B.A., English
A hardworking, dedicated student who enjoys learning and expanding her worldview.
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Hometown Irvine, California
EthnicityWhite Non-Hispanic
Class of2023
First Gen College StudentNo

Results, Essays, and Advice

Waitlisted or Withdrew
  • University of California - Berkeley (Berkeley, CA)
  • Smith College (Northampton, MA)
  • Pepperdine University (Malibu, CA)
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Seattle Pacific University (Seattle, WA)

Applied for a B.A. in English

Accepted and Enrolled Legacy: No

School Specific Essays

Describe how you have taken advantage of a significant educational opportunity or worked to overcome an educational barrier you have faced.
High school has been full of immense growth, both academically and emotionally. In classes like English and World History, I engaged in hours of the Socratic method, discussing fictions, primary sources, philosophy, and poetry. While my skills as a writer blossomed into prose that I was proud to call my own, the discussions proved much more difficult for me. Before high school, being a “good student” consisted of sitting quietly in my chair, listening to the teacher, and dutifully following...
Discuss an accomplishment, event, or realization that sparked a period of personal growth and a new understanding of yourself or others.
There were just forty-five of us. Forty five timid yet daring freshman and sophomores who took the courageous first step into building culture and tradition. With our large stack of new books in hand and little real idea of what was yet to come, we stepped onto the small campus to start our new adventure. On August 26, 2015 we opened Pacifica Christian High School. The first year was filled with trial and error, leading to many valuable questions about how a...
Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
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If you could star in any movie, what movie would you pick and why?
I would love to star as Maria in The Sound of Music. From the complex historical backdrop of WWII to Rodgers and Hammerstein’s beautiful score, this movie-musical encapsulates the kind of masterful storytelling I wish to accomplish in my own aspirations as a writer and actress. I can picture the first scene, opening on Julie Andrews, or in this case myself, twirling on a lush Austrian hilltop until the bells of the abbey bring me back to reality. I...
Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
314 Words
At Seattle Pacific, we encourage all students to explore or go deeper in Christian faith and to be inspired to make a difference. SPU’s vision means that you can pursue an education that helps you change the world for the better. How does Seattle Pacific’s vision align with your desires for college? How does your own faith perspective or personal story intersect with our vision? (250-500)
I absolutely love to read. As a founding member of a private Christian high school that follows a college preparatory liberal arts curriculum, I have had the opportunity to study a plethora of literary and philosophical classics in Socratic seminars. This has provided a wonderful foundation in my pursuit to think critically about the history of ideas that shape our present world. By reading authors from distant time periods such as Homer, Dante, and Bunyan, and analyzing points of view...
Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
303 Words
Pepperdine is a Christian university committed to the highest standards of academic excellence and Christian values, where students are strengthened for lives of purpose, service, and leadership. Students, faculty, and staff members of all faith traditions are welcome to become part of the Pepperdine University community. How has faith influenced your life thus far and what will you add to the continued conversation of faith on campus? (50-300 words)
Sitting in elementary school chapel with lights dimmed, our speaker requested we close our eyes and raise our hands if we desired to join him in a prayer to accept Jesus Christ. Because I had attended this school since before kindergarten, chapels of this sort were commonplace. But, on that day, my nine-year-old heart began to understand the weight of this decision, this prayer. Peeking through my fingers at the dark auditorium to see if anyone else was going to...

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General Admissions Advice

How to deal with the stress of applying to college
113 Words
Because this process can easily feel like an overwhelming, all-encompassing set of huge decisions and insincere/curated presentations of your most vulnerable self, make room for other activities that are relaxing or soothing for...
My insights about AP (Advanced Placement) courses and exams
103 Words
If you are taking AP courses to earn college credit, make sure the schools you are applying to will actually accept the courses and exams in your schedule. Additionally, certain schools...
Why I recommend taking a gap year
119 Words
I did not take a gap year, but I wish that I had. It's so difficult to understand "what you want to do with your life" at age 17 or 18, and I think it would have been...

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