Columbia ‘23
B.A., History
Interested in history, languages, and food
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Hometown Cambridge, Massachusetts
EthnicityHispanic, White Non-Hispanic
First Gen College StudentNo

Results, Essays, and Advice

Waitlisted or Withdrew
  • Columbia University (New York, NY)
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Columbia University (New York, NY)

Applied for a B.A. in History

Accepted and Enrolled Legacy: Parent

School Specific Essays

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.
“7:38” blazes in hazy green lines from the grease-smeared oven clock. It’s time. The oven is off-limits, but the microwave’s all mine. My heart thumps hard against my chest as I press my face into its door, an eager eight-year-old with the urgent need to get in on the action. Inside, whatever concoction has sprung into my mind—too-thick potato slices attempting to fry in a bowl of Canola oil, chocolate chips melting for ganache, the doughy batter of...
Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
307 Words
Please tell us what you value most about Columbia and why. (300 words or less)
Snowflakes pile on my windowsill as I sit in front of my laptop, shivering despite the blanket I’ve bundled myself in. “Poésie Francophone d’Afrique et des Antilles,” “Central Asia: Imperial Legacies, New Images,” “Rabbis for Historians.” Courses on subjects I always thought would be confined to the websites and books I read in my spare time, and ones I never even thought to consider, appear before my eyes as I scroll endlessly through the Columbia course listings. ...
Supplemental Essay: Intellectual interest
222 Words
For applicants to Columbia College, please 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. If you are currently undecided, please write about any field or fields in which you may have an interest at this time.
My family loves stories. Throughout my childhood, my mothers wove vibrant tapestries, rich with their own childhood memories. One spent Saturday mornings playing baseball with her brothers, the other and her cousins taught a turkey to play soccer after the destruction caused by Guatemala’s 1976 earthquake. They recounted the stories of their parents, and of all the parents before them: long voyages, expulsions, finding home. That’s what history is: stories. When minutes become hours as I flip through heavy...
Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
102 Words
List a few words or phrases that describe your ideal college community.(150 words or less)
Thriving, passionate, ambitious. Driven. Fresh breath on a dew-filled morning. Resounding noise, excited chatter in a multitude of languages. Silence, when sought. Classrooms with more opinions than people. Eclectic, exhilarating, energizing. Hours immersed in a book on sun-drenched grass. Endless opportunity in and outside the gates. Raised hands. Times when thoughts are too urgent for raised hands. Challenging. Closing my eyes each night knowing more than I did the night before. Interactions with people I would have never met, despite...

School Specific Advice

What might make for a good “Why Us” essay topic at my school
178 Words
For the list supplements, be interesting. Being weird is a good thing, they want to know what you actually like so please don't be embarrassed. For the "words and phrases" question, write a lot and really give it thought. Pay attention to the word "phrases." This is another "why us" essay. I...
List of schools I interviewed with and my interview experience
139 Words
I interviewed with Barnard at their admissions office in the fall and had an alumni interview with Columbia after applying. I was really nervous that I wouldn't be offered an interview because I submitted my application right before the deadline, but I...

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General Admissions Advice

How I narrowed down my essay topics
143 Words
Write something that an admissions officer wouldn't know from looking through the rest of your application. I think that small moments and using vignettes is more impactful than flashy "important" events and conclusions about life. I did a brainstorm and wrote down...
How to deal with the stress of applying to college
92 Words
Manage. Your. Time. I submitted at 11:52 pm on November 1st and it was the most stressful day of my life. I also was studying because I was taking...
My insights about AP (Advanced Placement) courses and exams
90 Words
I took a lot during senior year, but only had two scores by the time I applied. I was really worried about this, especially about not taking...
My advice about getting recommenders
59 Words
It's not about the level of the class. I could have gotten my AP world teacher to write...

High School Performance

Unweighted GPA
Top 10%
Academic Performance in High School Low at first but improved

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ActivitiesCommunity Cleanup / Service, Dance, Foreign Exchange, Foreign Language, Gay/Straight Alliance, Tutoring/Mentoring, School Newspaper/Magazine/Journalism, Other Club/Activity
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