College Admissions Info

Taylor K
Taylor K
Harvard University, ‘18
BA, Neuroscience and Neurobiology

Profile Overview

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

Student Background

I am currently a student at Harvard University. I am studying neurobiology. After college, I plan to attend medical school.
From: Hugo , Minnesota
Gender: Female
First Gen College Student: Yes
Race/Ethnicity: White Non-Hispanic
Legacy: No
Admission: Regular Decision
Applied To: 12 schools
Accepted At: MIT, JHU, Northwestern, Wellesley, BU, U of Minnesota
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Is English First Language: Yes
Other Language(s) Spoken: German

Test Scores

Converted SAT Score: 1540
Highest SAT: 2250
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High School Performance

GPA, Weighted
Top 1%
High School Type: Public
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Academic Performance in High School: Steady

Extracurriculars & Awards

Sports: Volleyball, Lacrosse
Extracurricular Activities: National Honor Society, Math Team, School Theater/Plays, Science Club/Team
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College Application Essays

568 Words
Purging Pride and Prejudice I think it is safe to assume that no one would consider me incredibly ladylike. I usually have a calculator in one hand and my lacrosse stick in the other. I’m never one to draw any attention to myself either. During school, I sit quietly working on my latest math or science assignment. After school, I have been known to roll my eyes as my team announces that tomorrow is “dress-up day,” which is a...

Supplemental Essay: Amusing anecdote
512 Words
I had, for a long time, been content with my knowledge of the world. I knew about other cultures; I had read about them in books, had seen movies, and had even met some people from the world outside of my own. I liked to fantasize about traveling to many different places and immersing myself in other cultures. When the opportunity to travel to Germany for a three-week exchange arose, I couldn’t have been more enthralled at the idea. ...

Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
284 Words
It didn’t take long for me to understand the ideals of Wellesley College. The college promotes a global community, strong friendships and networks, and a balanced, liberal arts education. All of these things make me feel as if I would fit in with this unique group of women. There are, however, a few things that stand out among the rest as to why I would like to attend Wellesley. The first is the alumnae network. When I visited campus,...

Supplemental Essay: Strong beliefs/principles
251 Words
When I think of my most positive attributes, my ambition first comes to mind. Ambition is not always considered the most positive characteristic (just ask Macbeth), but I think that I can safely say that my ambition has gotten me to the point where I am today. I have always been one to strive toward my goals, whether they are academic or otherwise. I always want to achieve my full potential. I take the most challenging courses available in school...

Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
503 Words
My biggest failure in choosing a college would be to choose one with a philosophy that differs greatly from my own. I am someone who has always yearned for exploration, whether I am traveling a new country, researching a fixating concept, or examining my own mind. I know that Johns Hopkins would accommodate my adventurous spirit and provide me with every opportunity to quench my intellectual thirst. Academically, Johns Hopkins has several programs that suit my current interests. Neuroscience has...

Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
254 Words
When I visited Northwestern University last spring, I was unsure how I would like it. Five minutes after arriving to campus, however, I had already made up my mind. I felt completely comfortable. The scenery was beautiful and my family was greeted warmly. From then on, everything that I heard about Northwestern made it a wonderful option for me. Being located only a short distance from Chicago, Northwestern provides a great living experience, both academically and recreationally. Internships and jobs...

Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
255 Words
When someone asks me which sports I play, I say three things—volleyball, lacrosse, and math team. I’ve gotten a few quizzical looks in answer to my response, a few laughs, and a few retorts of “math team isn’t a sport!”. Literally, no, math team is not a sport. There is no physical activity involved, no ball or goal, and no everyday practice. I have, however, dedicated as much of my life to math team as I have...

Additional Essay Details:
188 Words
It took me a long time to figure out what I wanted to write about in my personal statement because I was searching for an earth-shattering event in my past that was not really present. In the end, I chose to use an anecdote that showed my personality, not only through what I wrote, but also through my writing style. I wanted to show a bit of my sense of humor, while describing the things that are important to me....

College Admissions Advice

My favorite course thus far, and why
49 Words
My favorite course so far has been my freshman seminar on current ideas about brain...

What I now know about my school that I never would have known prior to enrolling
55 Words
I had always assumed that the atmosphere at Harvard was cold and competitive, but I couldn't have...

What I’d change about my application process
73 Words
The only thing I would change about my application process would be to start early! I was hesitant to begin my application...

List of schools I interviewed with and my interview experience
54 Words
I was nervous about my admissions interviews, but I shouldn't have been. The people that you...

Why I ultimately chose my school
64 Words
I ultimately chose Harvard over the other schools that I was accepted to because of the academic rigor and...

How to increase chances at my school
70 Words
Harvard Admissions say that 2/3 of the applicants to Harvard are qualified to attend in terms of grades and test scores. This...