College Admissions Info

University of Southern California, ‘19
BA, History

Profile Overview

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

Student Background

History/Biology double-major at USC, attending with full merit-scholarship. Born in Colorado, but Californian by heart. If you need essay help, I'm your guy.
From: Dolores , Colorado
Gender: Male
Race/Ethnicity: Prefer Not to Share
Legacy: No
Admission: Regular Decision
Applied To: 12 schools
Accepted At: Bowdoin, JHU, William & Mary, McGill, Kenyon, Davidson, Wisconsin, USC, UVA, UCSD
Denied At:
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Withdrew From:
Is English First Language: Yes
Other Language(s) Spoken: Spanish

Test Scores

Converted SAT Score: 1510
Highest SAT: 2190
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High School Performance

GPA, Weighted
Top 10%
High School Type: Boarding
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Academic Performance in High School: Steady
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Extracurriculars & Awards

Sports: Football (Recruited), Lacrosse
Extracurricular Activities: School Newspaper/Magazine/Journalism, Science Club/Team, Conservancy Volunteer, Boy/Girl Scouts, Tutoring/Mentoring
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College Application Essays

Personal Statement: Failure experience
656 Words
My first memory of Manuel Lobato came in the January snow of 2007, with his knees digging into my back as he vigorously rubbed my face in the snow. I think everyone has had to live through a playground bully, and Manuel just happened to be mine. He was a child version of an NFL linebacker with the aggression to match, I was the shy kid who read Lord of the Rings at recess, it was a Hollywood setup. And yet,...

Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
294 Words
Our students are known to be involved. Briefly describe a non-academic pursuit (such as service to community or family, a club or sport, or work, etc.,) that best illustrates who you are, and why it is important to you. (250 word limit) I am the smallest offensive lineman on my football team, and quite possibly one of the smallest in California. At 5'11" and 190 lbs., I have seldom had the experience of even matching the size of the man about to...

Additional Essay Details:
55 Words
I was recruited by two DIII programs for linebacker, but definitely not lineman. I went to a small school so most people played two positions, and I was pretty undersized for my second on the offensive line. This was a good opportunity to talk about working through one's limitations, and colleges will eat that up.

College Admissions Advice

What set me apart from other applicants
101 Words
Honestly, the only reason I was accepted such places as Bowdoin, Johns Hopkins, and USC with the full scholarship were my essays and recommendations. If you can create an image...

What might make for a good “Why Us” essay topic at my school
129 Words
If you really like a college, visit it with this in mind. Find a specific part of the tour or in your personal explorations that you liked about that college and write about that. Everyone always goes to the...

How to increase chances at my school
99 Words
USC, from what I've seen, is very focused on finding hard-workers and "renaissance" students, those who really want to learn for the sake of learning. They'll appreciate your scores and...

Why I declined other schools
75 Words
Money. What can I say, USC gave me a full academic scholarship while none of my other choices were willing to give me...