jshea
jshea,
Harvard ‘24
B.A., Economics
I am a 2020 Coca-Cola Scholar, was awarded over $264,000 in total scholarship, and have founded two nonprofits related to my interests in photography and equitable education.
Features Included
9
Essays
6
Schools
4
Scores
3
Advice
6
ECs
4
Sports

Background

Hometown Austin, Texas
GenderFemale
EthnicityWhite Non-Hispanic
First Gen College StudentNo

Results, Essays, and Advice

Accepted
Waitlisted or Withdrew
Denied
  • Harvard University (Cambridge, MA)
  • University of Texas - Austin (Austin, TX)
  • Texas A&M University (College Station, TX)
  • University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA)
  • Princeton University (Princeton, NJ)
  • Vanderbilt University (Nashville, TN)
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Harvard University (Cambridge, MA)

Applied for a B.A. in Economics

Accepted and Enrolled Legacy: No

School Specific Essays

The lessons we take from obstacles we encounter can be fundamental to later success. Recount a time when you faced a challenge, setback, or failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience?
Altruistic to my core, I routinely create intricate desserts well past midnight for birthdays and holidays, or simply to extend kindness to others. I have earned the title of 'mom' among my friends and teammates which humorously reveals the effect of my culinary gestures. Baking requires precision and is affected by many variables, any one of which can drastically alter its outcome. The recipe assumes a perfect environment; it fails if a single discrepancy occurs. Such is life. As a...
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Supplemental Essay: Extracurricular activity
158 Words
Please briefly elaborate on one of your extracurricular activities or work experiences. (50-150 words)
This summer, I was selected for the Gifted and Talented Silicon Valley Innovators Summer Launch Program. Eleven students from four countries were chosen out of a global pool of applicants, and I was one of three students who received a merit scholarship. In the intensive eight-week entrepreneurial program, I took courses at Stanford and Berkeley, was mentored by industry leaders, toured tech giants, and joined a diverse community who became some of my closest friends. In Silicon Valley, I created...
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Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
570 Words
The mission of Harvard College is to educate our students to be citizens and citizen-leaders
for society. What would you do to contribute to the lives of your classmates in advancing
this mission?
What I do right now directly affects my future. However, my actions impact far more than just myself, they inevitably affect others either positively or negatively. I strive to make a positive impact. As such, social entrepreneurship has manifested among my passions. Two years ago, I discovered I loved photography but realized that only a fraction of people could afford a photographer. I began offering my services to the underprivileged in my community at no cost through founding the nonprofit...
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Supplemental Essay: Issue of personal significance
608 Words
Tell us about a person who has influenced you in a significant way.
This summer, my mentor Bill Radulovich, or “Mr. Rad” as he prefers, assigned a name to the abstract concept I had been pursuing all of my life: social entrepreneurship. As a renewable energy expert, Mr. Rad has indisputably achieved the very quality I value most—impact—in both his professional and personal spheres. Since I share similar interests in technology, business, and social responsibility, I realized can simultaneously be successful and ethical using the former to accomplish the latter. Prior...
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Supplemental Essay: Extracurricular activity
181 Words
Please tell us how you have spent the last two summers (or vacations between school years), including any jobs you have held. (About 150 words)*
From nannying, petsitting, and camp counseling, to social media managing, tutoring, and managing Photo Booth events, I have always spent significant time working each summer. On the other hand, I dedicated much of my time to academic programs. My interest in technology led me to attend The University of Texas’ engineering camp, engineering summits, and teach myself computer science. I began learning Java and HTML two summers ago which contributed to my longterm goal of starting a technology company. My...
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Supplemental Essay: Intellectual interest
451 Words
How did you discover your intellectual and academic interests, and how will you explore them at the University of Pennsylvania? Please respond considering the specific undergraduate school you have selected. (300-450 words) 
I’m eight-years-old. I sift through an offensively bedazzled jewelry display at Justice. If you are unfamiliar with this store, consider yourself lucky. These likely hazardous accessories were the status symbol of elementary school. Never one to accept the status quo, I disrupted Justice’s monopoly by creating my own jewelry that I sold to my classmates and their parents. Soon, my creations prevailed over my commercialized competitors. After discovering my passion for entrepreneurship, I started three more business ventures...
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Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
201 Words
At Penn, learning and growth happen outside of the classrooms, too. How will you explore the community at Penn? Consider how this community will help shape your perspective and identity, and how your identity and perspective will help shape this community. (150-200 words)*
When I create, I feel alive. Similarly, I am driven by my innate desire to improve processes and innovate solutions. This aspect of my character manifests itself into a passion for social entrepreneurship. Two years ago, I discovered an interest in photography but realized that only a fraction of people could afford a photographer. In response, I founded the nonprofit organization Giving Images. I began offering my services to the underprivileged in my community at no cost. From professional headshots...
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Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
246 Words
Describe a problem that you solved that showed leadership and creativity. (250 words maximum)
At the GATSVI Summer Launch Program, I discovered the pervasive disengagement among adolescents in American schools, especially in disadvantaged areas. Yet, schools and nonprofits are not sufficiently addressing this issue. Typical of my nature, I was determined to help the 1.2 million students who drop out of high school annually (US Department of Education). I developed my startup idea, AspireMe. It will provide equitable education and inspiration for America’s youth through socio-emotional learning at the most crucial developmental period. Through...
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Supplemental Essay: Intellectual interest
625 Words
Explain how you will use the M&T program to explore your interest in business, engineering, and the intersection of the two (400-650 words).
I have always been obsessed with the words why and how. Why does a computer work? How can I improve it? Countless variations of questions beginning with those two words typified my past and present, formed my problem-solving nature, and will lead me to my future. Throughout my life, my multifaceted interests have yielded a clear intention to bridge the disparity between society and technology. Numbers always made sense to me; I can lose hours simplifying equations, deriving formulas, and...
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School Specific Advice

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General Admissions Advice

What set me apart from other applicants
99 Words
Passion conveys throughout your entire application. The drive to implement change in your community based on problems you identify is both good for society and the admission process. My advice...
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How I made up for low grades in high school
177 Words
During my sophomore year, I suffered memory and focus issues. My home and social lives were extremely stressful and I had no outlet. As a result, my grades dropped from high A's to low B's in several classes. For reference, my GPA was a 4.05 freshman year and a 3.62 sophomore year. While this might...
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How to approach transferring schools
155 Words
I transferred schools after my sophomore year. I wrote the following statement for the Common App: At Saint Michael's Catholic Academy, I became uncomfortable with the decisions of others and the collective school environment was not conducive to my academic potential. Although I had cultivated longstanding...
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High School Performance

Weighted GPA
4.30
(equivalent to 4.00 unweighted)
Rank
Top 5%
 
Academic Performance in High School Low one semester/year
Explanation of Low Grades

Test Scores

Highest ACT
36
 
ACT Score Details
 
Other ACT Scores
ACT Prep

AP / IB Classes and Scores

Details5 classes and scores

Sports

SportsBasketball, Volleyball, Rowing (Crew), Softball

Extracurriculars

ActivitiesCareer Oriented, Career Oriented, Computer / Technology Volunteer, Student Council / Government, Academic, Academic
Elaborate on Extracurriculars or Work

Experience & Awards

Volunteer Experiences
Awards Received
Application Additional Materials

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