katiehara4,
Columbia ‘21
B.A., Film, Video, and Photography
N/A
Features Included
6
Essays
1
Schools
7
Scores
6
Advice
3
ECs
2
Sports

Background

Hometown Baltimore, Maryland
GenderFemale
EthnicityPrefer Not to Share
First Gen College StudentNo

Results, Essays, and Advice

Accepted
Waitlisted or Withdrew
Denied
  • Columbia University (New York, NY)
  • Columbia Southern University (Orange Beach, AL)
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Columbia Southern University (Orange Beach, AL)

Applied for a B.A. in Film, Video, and Photography

Accepted and Enrolled Legacy: No

School Specific Essays

Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story.
At 9,500 feet above sea level towering over my motherland, surrounded by icy clouds, I was a queen. I was also an insignificant speck dwarfed by the sheer size of the snow-capped mountains. My descriptions of the Caucasus Mountains are futile, I know, so perhaps if I tell you how I found myself in such an extraordinary position, my story will make more sense. Ever since my childhood, I have been captivated by Georgian dance. It fills me with both pride...
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Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
320 Words
Please tell us what you value most about Columbia and why. (300 words or less)
Ladies and Gents, presenting the ultimate dynamic duo: Columbia University meets New York City. The way I see it, each adds a distinct flavor to the other. New York is a bustling center of commerce, business, and entertainment. Columbia — one of the city’s centers for academia where fresh ideas burgeon and old ones are constantly reevaluated. At Columbia, I would be learning from film giants like Professor James Schamus whose course “Film Theory” would provide a firm foundation in...
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Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
160 Words
What aspect of the Columbia community, outside of the classroom, would you most want to impact and
why? (150 words or less)
Ever since I learned that Kathryn Bigelow was the first and only female to win an academy award for best director, I’ve wanted to be the second. My cinematographer is a man, my gaffer is a man, and even my set decorator is a man. I have directed four films, and all of my key co-workers in each production have been men. I’m determined to involve more women in filmmaking by launching a Women’s Collegiate Film Club,...
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Supplemental Essay: Intellectual interest
132 Words
For applicants to Columbia College, please tell us what from your current and past experiences (either
academic or personal) attracts you specifically to the field or fields of study that you noted in the
Member Questions section. If you are currently undecided, please write about any field or fields in which
you may have an interest at this time.
When I’m on set, I travel between parallel worlds. The lens becomes my eye and the set within its frame is my only reality. I'm an artist who strives to weave in her vision through effective mise-en-scène elements, but I’m also a businesswoman who wants to maximize a day’s productivity. My perfectionist nature takes over as I take a daily account of the equipment and props, and recalculate the budget to remove unnecessary costs. Maybe I...
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Supplemental Essay: Diversity statement
545 Words
Define Yourself
When I’m on set, I travel between parallel worlds. The lens becomes my eye and the set within its frame is my only reality. I am an artist who strives to weave in her vision through effective mise-en-scène elements, but I’m also a businesswoman who wants to maximize a day’s productivity. My perfectionist nature dominates as I take a daily account of the equipment and props and recalculate the budget to remove unnecessary costs. Maybe I...
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Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
314 Words
Celebrate an example of excellent teaching and how it illuminated the subject you were
studying. Why did it resonate with you and excite your intellectual curiosity?
A few brave students unsuccessfully ventured up to Dr. Kraus’ desk. All of us stole cold glances at her and grumbled. It took me about seven minutes to realize that our teacher had no intention of explaining the lab she had just handed out to us. It was our first lab for AP Biology, and all I had on the lab table was a gallon of milk, a bottle of acid, and some beakers. I dived into making calculations for...
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School Specific Advice

How I would describe the wider community surrounding campus
100 Words
So the truth is that Columbia is not in the center of NY. It's actually pretty high up and about a 30 min subway ride to get to midtown which is...
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How I would rate the alumni network at my school
48 Words
The alumni network is great. The best way to reach out to alumni is...
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More Essays

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General Admissions Advice

How to deal with the stress of applying to college
89 Words
The most important thing when applying to colleges is to focus on yourself. It's hard when everyone around is talking about college but you need to understand...
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How I narrowed down my essay topics
76 Words
First you need to write out what are skills and extra-curricular activities that the college of your choice will love and be interested...
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Recommended summer activities during high school and college
77 Words
The most important thing is to do something that you are passionate about and something that is unique. I used to think that...
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What I’d change about my application process
120 Words
I would change my first Common App Essay that I sent to Penn and which resulted in me getting a deferral letter. I think my first essay (not the one I uploaded) was too edited, too...
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High School Performance

Weighted GPA
4.70
(equivalent to 3.90 unweighted)
Rank
Top 5%
 
Academic Performance in High School Steady

Test Scores

Highest ACT
35
 
ACT Score Details
 
Other ACT Scores
ACT Prep
SAT IIs

AP / IB Classes and Scores

Details4 classes and scores

Sports

SportsFencing, Martial Arts

Extracurriculars

ActivitiesFilm, Other Club/Activity, Broadcast Journalism / Media / Television
Elaborate on Extracurriculars or Work

Experience & Awards

Volunteer Experiences
Awards Received
Application Additional Materials

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