College Admissions Info

Samara2020
Samara2020
Cornell University ‘20
BS, Labor and Industrial Relations, Computer Science

Profile Overview

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

Student Background

Just your average feminist, computer science nerd, and debater.
From: Scarsdale , New York
Gender: Female
Race/Ethnicity: White Non-Hispanic
Legacy: Grandparent
Admission: Regular Decision
Applied To: 15+ schools
Accepted At: UMich, Barnard, Binghamton, McGill, Cornell, NYU, BU, GWU
Denied At:
Waitlisted At:
Withdrew From:
Is English First Language: Yes

Test Scores

2210
SAT
Converted SAT Score: 1520
Highest SAT: 2210
SAT Prep:
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High School Performance

3.85
GPA
Top 25%
Rank
High School Type: Public
College Classes In High School:
Academic Performance in High School: Steady

Extracurriculars & Awards

Extracurricular Activities: Debate Club/Team, Junior Classical League / Latin Club, French Club, National Honor Society, Local Orchestra / Symphony / Band
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College Application Essays

Note: I honestly wasn't sure what to write about for this essay, and since debate was such a huge part of my life, I decided to reflect on my experiences in the activity, particularly the sexism that was prevalent throughout. I decided to do the Common Application prompt about challenging a belief or idea. I'm not sure if this essay was particularly strong -- reading it over, I realize it may have rubbed certain admissions officers the wrong way. Debate...











Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
662 Words
This essay was for Cornell ILR. Prompt: Tell us about your intellectual interests, how they sprung from your course, service, work or life experiences, and what makes them exciting to you. Describe how ILR is the right school for you to pursue these interests. As I repeatedly refreshed the “Current Topics” page on the National Speech and Debate Association (NSDA) website in anticipation of the newest topic for the months of January and February, I wondered what the nature of...









Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
948 Words
This was a creative essay for UChicago. Prompt: Orange is the new black, fifty’s the new thirty, comedy is the new rock ‘n’ roll, ____ is the new ____. What’s in, what’s out, and why is it being replaced? Reality is so basic. It’s the foundation of our existence, yet the answer is so elusive. Which aspects of my life are real, and which aren’t? Which parts of my life are being replaced by simulation, and which...













Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
272 Words
Prompt: What factors influenced your decision to apply to Barnard College and why do you think the College would be a good match for you? (250 word limit) I am drawn to Barnard’s emphasis on women empowerment and sisterhood. Since I aspire to be a change agent, I seek opportunities to cultivate my leadership skills. Barnard’s Athena Scholars Program would allow me to first enact change on a smaller scale as part of its requirements, and in the process...





Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
283 Words
Prompt: Pick one woman in history or fiction to converse with for an hour and explain your choice. What would you talk about? (250 word limit) My deep involvement in LD debate has sparked my passion for philosophy. I have read many philosophical works, such as those of Rousseau, Locke, and Hobbes. However, as I read through the works of several Enlightenment philosophers, I was struck by the absence of women in their texts. It seemed ironic to me that men...





Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
281 Words
Prompt: Alumna and writer Anna Quindlen says that she “majored in unafraid” at Barnard. Tell us about a time when you majored in unafraid. (250 word limit) I was sitting in homeroom the first time I “majored in unafraid.” My iPhone flashed a headline, “French Soldiers Guarding Jewish Site Are Attacked.” Given that I was scheduled to leave for France in just a few weeks, I felt as if I was voluntarily inching closer to terrorism, rather than avoiding it. I...





Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
489 Words
Prompt: In the spirit of Emory's tradition of courageous inquiry, what question do you want to help answer and why? (500 word limit) From my deep involvement in Lincoln Douglas debate, I have grown to adore the field of philosophy. After reading the works of renowned philosophers like John Locke, Immanuel Kant, and Emmanuel Levinas, I became interested in their ideas and began to use them frequently in debate rounds. Thus, I began to contemplate: How can abstract fields of study...







Supplemental Essay: Amusing anecdote
561 Words
Note: I submitted some version of this essay to most schools I applied to, as it answered a variety of prompts. I usually adjusted the length to answer the prompt. Some examples of prompts this answered: Describe an extracurricular activity. (Vanderbilt) Tell us about an intellectual experience, either directly related to your schoolwork or not, that you found particularly meaningful. (Dartmouth) Education is… (Boston University) Everyone belongs to many different communities and/or groups defined by (among other things) shared...









Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
423 Words
Note: most of my "Why us" essays followed a very similar structure that is similar to this essay. Prompt: Why NYU? (400 Words) NYU’s emphasis on interdisciplinary study draws me to its College of Arts and Sciences. Specifically, NYU’s Public Policy program ties into my passions for philosophy, politics, and economics in order to address issues of social importance. My passion for politics and philosophy stems from my deep involvement in Lincoln Douglas debate, where multiple disciplines serve to...







Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
396 Words
Prompt: When choosing a college community, you are choosing a place where you believe that you can live, learn, and flourish. Generations of inspiring women have thrived in the Wellesley community, and we want to know what aspects of this community inspire you to consider Wellesley. We know that there are more than 100 reasons to choose Wellesley, but the “Wellesley 100” is a good place to start. Visit the Wellesley 100 (www.wellesley.edu/admission/100) and let us know, in two well-developed...







Additional Essay Details:
135 Words
It was very helpful to have an essay that worked for a variety of different prompts that was not intended for school specific questions. Also, many of my "Why us" essays followed a similar structure, but it is important to do tons of research on the school you are applying to in order to make sure that your essays do not seem recycled. I often did this by mentioning specific professors or programs at the school. If you are unsure...



College Admissions Advice

Additional material sent in after waitlisted or deferred
81 Words
I sent update letters to schools I was deferred at to regional admissions officers. In the letters I included updates on information that was...