B.A., History
Went to a public high school, now Byzantine history major at UChicago. Experience tutoring and helping with college admissions.
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Hometown Davenport, Iowa
EthnicityWhite Non-Hispanic
AdmissionEarly Action
Class of2016
English First Language Yes
Other Language(s) Spoken Spanish, Turkish, Greek, Portuguese

Results, Essays, and Advice

Waitlisted or Withdrew
  • University of Chicago (Chicago, IL)
  • University of Michigan - Ann Arbor (Ann Arbor, MI)
  • University of Wisconsin - Madison (Madison, WI)
  • University of Iowa (Iowa City, IA)
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University of Chicago (Chicago, IL)

Applied for a B.A. in History

Accepted and Enrolled Legacy: No

School Specific Essays

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Personal Statement
504 Words
Interest in other academic subject
Thousands of hooves thunder across the open steppe. The Mongol nation is on the move. At the head of this horde of mighty horsemen rides Genghis Khan, the Universal Ruler of the Mongols. His life has been one large struggle, but now he is the father and monarch of the largest empire on Earth. Through hard work and ambition, Genghis rose above the various challenges in his life, from treachery to overwhelming odds, to become one of the greatest leaders...
Supplemental Essay “Why us” school essay
312 Words
The University of Chicago: a place of learning and activity, of knowledge and action. As a prospective student, I look for a college that combines a great academic program with many unique activities and opportunities. I think the University of Chicago meets all of these requirements and more. As the fifth best university for history in the country, UChicago offers great teachers and a wide range of classes for history majors. I would like to focus on Byzantine and Ottoman...
Supplemental Essay “Why us” school essay
503 Words
The wind whips through the air as I make my way across the quad. On all sides of me, the city of Ann Arbor is bustling with activity. Students are studying and laughing; a group of friends walk into the university bookstore. After I have toured the campus, I begin to think about the things which make me want to go to the University of Michigan. What really makes this school stand out? Certainly it has a fantastic academic program,...
Supplemental Essay Scholarship application
304 Words
College: the final frontier of school. It is the time to focus your education and create your future. It is vital to go to college to achieve the proper education for this modern world. Although I have learned many ideas in high school, I am not yet prepared to start my career in the world. Attending the University of Chicago next fall, I hope to prepare myself for the rest of my life with the knowledge and experience I will...
Supplemental Essay Unique question posed by school
557 Words
"We will need an oboist for our band once you begin middle school," said Mrs. Ciccotelli. An oboe? What in the world is an oboe? While performing our exercises on the clarinet, I began to ponder this unusual instrument. Although I didn't know what it was, the name seemed to be stuck in my head. After thinking about it for a few weeks, I decided to consider playing the oboe. Envisioning a peculiar sounding, large, wooden instrument, I headed to...
Additional Essay Details
42 Words
University of Chicago "Why Us" University of Michigan "Why Us" Scholarship Essay: What experiences will make the greatest impact on you as you enter college? Unique Essay: University of Chicago: Describe a time you discovered something unexpected. Answer: Fine arts and music.

General Admissions Advice

My favorite course thus far, and why
83 Words
My favorite course was Law and Citizenship in Latin America. The course itself was great, and the teacher was a leading expert in the field,...
What I now know about my school that I never would have known prior to enrolling
124 Words
There are great opportunities to work as a research assistant in a variety of fields, not just the sciences, but also others sociology, psychology, archaeology, anthropology, and gender studies that traditionally don't have very many opportunities. I...
My advice about getting recommenders
171 Words
Have at least one teacher from the field you want to major in and at least one teacher from a different, or supporting subject. For example, I had one recommender that I had for history and AP government and I also was a TA for him as a senior. He knew...
Why I ultimately chose my school
221 Words
I am from a medium-sized time town in Iowa. I definitely wanted to stay in the Midwest but I also wanted to attend a top university. My entire mom's side of the family went to Michigan and I was from Iowa, so naturally I considered the Universities of Iowa and Michigan. I visited Madison a lot on vacation and I loved the town and the campus...
What might make for a good “Why Us” essay topic at my school
187 Words
For any school, it is important to have a unique "Why Us" essay. It is so incredibly obvious if you have not researched the school or just sent the same "Why Us" essay to everyone. Don't give general statements like "I like your study abroad programs, I want to study abroad." Surprise, nearly every school has...

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Converted SAT Score1490
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SportsSwimming/Diving, Tennis


ActivitiesSchool Band, Book Buddies, Green Club, Local Orchestra / Symphony / Band, National Honor Society, Nonprofit, NGO or Charitable Organization, Quiz Bowl/Academic Bowl, School Jazz / Orchestra, Quiz Bowl/Academic Bowl, Boy/Girl Scouts
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