B.S., Physics
Texan. High school valedictorian in a class of 556. Played football all through high school, recruited by D3 schools, but ultimately decided not to play in college. Loving California, best decision I've ever made to attend UCLA.
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Hometown New Braunfels, Texas
EthnicityWhite Non-Hispanic
AdmissionRegular Decision
Class of2019
English First Language Yes
Other Language(s) Spoken Spanish

Results, Essays, and Advice

Waitlisted or Withdrew
  • University of California - Los Angeles (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Boston University (Boston, MA)
  • Columbia University (New York, NY)
  • Stanford University (Stanford, CA)
  • University of Chicago (Chicago, IL)
  • Washington University in St. Louis (St. Louis, MO)
  • Villanova University (Villanova, PA)
  • University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill (Chapel Hill, NC)
  • University of Vermont (Burlington, VT)
  • University of San Diego (San Diego, CA)
  • Colorado School of Mines (Golden, CO)
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University of California - Los Angeles (Los Angeles, CA)

Applied for a B.S. in Physics

Accepted and Enrolled Legacy: Grandparent(s)

School Specific Essays

School Specific Advice

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Personal Statement
719 Words
Story central to identity
As I walked into my first day of Spanish 3 Pre-AP, I certainly had no idea what I was in for. I never could've foreseen the profound impact the class would have on me. Once the bell rang, the teacher went through his standard first day procedures. As was customary, he told us a little bit about himself, but there was one catch: he spoke entirely in Spanish. We could understand some Spanish at this point, but this, this was full-speed,...
Supplemental Essay “Why us” school essay
174 Words
University of San Diego: For me, USD is the whole package. The school's liberal arts approach will provide the exposure I need to differing views through broad and diverse subject matter. The Roman Catholic tradition will also provide a spiritually and ethically rewarding experience through service to the surrounding community. Additionally, the school has a beautiful campus in an amazing city. At USD, I will be challenged to perform at the highest level possible. Not only will I be able...
Supplemental Essay Unique question posed by school
833 Words
UChicago prompt: What's so odd about odd numbers? I had originally planned to use "the number of odd numbers is just as unquantifiable as the number of even numbers" for this opening sentence. A seemingly simple, oddly worded statement to answer an odd essay prompt about odd numbers. Yet, the longer I think about about it, the more complicated it becomes, and the more questions it raises. I have come to three conclusions: (1) my brain is fried; (2) paradoxes are paradoxical;...
Supplemental Essay “Why us” school essay
226 Words
Boston University essay: Located in one of the greatest cities on Earth, every aspect of BU is infused with a culture of excellence, knowledge, and creativity. An excellent example of this culture is the student body, which is far from what anyone would call "ordinary". Students are from literally all backgrounds and cultures, and from my perspective, are fiercely driven and curious. They have a creativity and a love for learning that makes them a little quirky and very interesting....
Supplemental Essay Strong beliefs/principles
870 Words
Villanova essay: What sets your heart on fire? My interests encompass a wide variety of subjects. So wide, in fact, that many of my interests do not seem to be related at all. However, the apparent differences are actually one of the reasons for my interest in the first place. They allow me to understand relationships between different ideas or experiences, to see the same thing from different angles. Making these connections and realizing these interrelationships always produces an "aha!"...
Supplemental Essay Amusing anecdote
652 Words
University of California Prompt 1: I was born in Houston, Texas. I lived around the corner from Rice University. I went to preschool at Southampton Montessori with kids from around the world. I went to the same elementary school as Jeff Bezos, which I only know because he came to speak. Coming from such a culturally and academically diverse background, you can understand how much of a change it was moving to New Braunfels, Texas. New Braunfels follows the small-town Texas...
Supplemental Essay Amusing anecdote
465 Words
University of California Prompt 2: It was the second day of my junior year, and my friend was proudly wearing his "NBHS DECA" T-shirt. I had never heard of DECA before. Curious, I asked him more about it, and learned that it was "a club for, like, marketing and business", as he called it. He persuaded me to join, and we planned to compete together in the Sports and Entertainment Marketing Team event. About a month passed and it was time...
Supplemental Essay Scholarship application
566 Words
Saint Mary's College of California MAPS scholarship essay: I don't know what my future holds. I don't know what I want I want to do for a career. But I do know my beliefs. I believe that whatever path I choose, I will be successful. I also believe that the road to success is a lot of hard work, but if I stay true to myself and do something that interests me, something that really lights my fire, the road...
Supplemental Essay Scholarship application
577 Words
University of North Carolina Robertson Scholarship Essay 1: Describe a time you made an impact on a group or community. In what ways did you successfully engage others to accomplish the shared goal? How would you describe your leadership role in this endeavor? "What defense are they playing? Press?" I asked my friend and co-coach. He nodded. "Try crossing routes," I recommended. "Tell the QB to hit the receiver quick after the cross." "Play twelve! Hit him quick!" My friend yelled...
Supplemental Essay Scholarship application
587 Words
Robertson Scholarship essay 3: -We are surrounded by job opportunities and occupations that did not exist a decade ago. Professor Cathy Davidson suggests that 65 percent of students today will end up working in fields that have yet to be invented. What future job that does not currently exist would you love to explore and why? Although right now just a thing of science-fiction, the job of planetary engineer will soon enough become a real occupation. Planetary engineers would use various methods...
Additional Essay Details
642 Words
For essays wanting me to expand on extracurricular activities, I wrote about DECA, a marketing competition club. The reason I chose this as the subject of so many essays was because I felt that it was the easiest to write about that also showcased skill and achievement, since I made it to the International competition in DECA my junior year. I wrote over fifteen essays in my undergraduate application process. In my opinion, the University of Chicago had the most...

General Admissions Advice

Why I ultimately chose my school
53 Words
I found myself comparing every one of my school choices to UCLA, and finally figured out...
What I’d change about my application process
53 Words
I applied to 12 schools. I would not recommend applying to so many. I would find schools...
My advice about getting recommenders
43 Words
Find teachers and mentors you are very comfortable with. Most teachers will write...
What I like about my school’s location and culture
40 Words
The weather is unbeatable. The city is vibrant, has its own culture,...
Recommended summer activities during high school and college
39 Words
Community service is always a great option. Colleges like people involved in...
Whether I took out loans or applied for scholarships, and my advice
67 Words
I took out loans and applied for scholarships. I received a couple of scholarships, but it was not enough to...
Reaching out to professors and coaches at schools I applied to
146 Words
I reached out to a couple of physics professors at the schools I applied to. They were very helpful and delighted to be contacted specifically by a prospective student. They answered all the questions I had and directed me to websites or literature...

High School Performance

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Converted SAT Score1510
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SportsFootball (Recruited), Track & Field


ActivitiesDECA (Distributive Education Clubs of America), Science Club/Team, National Honor Society, After School Sports Coach, Community Cleanup / Service, Habitat for Humanity
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