Macaulay Honors
B.A., Political Science and Government
Hi! I’m Marissa, and I’m part of Macaulay at Hunter’s class of 2022!
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Hometown New York, New York
EthnicityAsian, White Non-Hispanic
Class of2022
First Gen College StudentNo

Results, Essays, and Advice

Waitlisted or Withdrew
  • New York University (New York, NY)
  • Fordham University (New York, NY)
  • Colby College (Waterville, ME)
  • Boston University (Boston, MA)
  • Binghamton University - SUNY (Binghamton, NY)
  • Hofstra University (Hempstead, NY)
  • Cornell University (Ithaca, NY)
  • Wellesley College (Wellesley, MA)
  • Northeastern University (Boston, MA)
  • Princeton University (Princeton, NJ)
  • Tulane University (New Orleans, LA)
  • Bowdoin College (Brunswick, ME)
  • Dartmouth College (Hanover, NH)
  • Adelphi University  (Garden City, NY)
  • Baruch College - CUNY (New York, NY)
  • City College - CUNY (New York, NY)
  • St. John's University (Queens, NY)
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Macaulay Honors College - CUNY (New York, NY)

Applied for a B.A. in Political Science and Government

Accepted and Enrolled Legacy: No

School Specific Essays

Share an essay on any topic of your choice. It can be one you’ve already written, one that responds to a different prompt, or one of your own design.
I met Ziva in an unexpected text from my mother. Ziva is a Shepherd mix, she wrote, followed by a photograph of a young dog with wide brown eyes radiating warmth through the latticework of her cage. Caramel- colored eyebrows stood out against her dark coat, her expression permanently surprised, yet friendly. The text came after my mother had discovered Ziva on Facebook. When we squeezed into the small room at the Town of North Hempstead Animal Shelter, Ziva initially...
Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
220 Words
What about being a student at Boston University most excites you?
From the moment I ran out of the pouring rain and into the Admissions center to join my tour, I knew I wanted to spend the next 4 years at Boston University. Subway sandwich in hand and campus map in the other, I made my first trek down Commonwealth Avenue. I quickly developed a love for all the small quirks of the university, like the BU beach. However, it was the academics that truly stole my heart. No other institution offers...
Supplemental Essay: Scholarship application
484 Words
Kilachand Honors College offers a challenging liberal arts education grounded in critical and creative thinking and interdisciplinary problem-solving. What do you think this approach means? Reflect on what has been missing in your education to date, giving at least one concrete example to support your response. How would Kilachand’s interdisciplinary curriculum fulfill your academic, creative, int
I’ve never been one to stick to a single topic. I can recall countless occasions in my third grade classroom where my curiosity was prompted by a connection. I would flip to a different section of my binder, trying to find what stimulated that link. One memory involved inquiring about the science behind my painting drying darker than it originally was. My teacher could not answer that question, and I took it upon myself to research at home. I...
Supplemental Essay: Scholarship application
353 Words
The German poet Johann Wolfgang von Goethe wrote: “One cannot escape the world more certainly than through art, and one cannot bind oneself to it more certainly than through art.” With extended reference to one novel, poem, play, piece of music, or work of art, please discuss what you believe this sentence to mean.
I always look forward to visiting Mrs. Frances Leyland. It was with her that I first understood how art can have a vivid existence outside of its frame. The subject of James McNeill Whistler’s Symphony in Flesh Colour and Pink, I first saw Mrs. Leyland in a rounded gallery at The Frick Collection. I was immediately drawn to her, despite the muted tones and her demure expression. I took in all the small details, such as the flowers cascading...
Supplemental Essay: Scholarship application
240 Words
"Something that's not on the resume"

