Princeton ‘19
B.A., Public Policy Analysis
I'm a Princeton 2019 student majoring in public policy
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Hometown Great Falls, Virginia
AdmissionEarly Action
First Gen College StudentNo
English First Language Yes

Results, Essays, and Advice

Waitlisted or Withdrew
  • Princeton University (Princeton, NJ)
  • Harvard University (Cambridge, MA)
  • Yale University (New Haven, CT)
  • Columbia University (New York, NY)
  • Duke University (Durham, NC)
  • University of Virginia (Charlottesville, VA)
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Princeton University (Princeton, NJ)

Applied for a B.A. in Public Policy Analysis

Accepted and Enrolled Legacy: No

School Specific Essays

I picked common app prompt #1 "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." I think this prompt works for almost any student because it allows you to write about basically anything. I take a peek at my watch, and then at the road, then back at my watch again. I am already late for my ninth...
Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
717 Words
From Princeton, the prompt was "Tell us about a person who has influenced you in a significant way." Out of the ones I had to choose from, I thought this was the easiest prompt. However, it was difficult to make sure that the essay stayed focused on me instead of the person I was describing. When I was a child, I dreamed of growing up to be 5’6” tall. At eighteen, I stand at 4’11”. Most of the time, my height is...

School Specific Advice

List of schools I interviewed with and my interview experience
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I was offered an interview with a Princeton graduate in November, a few weeks after I had submitted my application. My first piece of advice is to be flexible when it comes to scheduling the interview. On the morning of the interview, my interviewer’s car had broken down, so...

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Supplemental Essay Unique question posed by school
327 Words
From UVA, the prompt was "What work of art, music, science, mathematics, or literature has surprised, unsettled, or challenged you, and in what way?" I had approached 4'33" in the same the way I sometimes read a book when I'm tired, mindlessly reading through the lines without truly absorbing the meaning. Considered to be John Cage's magnum opus, 4'33" is commonly described as a silent piece. The sheet music simply says "tacet," which indicates that the musicians have to refrain...
Supplemental Essay Unique question posed by school
333 Words
From UVA, the prompt was "We are a community with quirks, both in language (we’ll welcome you to Grounds, not campus) and in traditions. Describe one of your quirks and why it is part of who you are." It is impossible for me to ignore emptiness; it is one of my quirks. When I design the pages of my newsmagazine, I purposely make room for empty spaces. When I read magazines, browse websites, and view print ads, it makes...

General Admissions Advice

What I’d change about my application process
158 Words
I definitely would have started my application as soon as my schools released their essay questions and the Common App opened their website. I believe it would be much easier to focus on writing, editing, and proofreading essays in the summer because you won’t also have...
Recommended summer activities during high school and college
112 Words
It’s very important to keep yourself busy in the summer through internships, volunteering, camps, or summer jobs. It’s especially helpful if your summer activity is related to your goals or interests because...
What I like about my school’s location and culture
130 Words
I think Princeton is the perfect location for someone who wants a traditional college setting with access to nearby bigger cities. There’s a train station right on campus, and both New York City and Philadelphia are about...
My advice about getting recommenders
116 Words
When asking for recommendations, it’s best to approach teachers at the end of your junior year because they are often bombarded by requests around September or October. I also suggest asking teachers who know...
Whether I used a private admissions counselor, and advice I received
115 Words
I didn't use a private admissions counselor. However, I did try to get as much help as possible from the people around me. I found my school guidance counselor to be very helpful and encouraging....

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