Vanderbilt ‘19
B.A., Economics
I'm an incoming freshman at Vanderbilt University. I come from a suburban setting in South Florida. I have Eastern European & Cuban heritage. I'm currently interested in majoring in Economics with a minor in Computer Science, and doing finance or startups.
Features Included


Hometown North Palm Beach, Florida
AdmissionRegular Decision
English First Language Yes
Other Language(s) Spoken French

Results, Essays, and Advice

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Vanderbilt University (Nashville, TN)

Applied for a B.A. in Economics

Accepted and Enrolled Legacy: Sibling

School Specific Essays

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Personal Statement
507 Words
Place you’re content
If the 500-yard freestyle didn't have counters, I would still be swimming. (Actually, that happened once and I ended up swimming a 550.) When I compete in the 500, I'm not thinking about the race. I don't think about my speed, and I don't think about the people swimming on either side of me. The moment I dive into the water, none of that matters. I set my pace, my overworked brain shuts down, and my subconscious takes over. Above the water,...
Supplemental Essay “Why us” school essay
143 Words
When I was a sophomore, my father and I went on a quick college tour. When we stepped onto the Duke campus, I was stricken by the beauty of the school. After the information session and the walking tour, I told him I was done searching: I was home, and I was staying. I was amazed by the enormous sense of spirit coming from all of the students and how much they love Duke. I'm very interested in Duke's highly-ranked...
Supplemental Essay Issue of personal significance
907 Words
Last summer, I biked 3,181 miles from Charleston, SC to Santa Monica, CA. I traveled with 11 other high school students and 2 college-aged leaders. The trip was unsupported, so we carried our own tents, sleeping bags, clothes, food, cooking utensils, and toiletries on a rack on the back of our bikes. The 12 teenagers were completely unplugged, meaning nobody had a cell phone, tablet, or laptop. While preparing, I expected to return to Florida with a plethora of tales about sunsets and starry...
Supplemental Essay “Why us” school essay
221 Words
Throughout my high school years, I have found and cultivated an interest in computer science. I have coded in languages like Java, Python, and Ruby, both for schoolwork and for my own development on the website Project Euler, where I am in the top 9% of over 440,000 users. In college, I look forward to continuing my education in the computer sciences; however, I am also very interested in other areas of study, namely the liberal arts and natural sciences. Northwestern’s...
Additional Essay Details
118 Words
I wrote my essay about swimming. College Advisors generally suggest against writing about a sport, because the essay topic of "Sports as a metaphor for life" is way overused. However, mine did not have that sense, and instead gave the admissions officers a glance into how I think. By reading this essay, they could see that I use the 500 yard race as my form of meditation, which gives me the opportunity to block outside distractions and let my mind roam,...

General Admissions Advice

What I’d change about my application process
39 Words
I would've started writing my essays earlier. I started in the end...
What I’d change about my application process
40 Words
I would also suggest that if you're trying to write an essay...
What set me apart from other applicants
85 Words
During the summer of 2014, I biked 3,200 miles from Charleston, SC to Santa Monica, CA. During my interviews with various schools, the interviewers could not get enough...
Why I ultimately chose my school
114 Words
I received a full ride, as a National Merit Scholar, to UF. However, and luckily, money was not an impediment for my family. In the end, I was choosing among Vanderbilt, Northwestern, and Wash....
What might make for a good “Why Us” essay topic at my school
87 Words
For a good "Why Us" essay, first spend at least an hour looking at the school's website. Look at their undergraduate academics, check out the different...
What I like about my school’s location and culture
76 Words
Vanderbilt is in the middle of Nashville, which I was originally worried about, because I personally dislike cities. My brother started at GW,...

High School Performance

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High School TypeOther Private
Academic Performance in High School Low one semester/year
Explanation of Low Grades

Test Scores

Highest SAT
SAT Score Details
Converted SAT Score1560
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AP / IB Classes and Scores

Details6 classes and scores


SportsSwimming/Diving, Volleyball


ActivitiesMath Team, Computer / Technology Volunteer
Elaborate on Extracurriculars or Work

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