Harvard ‘24
B.A., Social Sciences
I try to make stuff happen.
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Hometown Wellsburg, Iowa
EthnicityWhite Non-Hispanic
First Gen College StudentNo

Results, Essays, and Advice

Waitlisted or Withdrew
  • Harvard University (Cambridge, MA)
  • Princeton University (Princeton, NJ)
  • Dartmouth College (Hanover, NH)
  • Swarthmore College (Swarthmore, PA)
  • Vanderbilt University (Nashville, TN)
  • University of Michigan - Ann Arbor (Ann Arbor, MI)
  • University of Nebraska - Lincoln (Lincoln, NE)
  • Iowa State University (Ames, IA)
  • University of Iowa (Iowa City, IA)
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Harvard University (Cambridge, MA)

Applied for a B.A. in Social Sciences

Accepted and Enrolled Legacy: No

School Specific Essays

“The truth is that fullness of soul can sometimes overflow in utter vapidity of language, for none of us can ever express the exact measure of his needs or his thoughts or his sorrows; and human speech is like a cracked kettle on which we tap crude rhythms for bears to dance to, while we long to make music that will melt the stars.” - Gustave Flaubert, Madame Bovary Expression is paramount; it is difficult; it is a dealbreaker. In...
Supplemental Essay: Other
682 Words
Unusual circumstances in your life.
To a fifteen-year-old, the occasion of getting a car is marked with a strong sense of independence, joy, and fulfillment. For parents, that event is distinguished by the ascent of car insurance premiums to impossible levels, the realization that their baby is an adult, and worry, above all. Given those circumstances, my mother made the executive decision that I would, “under no circumstances” be driving any sort of vehicle until I could demonstrate a need to have such a thing,...
Supplemental Essay: Other
575 Words
For Princeton, applicants get the opportunity to submit a school paper as part of their application. This is mine. You might notice that there is a tie to Princeton: the essay is about a book written by a Princeton grad. Schools love stuff like that within your application that show a level of cleverness or awareness. So, this is my Great Gatsby essay submitted to Princeton on the topic of F. Scott Fitzgerald's epitaph.
“So we beat on, boats against the current, borne ceaselessly into the past.” The epitaph on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s gravestone is an existential crisis and a half. At face value, one feels the struggle of fighting against the “currents” in our own lives; at second glance, a reader might stumble upon Fitzgerald’s nod to the irrevocable past, contrasted by the malleable future; an even deeper dive allows the reader to experience the agony felt by Fitzgerald’s characters...

School Specific Advice

How to increase chances at my school
222 Words
Harvard is notoriously tricky to apply to. The first thing you should understand about schools like these is the goal of the admissions office: to build a class that reflects diversity of skill, thought, background, etc. Harvard doesn't want to accept a similar version of a "perfect" application 2,000 times, they want 2,000 people who they feel will pursue their passions in a wide range of fields and...

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General Admissions Advice

How I narrowed down my essay topics
203 Words
When you are applying to top tier schools, an overview of the amount of opportunity you have to show admissions officers who you are is absolutely essential: be aware of how much space you have to paint a full picture of you! For example, Harvard has two large essays built into their Common Application. Princeton has three. Before you take...
Whether I used a private admissions counselor, and advice I received
67 Words
I did not have an admissions counselor. They may be a good resource for plenty of applicants, but I am...
How to deal with the stress of applying to college
218 Words
There isn't any foolproof way of not getting swept up in the worries of life. However, I would encourage you to recognize that there isn't much you can do about the process after you've crafted your application. All you can do is KNOW that the right school is going to fall in love and give you a chance. In crafting that application, I would...

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