Give us a glimpse of a passion, dream, or mental pursuit that absorbs and delights you.
It was the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, the day of our annual Little Neck run. Four years on the cross- country team, and I had never been able to complete this one workout. It was intimidating- over ten miles, with half on the road after the hilly trail ends. I walked out of the locker room with low expectations, already hindered by shin splints. I began at a steady pace, using this run as a time to appreciate the beauty of...
Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
447 Words
Tell us about your intellectual interests, how they sprung from your course, service, work or life experiences, and what makes them exciting to you. Describe how ILR is the right school for you to pursue these interests. (Please limit your response to 650 words.)
The first coworker I met was an eight-foot tall paper mache polar bear. One of the warehouse’s prominent donations, I greeted Gus each morning as I stepped out of the ninth-floor elevator and into the office. I spent my summer as an intern at Materials for the Arts, a nonprofit run by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. Materials is a magical place, a warehouse filled with hundreds of yards of fabric, every color sequin one can...
Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
385 Words
We would like to know more about your interest in NYU. We are particularly interested in knowing what motivated you to apply to NYU and more specifically, why you have applied or expressed interest in a particular campus, school, college, program, and/or area of study? If you have applied to more than one, please tell us why you are interested in each of the campuses, schools, colleges, or program
NYU has always been present in my life, in small ways like the bumper sticker on the Honda declaring my mother an alumni and in the periodical letters I would bring in from the mailbox. As my junior year began these mailings continued to come from the university- now addressed to me. After learning more about NYU online and visiting the campus, I realized that the academic rigor, school size, and community fit were a complete match for what I...
Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
350 Words
When choosing a college community, you are choosing a place where you believe that you can live, learn, and flourish. Generations of inspiring women have thrived in the Wellesley community, and we want to know what aspects of this community inspire you to consider Wellesley. We know that there are more than 100 reasons to choose Wellesley, but the ''Wellesley 100'' is a good place to start.
Whoever labeled New York as “the city that never sleeps” knew what they were talking about. I can recall the countless nights I was kept awake by the sonorous medley of train whistles, cars skidding to avoid the pothole in front of my house, and tourists returning to the hotel down the block. Over the years I have grown comfortable with the loudness, and realized I enjoy a loud, thriving environment. At Wellesley, I can easily see myself enjoying an...
Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
376 Words
Please describe why you are interested in attending Tulane University (optional).
My first impression of Tulane came in an olive green card delivered in the mail. My eyes immediately latched onto my favorite color, leading me to unknowingly discover my possible future. After learning more about Tulane online, I realized that the academic rigor, school size, and community fit were a complete match for what I wanted in a university. I am not the type of student who can settle on studying one subject alone, and I believe Tulane would give...
Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
102 Words
While arguing a Dartmouth-related case before the U.S. Supreme Court in 1818, Daniel Webster, Class of 1801, uttered this memorable line: ''It is, Sir…a small college. And yet, there are those who love it!'' As you seek admission to the Class of 2022, what aspects of the College’s program, community, or campus environment attract your interest?
Visiting Dartmouth wasn’t in my summer plans, but my dog needed a break from our six-hour road trip. After finding parking and untangling Ziva’s leash, I got a chance to take in the lush green lawns and trees that framed each building. However, it was the students that struck me the most. I was surrounded by packs of frisbee players, friends reading to each other outside Left Bank Books, and echoes of laughter throughout ‘53 Commons. It was the...
Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
280 Words
Twenty years ago, the world met Harry Potter and his companions. One of the more memorable lines from the J.K. Rowling series was spoken by Albus Dumbledore: ''Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.'' What ideas or experiences bring you joy?
It was the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, the day of our annual Little Neck run. Four years on the cross country team, and I had never been able to complete this one workout. It was intimidating- over ten miles, with half on the road after the hilly trail ends. I walked out of the locker room with low expectations, already hindered by shin splints. I began at a steady pace, using this run as a time to appreciate the beauty of...

School Specific Advice

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General Admissions Advice

Recommended summer activities during high school and college
177 Words
Participate in what you enjoy, not what you think would look good on applications! My best supplements stemmed from activities I fully imersed myself in, and through which I was able to make an impact on others. Sophomore to junior year, I interned at an arts non-profit, at which I had a desk...
What I’d change about my application process
48 Words
I would definitely rethink my college list, and add more schools that I thought...
How to deal with the stress of applying to college
42 Words
Set aside one or two hours one day per week to solely focus...
What I’d change about my application process
41 Words
I would definitely take the SAT IIs seriously. I went into both...
Whether I took out loans or applied for scholarships, and my advice
90 Words
As my financial aid packages came in, I realized that some of my top schools were no longer a possibility because of money. Research early schools that...
How I narrowed down my essay topics
62 Words
I spent a couple months at the end of junior year just brainstorming topics. I had a notebook dedicated...

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SportsCross Country (Recruited), Track & Field, Soccer



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