20pogues
20pogues,
Columbia ‘24
B.S., Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, , Neuroscience
Music-Loving Pre-Med studying Neuroscience
Features Included
6
Essays
15
Schools
12
Scores
8
Advice
10
ECs
1
Sports

Background

Hometown Martha's VIneyard, Massachusetts
GenderMale
EthnicityWhite Non-Hispanic
First Gen College StudentNo

Results, Essays, and Advice

Accepted
Waitlisted or Withdrew
Denied
  • Columbia University (New York, NY)
  • Northeastern University (Boston, MA)
  • Boston University (Boston, MA)
  • University of Miami (Coral Gables, FL)
  • University of Massachusetts - Amherst (Amherst, MA)
  • University of Vermont (Burlington, VT)
  • University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA)
  • Vanderbilt University (Nashville, TN)
  • Tulane University (New Orleans, LA)
  • Pitzer College (Claremont, CA)
  • Georgetown University (Washington, DC)
  • Pomona College (Claremont, CA)
  • Duke University (Durham, NC)
  • Yale University (New Haven, CT)
  • Princeton University (Princeton, NJ)
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Columbia University (New York, NY)

Accepted and Enrolled Legacy: No

School Specific Essays

Personal Statement
642 Words
Extracurricular passion, Work experience
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.
My hours are varied, my schedule is nonexistent, and my wages depend entirely on the strength of my negotiating skills. Being a pianist is far from a typical summer job. Yet, to me, very few things in life compare with the bliss of sitting at my keyboard filling in a venue's ambiance, playing soft melodies accompanied by clinking glasses and casual conversation. This bliss is the reason I lug around my keyboard, stand, and extension cord, complete with a chaotic...
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Personal Statement
642 Words
Extracurricular passion, Work experience
My hours are varied, my schedule is nonexistent, and my wages depend entirely on the strength of my negotiating skills. Being a pianist is far from a typical summer job. Yet, to me, very few things in life compare with the bliss of sitting at my keyboard filling in a venue's ambiance, playing soft melodies accompanied by clinking glasses and casual conversation. This bliss is the reason I lug around my keyboard, stand, and extension cord, complete with a chaotic...
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Supplemental Essay: Other
144 Words
List a few words or phrases that describe your ideal college community. (150 words or less)
My ideal college community is one that will help me grow intellectually, physically, and emotionally, and one that I can support and also receive support from. In this community, its students and professors are passionate about all of their interests, no matter if it’s ornithology or playing the bassoon. In this community, everyone uses their talent and knowledge to improve the world around them, whether they are developing life-saving medical devices or teaching kids from under-served communities how to...
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Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
294 Words
Please tell us what you value most about Columbia and why. (300 words or less)
Columbia stands out to me as an ideal university because of its masterful balance of maintaining an engaged, tightly-knit community within a bustling metropolis, all the while integrating the opportunities that New York City has to offer into its undergraduate education. One of the most valuable aspects of a Columbia education is the Core Curriculum of Columbia College. I have many interdisciplinary interests, so being able to connect those interests via seminars and non-disciplinary faculty creates an atmosphere that I...
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Supplemental Essay: Intellectual interest
98 Words
Why do these areas [Neuroscience] appeal to you?
As someone with many interests, Neuroscience appeals to me because it acts as a collision point of an array of subjects. Within this field of study is the opportunity to weave together principles of biochemistry, psychology, and linguistics to create the context needed to understand the vast intricacies of the human mind. Already, I have explored a fascinating area of Neuroscience during high school by researching caffeine dose optimization for my Honors Science Research course. Through this project, I have...
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Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
129 Words
What is it about Yale that has led you to apply?
I have chosen to apply to Yale because of the strong sense of community created by its residential colleges and the research opportunities the university offers. Because I come from a small island, the residential college system appeals to me. I value the colleges’ intimate size and the friendly competition between them in the intramurals and the Tyng Cup. Furthermore, Yale is unique in that it actively supports research among its undergraduate students, providing me with the opportunity to witness...
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Supplemental Essay: Other
217 Words
Please briefly elaborate on one of your extracurricular activities or work experiences. (200-400 words)
If you have been fortunate enough to avoid seeing a clavicular fracture, consider yourself lucky: it is not a pretty sight. It was my first day shadowing in the Emergency Department at Martha's Vineyard Hospital under Dr. Casper, and despite seeing gruesome emergency room injuries from New England Medical Journal articles and less trustworthy television dramatizations, nothing could have prepared me for the initial shock of walking into an examination room and seeing a man grimacing and clutching at the...
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School Specific Advice

How to increase chances at my school
66 Words
For the "hodgepodge" questions about favorite, books, movies, shows, etc. don't be afraid to put down your guilty-pleasure shows or...
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List of schools I interviewed with and my interview experience
117 Words
I interviewed at Princeton, Yale, UPenn, Columbia, and Georgetown. Ironically, Columbia by far was my worst interview, but it was the only school that I got into out of the ones I interviewed for. What...
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How I chose schools to apply to
125 Words
I applied to a lot of reaches because my SAT's and GPA were high, and spread them out geographically because I wanted to keep my options open. Knowing I wanted a change from my small town, I mainly...
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More Essays

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General Admissions Advice

What I’d change about my application process
135 Words
If the school you love has early decision and if you can afford it based off of the Net Price Calculator, DO EARLY DECISION. This whole process is stressful and consuming, so if you can limit the number of applications you...
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Whether I took out loans or applied for scholarships, and my advice
85 Words
Please try and minimize the amount of loans you take out, because they will just haunt you later in life. I have friends that are going...
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My insights about AP (Advanced Placement) courses and exams
90 Words
These exams matter a lot more than everyone at my school made it seem. Doing well on them has three advantages: they show colleges the breadth of...
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How I narrowed down my essay topics
39 Words
Focus on showing yourself in your rawest form. Don't point out your...
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My advice about getting recommenders
63 Words
Focus on the teachers who know you the best, and can speak to you on both an academic and...
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High School Performance

Weighted GPA
4.70
(equivalent to 3.99 unweighted)
Rank
Top 5%
 
Academic Performance in High School Steady

Test Scores

Highest SAT
1540
 
SAT Score Details
 
Other SAT Scores
SAT Prep
SAT IIs

AP / IB Classes and Scores

Details13 classes and scores

Sports

SportsTennis

Extracurriculars

ActivitiesMusic: Instrumental, Music: Instrumental, School Newspaper/Magazine/Journalism, Career Oriented, Best Buddies, Student Council / Government, Music: Vocal, School Jazz / Orchestra, Conservancy Volunteer, National Honor Society

Experience & Awards

Awards Received
Application Additional Materials

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