College Admissions Info

University of Maryland - College Park, ‘19
BA, Political Science and Government, Environmental Studies

Profile Overview

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

Student Background

Find out why I chose a state school over the most prestigious university in the world! UMD B/K Scholar, Class of 2019
From: Annapolis , Maryland
Gender: Female
Race/Ethnicity: White Non-Hispanic
Legacy: No
Admission: Early Action
Applied To: 8 schools
Accepted At: Harvard, McGill, UMD, UVM, UMass, Queen's U, Fordham, St. Mary's MD
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Is English First Language: Yes

Test Scores

Converted SAT Score: 1490
Highest SAT: 2150
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High School Performance

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Top 5%
High School Type: Public
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Academic Performance in High School: Steady
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Extracurriculars & Awards

Sports: Soccer, Sailing, Swimming/Diving
Extracurricular Activities: Student Council / Government, Model Congress / Model UN, French Club, School Jazz / Orchestra, Marching Band, Quiz Bowl/Academic Bowl, Multicultural / International Club, Homecoming committee, Conservancy Volunteer, Student Activities Committee, National Honor Society, School Band
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College Application Essays

Describe a place or environment where you are perfectly content. What do you do or experience there, and why is it meaningful to you? Even at 6:30 in the morning, with blurry eyes, wet hair and a to-go mug of tea, my bus stop always manages to take my breath away. It faces the Chesapeake Bay, looking over a stretch of grass that slopes down to the water. On a clear morning, I can see the ever-moving line of cars cross...

Supplemental Essay: Issue of personal significance
8 Words
Explanation of my father's diagnosis with kidney cancer

Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
7 Words
Harvard asked me about my favorite book

Additional Essay Details:
131 Words
I wrote about Daniel Quinn's late 20th-century philosophical novel, Ishmael. The novel taught me so much about humanity, our history, the prevalence of Creation stories such as Genesis and the human desire to feel "important" and centric to the world. Its messages about climate change and the course of the human race really inspired me to make a change in my community. I honestly didn't revise my essay after I wrote it, or even show it to anyone. I just...

College Admissions Advice

How I chose schools to apply to
83 Words
I applied to a crazy assortment of schools: Ivy leagues, a few private schools, public schools around the East Coast, state schools, and even Canadian....

What I’d change about my application process
50 Words
I would probably apply to fewer schools. I applied to 10, and a few of them...

Whether I used a private admissions counselor, and advice I received
94 Words
I had a family friend (a Harvard alum and private admissions counselor The College Matchmaker) who gave me a private tour of Harvard and counseled me once on...

List of schools I interviewed with and my interview experience
91 Words
I interviewed with Harvard University, at my local library. The interview went extremely well--I felt like I really connected with my alumni interviewer over my interest in...

Recommended summer activities during high school and college
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I toured a lot of colleges in the summers. I also volunteered a bit with a local environmental group, and started a small project to...

What set me apart from other applicants
68 Words
I think my passion for my extracurriculars and my well-rounded profile set me apart. I was never a "national champion"...

Why I ultimately chose my school
159 Words
Honestly? I chose my school because I won a full scholarship, and my family was in an unstable financial position. It was heartbreaking to have to give up the opportunity to go to Harvard, which had become a big part of my identity since I was accepted in...

What I like about my school’s location and culture
78 Words
The people at UMD are so politically active! The school is close enough to DC to be able to access federal internships and...

Whether I took out loans or applied for scholarships, and my advice
140 Words
I applied to a few small, local scholarships, and ended up being awarded around $7,500 total. But the most money I got came from school-specific scholarships. I won the top academic scholarships at UVM, Fordham and UMass, which were both around $16,000 per year....

Why I declined other schools
79 Words
A few schools I applied to were not very high on my interest list, especially Fordham, which waived its application fee. A few others...

Post-college plans
78 Words
I hope to go into either environmental law, environmental policy, government, or foreign service. My ideal career would combine these interests: an international...