justellis930,
Columbia ‘23
B.A., Urban Studies and Affairs
freshman @ columbia
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3
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Background

Hometown Brooklyn, New York
GenderMale
EthnicityWhite Non-Hispanic
First Gen College StudentNo

Results, Essays, and Advice

Accepted
Waitlisted or Withdrew
Denied
  • Columbia University (New York, NY)
  • Brown University (Providence, RI)
  • Tufts University (Medford, MA)
  • Vassar College (Poughkeepsie, NY)
  • Rice University (Houston, TX)
  • Williams College (Williamstown, MA)
  • Wesleyan University (Middletown, CT)
  • Amherst College (Amherst, MA)
  • Binghamton University - SUNY (Binghamton, NY)
  • Oberlin College (Oberlin, OH)
  • Kenyon College (Gambier, OH)
  • American University (Washington, DC)
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Columbia University (New York, NY)

Applied for a B.A. in Urban Studies and Affairs

Accepted and Enrolled Legacy: No

School Specific Essays

Personal Statement
672 Words
Overcoming personal struggle
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.
A large part of my life was a complete lie to most people I knew until I reached high school. “So, whose house am I dropping you off at?” The harmless question invited a sharp pang of anxiety in my stomach that came every time someone asked me about my family. This time, I was 12, and my friend’s dad was driving us home from a bat mitzvah in Coney Island. Without lifting my firm gaze from the floor of...
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Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
314 Words
Please tell us what you value most about Columbia and why. (300 words)
What I value most about Columbia is its ability to amalgamate the seemingly disparate. The classrooms of the nontraditional school I attended in 9t​ h​ grade were full of students of wide-ranging ages and backgrounds. This truly diverse environment was something I greatly valued, and it made our class discussions deeper and multi-dimensional. In a similar way, at Columbia, students from the College, General Studies, and Barnard learn and study together, fusing different perspectives, ages, identities, nationalities, and ideas. This...
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Supplemental Essay: Intellectual interest
305 Words
f you are applying to Columbia College, 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. (300 words)
Boats of migrants slicing through dark waters. Dramatic portraits of civil rights activists. The front page of the New York Times has long served as my lens for understanding the world. It has influenced my love for the power of visual communication and the versatility of storytelling. Art isn’t just “art” - it’s an instrument for social change. Images make me think, cry, wonder, and act. I can distinctly recall how I felt after moments of experiencing this...
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Supplemental Essay: Other
251 Words
The titles of books read for pleasure that you enjoyed most in the past year; (150 words) and The titles of the films, concerts, shows, exhibits, lectures and other entertainments you enjoyed most in the past (150 words)
The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, Junot Diaz; This is How You Lose Her, Junot Diaz; Call Me by Your Name, André Aciman; Running with Scissors, Augusten Burroughs; The Plague, Albert Camus; The Things They Carried, Tim O’Brien; Giovanni’s Room, James Baldwin; The Photographer’s Playbook, Jason Fulford and Gregory Halpern; It’s What I Do, Lynsey Addario; Evicted, Matthew Desmond; The Hate U Give, Angie Thomas; Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in...
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General Admissions Advice

What set me apart from other applicants
8 Words
just be...
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What I’d change about my application process
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apply...
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What I learned transitioning from high school to college
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its...
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High School Performance

Unweighted GPA
3.80
 
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Top 25%
 
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