College Admissions Info

blakejkaplan
blakejkaplan
Duke University, ‘18
BS, Computer Science

Profile Overview

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

Student Background

Computer Science Student Committed to Software Engineering Position
From: Rye Brook , New York
Gender: Male
Race/Ethnicity: White Non-Hispanic
Accepted At: Case, Binghamton, Northeastern
Denied At:
Waitlisted At:
Withdrew From:

Test Scores

34
ACT
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High School Performance

4.24
GPA
Top 1%
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Academic Performance in High School: Steady

Extracurriculars & Awards

Sports: Track & Field, Cross Country
Extracurricular Activities: Tutoring/Mentoring, School Newspaper/Magazine/Journalism, Computer / Technology Volunteer
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College Application Essays

When my mom told my brother and me that there had been big changes over the summer, we immediately imagined a new flat screen television in the basement. We were wrong. While my brother and I were at camp, my mom went to see an eye specialist in Boston. He told her that she would no longer be able to drive. My mom has Retinitis Pigmentosa, a retinal degenerative eye disease that is slowly weakening her vision. We’d always...









Supplemental Essay for Duke: “Why us” school essay
149 Words
During my visit, I was very impressed with the resources that Duke has to offer for a student interested in Computer Science. The Duke immersive Virtual Environment room particularly intrigued me. The room is a valuable resource that is adaptable to a variety of purposes and subjects. As a visual learner and a lover of innovative technology, it is a place where my passion and learning would come together. I hope to get involved with research while at school and...



Supplemental Essay for UMich: “Why us” school essay
417 Words
As a prospective computer science major, I understood that the University of Michigan’s program is among the elite programs in the United States. I was inspired to look deeper into UM’s program and was very impressed with the resources that are available. Just looking at the list of courses, I really value the variety of subject areas that are covered. After forming a strong foundation, I would really be able to focus in on what sub-category of computer...







Supplemental Essay for UVA: Unique question posed by school
260 Words
To Tweet or Not to Tweet A tweet is a form of self-expression, an outlet for anyone to say whatever comes to their mind at a given time. Twitter offers both a sense of individuality and community. Simply by clicking on a hashtag, a user can see all posts that have a theme common to theirs. In this aspect, the user can see that they are not the only one that feels a certain way. Furthermore, Twitter offers the ability...





College Admissions Advice

How to deal with the stress of applying to college
76 Words
Of course the process is difficult. It is important to understand that the process is also difficult for the universities. They receive applications...





How I narrowed down my essay topics
39 Words
I wrote many different essays and many iterations of each topic. Try...





Post-college plans
36 Words
You should be picky. You should enjoy where you work. Be...