B.A., Undecided
UCLA 2023
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Hometown Los Angeles, California
EthnicityNative American, White Non-Hispanic
Class of2023
First Gen College StudentNo

Results, Essays, and Advice

Waitlisted or Withdrew
  • University of California - Los Angeles (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Southern Methodist University (Dallas, TX)
  • University of California - Davis (Davis, CA)
  • George Washington University (Washington, DC)
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University of California - Los Angeles (Los Angeles, CA)

Applied for a B.A. in Undecided

Accepted and Enrolled Legacy: Parent

School Specific Essays

Personal Statement
676 Words
Challenged a belief, Controversial topic
Reflect on a time when you questioned or challenged a belief or idea. What prompted your thinking? What was the outcome?
I’d always agreed with Mr. Butler during his frequent after-dinner political conversations with my father. As my dad, a staunch Republican, and Terry, a self-declared socialist, debated I would sit on my dad’s lap and defend every point he made. This blind acceptance was short-lived. The older I got, and the more I was exposed to other beliefs, my faith in my parents’ politics was challenged. By Obama’s second term, I vigorously endorsed the “standard liberal position.”...
Every person has a creative side, and it can be expressed in many ways: problem solving, original and innovative thinking, and artistically, to name a few. Describe how you express your creative side.
My first camera was given to me by my godfather on my ninth birthday. The old Olympus OM-1 was dented and scratched, but I loved it. From that day on I was entranced by how the way a shot was framed or filtered could completely change the piece. Throughout high school, I pursued every photography course offered including Senior Thesis Photography. I knew the teacher, Mrs. Tanzman, well, but was nervous to be in a class that required an application...
Personal Statement
303 Words
Extracurricular passion
What would you say is your greatest talent or skill? How have you developed and demonstrated that talent over time?
Upon choosing a sport to play my freshman year, I was immediately intrigued by lacrosse, but my relationship with lacrosse had a rocky start. I showed up to tryouts with a boys’ stick instead of the smaller girls’ stick, and only caught the ball twice, but I returned the next day with the same nervous enthusiasm. By some miracle, I made the varsity team. I’d never had a problem picking up a sport, but the weeks after tryouts were...
Personal Statement
341 Words
Embracing your heritage, Family background
Describe how you have taken advantage of a significant educational opportunity or worked to overcome an educational barrier you have faced.
Going into my sophomore year, I was looking forward to taking my first AP course in U.S. History, but I had resigned myself to the fact that it was unlikely that Native North American history would be in the curriculum. This was a topic I’d been interested in for several years and that I had spent several weeks studying the summer before while visiting family on the Texas-Oklahoma border. While doing so, I became interested in investigating the...
Personal Statement
360 Words
Interest in med/sci/math, Leadership experience
Think about an academic subject that inspires you. Describe how you have furthered this interest inside and/or outside of the classroom.
Despite having two biochemistry majors for parents, I’d always been hopeless in science class: I broke countless beakers and set my polo on fire during a lab in 10th grade. That changed my junior year in classroom B204: my physics class. I remember learning about centripetal force and being amazed that the same force could affect a car making a sharp turn and control the orbit of a planet. The thought that two distant things in the universe could...
Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
301 Words
Why Davidson?
I’ve spent the last two years of high school working with Professor Goeman at UCLA researching indigenous gender roles and indigenous maternalism through my school’s Honors Research program. Both years I focused specifically on Cherokee communities and in doing so read a lot of literature on Cherokee history, including a book titled Sustaining the Cherokee Family: Kinship and the Allotment of an Indigenous Nation by Dr. Rose Stremlau. So while visiting a friend who attends Davidson last summer...
Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
252 Words
The Honors Program's core curriculum is comprised of interdisciplinary courses, discussion-based engagement with complex issues, and reflection. Why do you want to make this program a priority for your undergraduate experience
When choosing what I wanted to major in college I knew that physics or international relations were the frontrunners. I had seen myself becoming a politician or an international negotiator for years, but when I took physics in my junior year I fell in love with the class. I considered double majoring but found that the majority of schools were either strong in both fields, but discouraged double majoring or had great programs in one area, but had little to...
Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
256 Words
The George Washington University encourages students to think critically and to challenge the status quo. Thus, civil discourse is a key characteristic of our community. Describe a time when you engaged others in meaningful dialogue around an issue that was important to you. Did this exchange create change, new perspectives, or deeper relationships
I have known Matthew since we were four years old and he moved in next door. We even went to elementary school together. Despite this shared background, there are a few things that we’ve never quite been able to agree on, most of them political. As we got older we learned to simply avoid them. One day, while sitting on his roof, we finally stumbled across one debate we couldn’t ignore. Both of our families are from Texas...
Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
240 Words
SMU appeals to students for a variety of reasons. Briefly describe why you are interested in attending SMU and what specific factors have led you to apply.
While its size and location were what first drew me to SMU, what made me certain I wanted to apply was my visit to campus this summer. I talked with a student, who told me about the Hilltop Scholars program. It wasn’t the existence of an academic honors community that caught my attention, but rather that the program emphasized service in conjunction with the academic rigor. I’ve enjoyed volunteering at the animal shelter and hope to continue service...
Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
261 Words
SMU is a diverse learning environment shaped by the convergence of ideas and cultures. How will your unique experiences or background enhance the University, and how will you benefit from this community
While I am used to the diversity of L.A., it wasn’t until I spent a month in a rural town about two hours outside of Manila that I understood how important interactions between people from different backgrounds can be. I stayed with my brother’s godmother and her family and went to work with her son, Renee, who ran the town’s self-sustaining generator. I knew that many places lacked access to a power plant, but I had...

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General Admissions Advice

How I narrowed down my essay topics
71 Words
I originally wrote about what I thought would look most impressive to admissions officers, but that just created an application that,...
My advice about getting recommenders
27 Words
Chose the teachers that you have the best...
How to deal with the stress of applying to college
32 Words
Organize everything as much as you can, but don't allow...

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