B.A., Visual Arts
artist, activist, fashion nerd, kook, and pun queen. never thought I'd get in!
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Hometown Cincinnati, Ohio
EthnicityWhite Non-Hispanic
Class of2023
First Gen College StudentNo

Results, Essays, and Advice

Waitlisted or Withdrew
  • Columbia University (New York, NY)
  • University of California - Berkeley (Berkeley, CA)
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Columbia University (New York, NY)

Applied for a B.A. in Visual Arts

Accepted and Enrolled Legacy: No

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.
  Alone, in the rain, in Rodin’s Paris garden, fatigue tugged at my brain and eyelids; I hadn’t slept well in months, decoding weeks of pre-calc missed during district and regional mock trial competitions, college tours, and coordinating my first gallery sticker sales. Divorce strained my single dad, a West Virginian entrepreneur who escaped from Appalachian dirt. I was getting porky, though I ate little some days. Strength in solitude was my lifestyle - I didn’t crave the...
Describe an example of your leadership experience in which you have positively influenced others, helped resolve disputes or contributed to group efforts over time.
Junior year, I was a Mock Trial coach. With just two more points in the Regional competition, my team would have advanced to State, beating the undefeated State Champions, who placed 5th internationally last year. Sounds crazy, but our coach quit before the first practice. We wrongly expected consistency from her replacement. I decided to hold practice unsupervised when we hadn’t met in two weeks. We devised a competition strategy, pairing vets with rookies. Each vet drilled their mentee...
Every person has a creative side, and it can be expressed in many ways: problem solving, original and innovative thinking, and artistically, to name a few. Describe how you express your creative side.
“I’m the CEO of Allo. I sell stickers with my art on them. Each sticker sold feeds five kids. . . . Since ninth grade. . . . I am sixteen, yes.” I founded Allo to help the community in a high-impact, scalable way. While there are many ways to clock in volunteer hours, Allo is uniquely me. Social justice has been at the Necco dinner table for three generations: My grandparents ran and taught at deaf and special needs schools. Dad founded a foster...
What would you say is your greatest talent or skill? How have you developed and demonstrated that talent over time?
You must know, I am an artist. Fear not a cheesy diatribe about my process – I could care less about melodramatically creating life by swirling a brush. Snoozeville! Rather than some hobby, art is the outlook I bring to the world. You can see it on my on my eyelids and my tidy planner, on my trademark glossy lips that I use to open court, and in my fiery determination. In Cincinnati, the impenetrable Chrome-Dome I call home, I stick...
What have you done to make your school or your community a better place?
“If not you, who? If not now, when?” - Hillel The Elder This quote is plastered on a giant wall at Cincinnati’s Underground Railroad museum. When I first became involved in the common sense gun safety movement, I was hesitant to dedicate much time. After all, junior year grades most heavily determine my future. I was stacked with weeks of pre-calc missed during district and regional mock trial competitions, college tours, and coordinating my first gallery sticker sales, on...
Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
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List a few words or phrases that describe your ideal college community.(150 words or less)
The Students: avant-garde; colorful; dynamic; diverse (in culture and thought); devoutly driven; eclectic; independent; infinitely intellectual; insatiably curious The Campus: wild food; international hub; scrumptious architecture; world-class art; classical The Academics: intellectual conversations outside the classroom; heavy humanities; classics; primary source-based learning; mind-blowing discussions with field leaders and brilliant peers; learning not to perform a technical skill, but to think critically; global; improving quality of life by understanding the human condition
Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
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List the titles of the required readings from courses during the school year or summer that you enjoyed most in the past year. (150 words or less)*
“50,” Catullus Ars Amatoria, Ovid The Bean Trees, Barbara Kingsolver Gardner’s Art Through the Ages, Helen Gardner Nineteenth Century Art: A Critical History, Stephen F. Eisenman An Introduction to Language [Linguistics], Victoria Fromkin Ethics in the Real World: 82 Brief Essays on Things That Matter, Peter Singer To Kill a Mockingbird; Harper Lee
Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
105 Words
List the titles of the books you read for pleasure that you enjoyed most in the past year. (150 words or less)*
Comprendre la peinture au musée d’Orsay, Françoise Bayle Le Petit Livre des Haïkus, Muriel Détrie The Glass Castle, Jeannette Walls The Accusation: Forbidden Stories from Inside North Korea, Bandi Factory Girls: From Village to City in a Changing China, Leslie T. Chang Essential Picasso, Laura Payne Manet, Claudia Lyn Cahan Michelangelo, Jesse McDonald Hillbilly Elegy Full Service, Scotty Bowers Beaton in the Sixties: The Cecil Beaton Diaries As He Wrote Them, 1965-1969, Hugo Vickers A...
Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
127 Words
List the titles of the print, electronic publications and websites you read regularly. (150 words or less)*
Columbia Daily Spectator Moms Demand Action (site) Learn French with Alexa (site) StudyTee (productivity inspiration; site) Refinery29 (fashion; site) Man Repeller (fashion; site) 60 Minutes Overtime NPR (site) Brevity Magazine (literary) Posternaks Film Photography (site) Antoine Cordet Art (site) Ivan Alifan: Contemporary Figurative Artist (site) Henrik Aa Ulalden Art (site) Marco Grassi (art; site) Belle Kroll (art; site) John Yuyi (photography; site) Humans of New York (site) Daily Overview (worldwide geography photos from 32,000 feet; history; site) Pat McGrath (makeup artist) Another...
Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
210 Words
List the titles of the films, concerts, shows, exhibits, lectures and other entertainments you enjoyed most in the past year. (150 words or less)*
Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood, film Lion, film Call Me By Your Name, film Y Tu Mama También, film Loving Vincent, film Bojack Horseman, Netflix series Rick and Morty, series Seinfeld, series Silicon Valley, series Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown; series Dear Evan Hansen, Broadway @columbiaadmissions on Instagram @columbiaalumni on Instagram @columbia on Instagram @columbia_coop on Instagram @columbiaschoolofthearts on IG @columbiacollege1754 on IG @lilisumner on Instagram (model/artist) @theartistedit on Instagram (cosmetology/fashion) @cincinnati_revealed on Instagram ...

School Specific Advice

What might make for a good “Why Us” essay topic at my school
56 Words
Don't mention NYC! Just don't say the word. At all. They're sick of it. Write about the...

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General Admissions Advice

What set me apart from other applicants
270 Words
Being my freakin self!!!!!! Here's why!!!!!!!!!!!! I was kind of a weird applicant lol. I had this tradition of sending weird photoshop edits of myself to selective college summer programs I was applying to (The Harvard/Stanford Pre-College kind of stuff), so I was super happy when I found a way to sneak my school photo into my Columbia App. The photo wasn't your average Lifetouch portrait, though. It was an image of me in a full-body watermelon costume with...
Misconceptions I had about college before attending
138 Words
I thought I was going to die if I didn't go to Columbia or live in NYC for college. Seriously, I did not have any safety schools. Which was dumb and elitist of me. Ironically, my boyfriend of 1 year goes to...
Whether I used a private admissions counselor, and advice I received
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I used someone from College Coach to help me. Honestly, it was nice to have someone look over my essays, but it isn't necessary, as it's...

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ActivitiesNonprofit, NGO or Charitable Organization, Art, Mock Trial, Political Campaign, Art, Foreign Language
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