College Admissions Info

lydia.buzzard
lydia.buzzard
University of Southern California ‘19
BS, Computer Programming, Computer Software Engineering, Computer Science

Profile Overview

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

Student Background

I'm a Computer Science major at USC with a love for writing, taekwondo, and hair bows.
From: Hopkinsville , Kentucky
Gender: Female
Race/Ethnicity: Asian, White Non-Hispanic
Legacy: No, Grandparent, Sibling
Admission: Regular Decision
Applied To: 7 schools
Accepted At: UNC, GA Tech, USC, Kenyon, Alabama
Denied At:
Waitlisted At:
Withdrew From:
Is English First Language: Yes

Test Scores

33
ACT
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High School Performance

4.50
GPA
High School Type: Boarding
College Classes In High School:
Academic Performance in High School: Steady

Extracurriculars & Awards

Sports: Martial Arts
Extracurricular Activities: Odyssey of the Mind, Tutoring/Mentoring
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College Application Essays

Personal Statement: Place you’re content
620 Words
If you travel south down Skyline Drive in Hopkinsville, KY, at the posted speed limit, you’ll miss the most important building there. If necessary, turn around in the Kroger parking lot and continue driving about a quarter mile. Look to your right, and there, between a deserted music store and a vacant storefront, you’ll find Hopkinsville Martial Arts. I first found it when I was nine years old and friendless. I spent my Monday and Thursday nights learning...









Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
164 Words
My greatest academic interest is Computer Science. I was first introduced to it during the fall semester of 2013 as a student in a Java programming course at Western Kentucky University. The subject consumed me. I have since had the privilege of attending a sponsored Hackathon and spending a summer conducting Computer Science research. It has become my healthiest obsession, providing pathways to a number of feasible, incredible futures, and I am so thankful for having found it. At USC, I...



College Admissions Advice

What I’d change about my application process
91 Words
I would've made sure not to put my eggs in one basket. Because I fit the profile for my dream school and attended a competitive high school,...





How I chose schools to apply to
175 Words
As a low income student, my number one criteria in evaluating a school was its financial aid offerings, so I found a list of top schools that met 100% of demonstrated need for financial aid. Next, I wanted a school that excelled in my degree program, so I found a list of top 100 Computer...





Why I ultimately chose my school
186 Words
Once I had received all of my college decisions, I was essentially choosing between USC (in Los Angeles) and UNC Chapel Hill. It was sort of a battle of coasts. Both would've been far away from home, but Chapel Hill was slightly closer, a public institution, and offering me a full ride scholarship with a research...