College Admissions Info

Stanford University, ‘18
BS, Astronomy and Astrophysics, Physics, Psychology, Research and Experimental Psychology, Pre-Medicine Studies

Profile Overview

Profile contains
  • Test Scores
  • High School Performance
  • Extracurriculars & Awards
  • Personal statement
  • 1 supplemental essays
  • 7 advice topics

Student Background

A freshman at Stanford who likes talking about space and writing music
From: Philadelphia , Pennsylvania
Gender: Female
Race/Ethnicity: White Non-Hispanic
Legacy: No
Admission: Regular Decision, Early Action
Is English First Language: Yes
Other Language(s) Spoken: French

Test Scores

Converted SAT Score: 1560
Highest SAT: 2300
SAT Prep:

High School Performance

GPA, Weighted
Top 1%
High School Type: Public
AP / IB Classes and Scores:
Academic Performance in High School: Steady
Explanation of Any Low Grades:

Extracurriculars & Awards

Extracurricular Activities: Choir, Tutoring/Mentoring, School Theater/Plays, School Newspaper/Magazine/Journalism, School Jazz / Orchestra, School Choir, Photography / Film, Gay/Straight Alliance, Drama Production Crew, Community or summer theater/plays
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College Application Essays

//And then I said to him, “Sir, you cannot put that ocelot there!” Of course, he was rather miffed at the suggestion that his ocelot was unwelcome in such an establishment, and his face quickly flushed from his original pale blue to a deep, deep orange. This orange was like no orange ever seen before. We were not even sure that it really was orange, but it seemed like the logical choice at the time, and there were no other...

Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
277 Words
Classic Stanford questions: what matters to you and why, intellectual vitality, and a letter to your future roommate. For my "what matters to you and why" essay, I waxed poetic about the meaning of free thought. My opening sentence: "I’ve never wanted to know where I was going." My closing line: "I would be incomplete." Extrapolation of what could lie between is left as an exercise to the reader. My intellectual vitality essay was about wormholes. More specifically, it...

Additional Essay Details:
461 Words
My personal statement was a bit of a struggle. Writing about an inherently depressing topic is always risky, but I decided that my application would be incomplete without some explanation of what went down and why my transcript wasn't quite "standard" (I included a short explanation in the "additional info" section of the common app, but it wasn't really satisfying, and I felt that leaving it at that would do me more harm than good). So I wrote. The first...

College Admissions Advice

My favorite course thus far, and why
55 Words
Black Holes and Extreme Astrophysics (Physics 17) has definitely been my favorite class so far, largely due to...

What I’d change about my application process
60 Words
I would have ignored the prevalent views at my school regarding what and what not to include, how...

What set me apart from other applicants
67 Words
Apart from only taking the SAT once (a rarity these days), I submitted two arts supplements. One contained a series...

Post-college plans
39 Words
After graduation, I hope to co-term (stay on for a fifth year...

What might make for a good “Why Us” essay topic at my school
54 Words
If I tell you what to write, it won't come through genuinely if you choose to...

Most popular extracurricular activities at my college
137 Words
This is hard to answer, since the students here are so diverse in their interests. One activity that's popular not just in membership numbers but with the entire student body is the Leland Stanford Junior University Marching Band (LSJUMB), or just...

List of schools I interviewed with and my interview experience
340 Words
I interviewed for Stanford, Brown, and Princeton, and the experiences I had were drastically different. My Stanford interview was first, since I applied Restrictive Early Action in October. My interviewer, a local alum, met me at a coffee shop in the area one morning, and it was NOTHING like what I expected. Sure, we started with the standard interview questions that college prep sites so often cite, but the conversation quickly became just that -- a conversation. Straying from the standard, we discussed a cappella, LGBTQ politics and music scenes in South America, why eating disorder treatments so often fail,...