GrifHale
GrifHale,
USC ‘19
B.A., History
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.
Features Included
3
Essays
12
Schools
8
Scores
4
Advice
5
ECs
2
Sports

Background

Hometown Dolores, Colorado
GenderMale
EthnicityPrefer Not to Share
AdmissionRegular Decision
English First Language Yes
Other Language(s) Spoken Spanish

Results, Essays, and Advice

Accepted
Waitlisted or Withdrew
Denied
  • University of Southern California (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Bowdoin College (Brunswick, ME)
  • Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, MD)
  • College of William and Mary (Williamsburg, VA)
  • McGill University (Montreal, Canada)
  • Kenyon College (Gambier, OH)
  • University of Wisconsin - Madison (Madison, WI)
  • University of Virginia (Charlottesville, VA)
  • University of California - San Diego (La Jolla, CA)
  • University of California - Los Angeles (Los Angeles, CA)
  • University of California - Berkeley (Berkeley, CA)
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University of Southern California (Los Angeles, CA)

Applied for a B.A. in History

Accepted and Enrolled Legacy: No

School Specific Essays

School Specific Advice

More Essays

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Personal Statement
656 Words
Failure experience
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,...
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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...
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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.
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General 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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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High School Performance

Weighted GPA
4.14
 
Rank
Top 10%
 
High School TypeBoarding
Academic Performance in High School Steady
Explanation of Low Grades

Test Scores

Highest SAT
2190
 
SAT Score Details
 
Converted SAT Score1510
Other SAT Scores
SAT Prep
SAT IIs
PSAT Scores

AP / IB Classes and Scores

Details2 classes and scores

Sports

SportsFootball (Recruited), Lacrosse

Extracurriculars

ActivitiesSchool Newspaper/Magazine/Journalism, Science Club/Team, Conservancy Volunteer, Boy/Girl Scouts, Tutoring/Mentoring
Elaborate on Extracurriculars or Work

Experience & Awards

How Spent Summers
Volunteer Experiences
Awards Received

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