Christina C
Christina C,
USC ‘19
Features Included


Hometown Camas, Washington
AdmissionEarly Decision
First Gen College StudentYes
English First Language Yes

Results, Essays, and Advice

Waitlisted or Withdrew
  • University of Southern California (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Stanford University (Stanford, CA)
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, MA)
  • Rice University (Houston, TX)
  • University of Washington (Seattle, WA)
  • Yale University (New Haven, CT)
  • Princeton University (Princeton, NJ)
  • University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ)
  • Arizona State University (Tempe, AZ)
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University of Southern California (Los Angeles, CA)

Applied for a B.S.

Accepted and Enrolled Legacy: No

School Specific Essays

School Specific Advice

More Essays

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On the first day of summer, instead of sleeping in or playing at the beach with my friends, I drove for an hour to [internship place]. I sat in Dr. 's office where he explained my internship project. He sputtered terms like "GtgyjbH" which I would come to know as the string of letters representing the name of the bacterial protein under scrutiny; but, at the time it simply sounded like literal "gibberish". The project's title itself was an enigma:...
Supplemental Essay “Why us” school essay
225 Words
Among all my academic endeavors, biology has been a constant subject that I've gravitated towards. My experience in Science Olympiad exposed me to all kinds of interesting studies; ecology, epidemiology, forensics, human anatomy- with so many fascinating choices, I wondered how I would ever choose a specific field to major in. It wasn't until I spent the summer in a lab researching a protein with potential to turn off virulence in bacteria that I realized molecular biology was the level...
Supplemental Essay Amusing anecdote
49 Words
Described that challenges that came from being a middle child. My challenges however were not your traditional forgotten middle child- it was about how I was in the middle of my older and younger sister's fighting and had to work with them to mediate their issues with each other.

General Admissions Advice

Why I ultimately chose my school
91 Words
I had the hardest decision of my life choosing between my state school (U of WA), U of AZ (full tuition scholarship), and University of Southern California....
Why I declined other schools
326 Words
U of WA was in-state tuition and has an extremely good rep. It's highly ranked on many lists-- some times ranking higher than University of Southern CA. I decided not to go because of their competitive majors and community. My older sister attends UW as do many people from my HS so this is where my insight comes from. If you don't know what major you want to pursue it can be very challenging to change your mind about a major once you've been accepted into it. For example, Computer Science is very competitive and if your college GPA isn't...
What I’d change about my application process
244 Words
Apply early!! My mom warned me and being the stubborn High schooler I was, I ignored her. I thought: I haven't had my full high school experience so how can I write on a prompt that asks for my favorite/best experience if it hasn't happened yet. This is partly true because I ended up writing on an internship that I did the summer before my senior year. However, as soon as senior...
Recommended summer activities during high school and college
177 Words
Try to get internships! It's fine to relax during your summer weekends but if you take too much of a break you'll find yourself bored and wasting time. If you can make money that's even better! Relations you make with employers or internship leaders can be vital sources for rec letters if you...
What set me apart from other applicants
157 Words
I think my application was unique because I had a well rounded amount of activities, top grades, and some leadership positions. While this may sound like a general good student, you have towrite about why your well roundedness, good grades, and leadership roles were distinct from others...

High School Performance

Weighted GPA
(equivalent to 4.00 unweighted)
Top 1%
High School TypePublic
Academic Performance in High School Steady

Test Scores

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Converted SAT Score1510
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AP / IB Classes and Scores

Details14 classes and scores


SportsSoccer, Tennis, Bowling


ActivitiesKey Club, Science Club/Team, DECA (Distributive Education Clubs of America), Debate Club/Team, Help Save Our Environment, National Honor Society, School Theater/Plays, Student Council / Government
Elaborate on Extracurriculars or Work

Experience & Awards

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