irvine, UC Riverside)
103 Words
Harvard, and almost all schools, accepts students not only based on individual capabilities, but also on how you will fit in with the rest of the class. They pride themselves on...





How I would describe the wider community surrounding campus (Harvard)
79 Words
Harvard is lucky to be right next to the beautiful city of Boston. Boston is filled with a million things to do, is considered...





List of schools I interviewed with and my interview experience (Harvard, Princeton, Yale, Columbia, Stanford, UPenn, Dartmouth, WashU, Brown, Cornell, UC Berkeley, USC)
121 Words
Interviewing for Harvard was actually one of the reasons I chose the school. I got to talk to an alumni who was wildly excited about the school for hours, and he did more of the selling...





My plans for a typical weekend (Harvard)
126 Words
I truly believe that this area is whatever you make of it. Some students really care about their extracurriculars, and thus spend the entire weekend at choir rehearsals. Others really value social life, and spend the majority of...





Why I declined other schools (Harvard)
75 Words
Harvard's reputation is of course, a big factor for many students when choosing where to go. However, for me, a big big selling...





How important school spirit is around athletics at my school (Harvard)
78 Words
Unfortunately, this is one thing that Harvard does not do well. Other than our yearly Harvard-Yale football game, students rarely go out for...





How I would rate the diversity of the student body (Harvard)
97 Words
This is also another part where Harvard lacks, especially economically. The majority of students seem to be extremely well off, while many others seem to have overcome many barriers,...





Most popular extracurricular activities at my college (Harvard)
115 Words
One of the coolest things about Harvard, and I’m sure this is true of many schools, is the extreme diversity in hobbies that people have. The majority of students actually do extracurriculars that they...