B.A., Undecided
I'm an undergrad at Yale, probably going to major in something humanities-related, possibly linguistics.
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Hometown Northfield, Minnesota
EthnicityHispanic, White Non-Hispanic
Class of2022
First Gen College StudentNo

Results, Essays, and Advice

Waitlisted or Withdrew
  • Yale University (New Haven, CT)
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Yale University (New Haven, CT)

Applied for a B.A. in Undecided

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.
Sometimes, my name has an accent over the ‘a,’ but there’s never an ‘h’ after the ‘c.’ Nicolas or Nicolás. As a nickname, Nico, never Nick. It’s bilingual, and that’s why my parents chose it. Both of them, and my mother’s parents, speak Spanish fluently. My mother’s mother - my Abi - was born in Mexico. When I was a year old, my parents and I moved to Spain for a year so that...
Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
125 Words
What is it about Yale that has led you to apply?
The residential college system first caught my interest. It's important that I be part of a community to be comfortable in a new environment, and that's why the microcosms of the colleges appeal to me. Also, Yale's students have made clear to me that Yale's atmosphere is collaborative, not competitive, which adds to the community feeling. There are smaller things, too, which showed me that I would fit in at Yale. For example, Yale's political magazine, The Politic, is the...
Supplemental Essay: Intellectual interest
253 Words
What do you most enjoy learning?
I most enjoy learning about language. Since a young age, I’ve had a native knowledge of Spanish due to living in Spain for a year, but in seventh grade, I started taking German class, which awakened me to language’s wonders. From the moment I started, I found the new language fascinating. Though others in my class dreaded grammar days, those days were the ones I looked most forward to; new cases, tenses, and moods meant new ways for...
Supplemental Essay: Extracurricular activity
245 Words
Reflect on your engagement with a community to which you belong. How do you feel you have contributed to this community?
I belong to the youth community of my hometown. Through my time as a teenager, I’ve tried to leave a positive impact on the town through a couple avenues. The first is civic engagement through the Mayor’s Youth Council (MYC), which is an advisory board to the city council. My peers on the MYC and I try to make the youth voice heard by the local government as well as make the youth more informed about local issues....

School Specific Advice

List of schools I interviewed with and my interview experience
121 Words
I was only interviewed for Yale (because I was lucky enough to get in Early Action), so this only applies there for sure, but from what I've heard, it's essentially the same at other highly-selective US...
What might make for a good “Why Us” essay topic at my school
139 Words
I think this generally applies to most colleges that ask this question: the "Why Us" question is really about you, not the college. You should talk about why the college is good for you, how it'll help you grow and foster...
How I chose schools to apply to
280 Words
First, I created a list of a bunch of qualities that I liked in schools: proximity to a city, size, atmosphere, competitiveness, weather, etc. Then I found a bunch of schools that fit all or most of my favorite qualities. The reason Yale was on my radar was because of an article from the Harvard Crimson (ironic) called "The Cult of Yale" about how happy the students at Yale are. I did more research into it, and found that the more I learned, the...
Why I ultimately chose my school
107 Words
To me, Yale seemed like such an incredible school filled with opportunity. I love the residential college system, and it seemed to me like an incredible way to have strong communities already...

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General Admissions Advice

My advice about getting recommenders
179 Words
Ask early - at least a month in advance of when your application is due. If possible, ask a teacher you've had for more than one year. Someone who was a coach or adviser for an extracurricular in addition to teaching you is even better. I would suggest trying to get someone who you...
How to deal with the stress of applying to college
201 Words
First off, find a safety school that you actually would love to go to so that you're not so stressed out about having to get into a selective school to be happy. Talk to your friends. They're going through the same things as you are, and they can help you out. If, for whatever reason, that doesn't apply to...
What set me apart from other applicants
202 Words
I think my application was pretty cohesive. The whole point of the application you send in is to help the admissions officers paint a picture of you in their minds -- if the application is disjointed, it's hard to do that. In my CommonApp, many of my essays talked about my love for language. In addition, I'd taken the National...
Recommended summer activities during high school and college
157 Words
Honestly, I think the best thing to do is something you love, as long as it's productive in some way. Don't force yourself to do camps or join groups you hate -- that will show in the application, and it's the opposite of the passion admissions officers...

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