College Admissions Info

University of California - Berkeley, ‘19
BA, Mathematics

Profile Overview

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

Student Background

From: Durham , North Carolina
Gender: Male
Race/Ethnicity: White Non-Hispanic
Legacy: Both Parents
Admission: Regular Decision
Applied To: 6 schools
Accepted At: Cornell, UC Berkeley, UCLA, UNC, UChicago
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Is English First Language: Yes
Other Language(s) Spoken: Spanish

Test Scores

Converted SAT Score: 1550
Highest SAT: 2280
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High School Performance

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Top 10%
High School Type: Public
AP / IB Classes and Scores:
Academic Performance in High School: Steady

Extracurriculars & Awards

Extracurricular Activities: Big Brother/Big Sister, Habitat for Humanity, Model Congress / Model UN, Quiz Bowl/Academic Bowl
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College Application Essays

Personal Statement: Overcoming personal struggle
472 Words
Throughout elementary and middle school I struggled with mathematics. Every day I walked to math class dreading the new concepts I would face that day. I spent hours stressing over math homework, baffled by how anyone could manipulate these numbers and equations with ease and understanding, let alone pleasure. In this aspect I think I was like many people, children and adults, in our society: I thought math was this dark, impenetrable fortress armed with deadly variables and remorseless operations....

Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
262 Words
The University of Chicago satisfies my yearning for a certain academic curriculum I feel I would not find elsewhere. The University of Chicago offers interdisciplinary and integrated courses in an excellent core curriculum which I believe I would not find in another academic climate. Academic variation is very important to my own personal educational philosophy, as I understand the dangers of academic specialization. The University of Chicago offers a diversification of academia in an intense academic climate which I feel...

Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
567 Words
I remember the day I first realized how much joy the academic experience gives me. I was at work over a particularly long and complicated trigonometric simplification problem. As I finished the last simplification-transforming sinx over cosx into tanx-I was overcome with the pure beauty of not only mathematics, but also of intellectual activity. Words cannot describe the feeling of excitement I obtain from the pursuit of knowledge. Solving a math problem, completing a titration, reading a history book-each of...

College Admissions Advice

5 adjectives that describe a typical student at my school (Feel free to elaborate!)
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hard working,...

What I’d change about my application process
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I would take with...

What I’d change about my school if I were student body president
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I would...

Most popular extracurricular activities at my college
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Recommended summer activities during high school and college
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