College Admissions Info

epasquale
epasquale
Duke University ‘19
BS, Biology

Profile Overview

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

Student Background

Incoming Freshman at Duke University interested in Biology and ballet
From: Cincinnati , Ohio
Gender: Female
Race/Ethnicity: White Non-Hispanic
Legacy: No
Admission: Regular Decision
Applied To: 7 schools
Accepted At: Duke, Wake Forest, WashU, Emory, Ohio State
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Is English First Language: Yes
Other Language(s) Spoken: Spanish

Test Scores

2310
SAT
33
ACT
Converted SAT Score: 1560
Highest SAT: 2310
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High School Performance

4.24
GPA
Top 1%
Rank
High School Type: Other Private
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Academic Performance in High School: Steady
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Extracurriculars & Awards

Extracurricular Activities: Charity Drive Organizing, Dance, Science Club/Team, School Jazz / Orchestra, Tutoring/Mentoring
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College Application Essays

638 Words
It's not just about rhinestones, ribbons, and tutus. And it's certainly not easy or cute. In fact, it's remarkable how much sweat, hard work, and time goes into making ballet look effortless. I tolerate bruised toenails, muscle cramps, and raw blisters because of the fleeting moment when everything finally comes together onstage, but it all starts in the studio. From demi pliés at the barre at 4:30 on a Monday afternoon to final run-throughs that last until 9:30 on a Friday...









Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
199 Words
If you are applying to the Trinity College of Arts and Sciences as a first year applicant, please discuss why you consider Duke a good match for you. Is there something particular about Duke that attracts you? (Please limit your response to no more than 150 words.) ​ For a university with unprecedented academic caliber, Duke's dance program is without parallel. After my first campus visit, when I participated in an advanced ballet class, I realized that at Duke, I won't have...



Supplemental Essay: Diversity statement
252 Words
Making lunch for my 90-year-old grandparents, the Kroehler's, I drained water out of the pot of cooked broccoli when Grandma yelled, "Stop! You can't dump that-- it has all of the nutrients. I drink that!" Even though some of their habits may seem strange, I have come to admire my grandparents so much. They dedicated their lives to mission work and are the most frugal people I know. A typical lunch begins with hymns and a prayer, and the meal...





College Admissions Advice

Whether I used a private admissions counselor, and advice I received
10 Words
I used the...





List of schools I interviewed with and my interview experience
101 Words
I interviewed with four of the seven schools I applied to. My interview experiences with Duke University and Washington University in St. Louis were very positive. They were mostly just...





Recommended summer activities during high school and college
89 Words
As a dedicated ballet dancer, during high school I participated in summer intensives around the country and at my home studio. The summer before senior year, I...





What set me apart from other applicants
113 Words
Aside from my near perfect grades and test scores, I think the thing that really set my application to Duke apart from other applicants was my artistic supplement and connection to Duke's dance department. ...





Why I declined other schools
44 Words
None of the other schools I was accepted to were as highly ranked...





Post-college plans
15 Words
As of right now, I...





Why I ultimately chose my school
107 Words
While yes, Duke was the highest rank school I was admitted to, it was also my first choice going into the regular decision round of admissions. When I visited Duke a second...





How I chose schools to apply to
68 Words
I chose my schools to apply to mostly based on three factors: size, academic rigor, and whether or not they...





What I like about my school’s location and culture
64 Words
Duke has a very inclusive culture where students genuinely care about each others' success and well-being, and are very...





Reaching out to professors and coaches at schools I applied to
93 Words
Before I visited certain universities, I found certain programs I was interested in and sent the professors an email with specific questions I had and asking them about...





Whether I took out loans or applied for scholarships, and my advice
35 Words
I did not take out any student loans or apply for...





How to increase chances at my school
73 Words
In your personal statement, talk about something you're really passionate about or an experience that made you change in some way. Show...





What might make for a good “Why Us” essay topic at my school
79 Words
I think it's really important to use specific examples and stories in the "Why Duke" essay. I wrote mine about a specific experience I...





My advice about getting recommenders
132 Words
Ask for your letters of recommendation at the end of your junior year. Pick teachers that will say good things about you, especially about improvement, work ethic, drive, passion, etc. At my school, every year teachers write mid-year reports about...