Holyoke ‘18
B.A., Undecided
Recent graduate with B.A. in Biological Sciences from Mount Holyoke College
Features Included


Hometown Lawrence, Kansas
AdmissionRegular Decision
First Gen College StudentNo
English First Language Yes

Results, Essays, and Advice

Waitlisted or Withdrew
  • Mount Holyoke College (South Hadley, MA)
  • Clark University (Worcester, MA)
  • Smith College (Northampton, MA)
  • Bowdoin College (Brunswick, ME)
  • Middlebury College (Middlebury, VT)
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Mount Holyoke College (South Hadley, MA)

Applied for a B.A.

Accepted and Enrolled Legacy: No

School Specific Essays

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.
For as long as I can remember, I have loved learning. My entire childhood included some form of independent, in-depth study completely unrelated to school. While most of my classmates dreaded research papers, I embraced them. I would research relentlessly until my curiosity was satiated. I often remained devoted to one subject for months or even years at a time. My love of knowledge and the pursuit of it began before I was even in pre-school. The idea of flight...
Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
412 Words
The expression "never fear / change" can be interpreted many ways. How might it apply to your life? (400/400 words)
For most of my life, change has made me uneasy. No matter how frequently it proves to be positive, I resist it. I regularly remind myself to welcome change because it’s an essential ingredient in moving forward, but haven’t often taken my own advice. Last year, I faced perhaps the greatest change I have dealt with so far, stepping away from what had been the most important part of my life, not knowing the outcome of that decision....
Supplemental Essay: Extracurricular activity
249 Words
Briefly elaborate on one of your extracurricular or work experiences (247/250 words)
By far the extracurricular experience that has played the greatest role in shaping who I am is my participation in regional, national, and international yoga championships. For the last seven years, training for these competitions has been the most important non-academic focus in my life. What started out as a casual interest became a central part of my identity. I was first introduced to yoga competitions when my mother, a yoga instructor herself, took me to watch the International Yoga...
Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
207 Words
Why do you want to attend Saint Mary's College of California? (200/200 words)
For a long time, the prospect of choosing a college seemed daunting to me. I had no idea what to look for or even what I wanted in a school. At this point I wasn’t even aware of what options existed outside the typical, cookie-cutter state universities and intimidating Ivy Leagues, neither of which particularly appealed to me. Then I discovered Colleges That Change Lives, an invaluable little book that opened my eyes to the world of private liberal...

School Specific Advice

More Essays

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General Admissions Advice

How to deal with the stress of applying to college
75 Words
Getting organized helps a lot. It might seem like a pain but making a list or spreadsheet of all the schools you are...
How I narrowed down my essay topics
113 Words
One of the guidance counselors at my high school would have us do "stream of conscious" writing activities to brainstorm possible essays. She would give us a broad prompt and then we would spend ...
My advice about getting recommenders
95 Words
(For academic/teacher recommendations) Ask people who know your work and the kind of student you are. I'm pretty introverted and not someone who really makes "friends" with their...

High School Performance

Unweighted GPA
Top 25%
High School TypePublic
Academic Performance in High School Steady

Test Scores

Highest SAT
SAT Score Details
Converted SAT Score1230
Other SAT Scores
SAT Prep

AP / IB Classes and Scores

Details6 classes and scores



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