College Admissions Info

Duke University, ‘18
BA, Economics, Public Policy Analysis

Profile Overview

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

Student Background

Hi, my name is Elle and I am a sophomore at Duke University!
From: Demarest , New Jersey
Gender: Female
Race/Ethnicity: Hispanic
Legacy: Both Parents
Admission: Early Decision
Applied To: 4 schools
Accepted At: Villanova, Duke, UPenn, Miami
Denied At:
Waitlisted At:
Withdrew From:
Is English First Language: No
Other Language(s) Spoken: Spanish

Test Scores

Highest ACT:
ACT Prep:

High School Performance

(no specification of weighting)
Top 5%
High School Type: Other Private
AP / IB Classes and Scores:
College Classes In High School:
Academic Performance in High School: Steady
Explanation of Any Low Grades:

Extracurriculars & Awards

Sports: Soccer (Recruited)
Extracurricular Activities: Hospital Volunteer, Volunteer Coach, Dance, Church, Spanish Club
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College Application Essays

Personal Statement: Creative personal story
675 Words
On a cloudless Wednesday morning, the Googleplex is alive and crawling with Googlers riding their custom yellow bikes across campus. I, however, lay on the couch reading a book; it contains Google’s notoriously outlandish interview questions. “If you had a stack of pennies as tall as the Empire State Building, could you fit them all in one room?” Last year we watched Superstorm Sandy crawl up the coast and realized the destruction that it would bring. Then it did....

Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
188 Words
Duke’s intellectual and eclectic student body combined with my passion and energy to make waves in the medical care received by underprivileged minorities will provide the perfect environment for success. Through DukeEngage I’ll be able to integrate my two greatest passions, community involvement and medicine, while immersing myself in a unique cultural experience in Argentina, encouraging maternal and infant health in urban neighborhoods. Joining Duke’s Latino Medical Association will grant me the opportunity to join a community...

Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
190 Words
The true nature of control is elusive, but undoubtedly limited. Years of three hour road trips through western Pennsylvania for, more often than not, punishing club tournaments marred by losses and followed by arduous conditioning sessions prove that control cannot be had in whole. Psychological disposition, however, is truly yours and untouchable by outside factors. I am responsible for my own self-determination. This is what the game’s brought me, the right disposition to execute, and what I bring to...

Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
489 Words
Not ‘Lost,’ but Still Searching Kate let go of her criminal past. Sawyer let go of his reputation. Jack? He became a father, and let go of his own. "Remember. Let go. Move on." Lindelof preached this mantra to viewers following his final episode of ‘Lost.’ Mr. Lindelof, Sir: Done. Lost ended abruptly that night, and with it the hopes of five teenage girls who had banned together each Wednesday for six seasons of electromagnetic fields, Egyptian hieroglyphics, and fringe...

College Admissions Advice

List of schools I interviewed with and my interview experience
83 Words
I only interviewed with Duke. My advice would be to show up early, dress classy and confidently, and stand, shake hands, and introduce yourself when...

What I now know about my school that I never would have known prior to enrolling
30 Words
Duke is a highly competitive environment and the workload...

Whether I used a private admissions counselor, and advice I received
42 Words
I used a private admissions counselor. I believe it was helpful as they...

What set me apart from other applicants
47 Words
I believe what set me apart from other applicants is that I had a...

What I’d change about my application process
17 Words
I'd have taken a few...