College Admissions Info

Duke University, ‘19
BS, Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering, Neuroscience

Profile Overview

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

Student Background

Undergrad Engineering Student at Duke University
From: San Diego , California
Gender: Female
Race/Ethnicity: White Non-Hispanic
Legacy: No
Admission: Regular Decision
Applied To: 8 schools
Accepted At: UCLA, UCSD, Duke, UCSB
Denied At:
Waitlisted At:
Withdrew From:
Is English First Language: Yes
Other Language(s) Spoken: French

Test Scores

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High School Performance

GPA, Weighted
Top 5%
High School Type: Public
AP / IB Classes and Scores:
Academic Performance in High School: Steady

Extracurriculars & Awards

Sports: Cross Country, Swimming/Diving, Track & Field
Extracurricular Activities: National Honor Society, Odyssey of the Mind, Nursing Home Volunteer
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College Application Essays

As the clock ticks past five, I leave behind the busy world and retreat to the paradise behind my neighborhood – dirty, rocky trails. This is where I bid farewell to my everyday engagements – homework, texts, essays. It’s my time, my escape, and I’m smiling. The first two miles are always the most difficult. Blood begins draining from my organs, flowing to my limbs, leaving my unconscious wondering where the AC went. My breath becomes labored, the warm Santa...

Supplemental Essay: Diversity statement
255 Words
On the surface, I am the antithesis of diverse. I come from an average family with two kids and two dogs. My parents’ marriage, like many others, ended in divorce. As a blonde in southern California, I’m fairly accustomed to blending in. While I may seem merely average in these terms, I have realized that it is my wide range of experiences and interests that takes me away from the normal crowd. The first time I left the country,...

Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
56 Words
"‘Twas the night before Duke interview deadlines, when all through the school, Not a senior was sleeping, not even the jewel." I continued through the poem by setting it up somewhat similarly to the Night Before Christmas poem. It was lighthearted and fun, and showed how I could write despite my AP language score.

Supplemental Essay: Amusing anecdote
242 Words
When I was eleven, it became clear to me – my brother was a ruthless capitalist. It was the summer of 2008, and Northern California was cloaked in a blanket of smoke. The two of us sat inside, day after day, passing the time playing Monopoly. Seven years my senior, his strategy and knowledge of economics far surpassed my own. Each and every game finished the same way: me, bankrupt. I hated to lose. Determined to beat him just once, before he...

Additional Essay Details:
450 Words
My personal statements took a lot of time and effort. And that is what it comes to when you are applying to college, this is not a thing you can do over one weekend, or let alone the night before. Start as soon as possible. And work as much as you can on improving your essays, they say the most about you, and when I met with the admissions officer who accepted me, he told me how my essays stood...

College Admissions Advice

What I now know about my school that I never would have known prior to enrolling
14 Words
The school spirit is...

What I’d change about my application process
40 Words
Start working as soon as possible, trust me procrastination is not fun...

5 adjectives that describe a typical student at my school (Feel free to elaborate!)
6 Words
Dedicated, spirited,...

Recommended summer activities during high school and college
23 Words
Volunteer. Volunteer wherever you can, and apply...

What set me apart from other applicants
29 Words
Set yourself apart. I used a poem for my ...

Why I declined other schools
86 Words
I was waitlisted at Harvard but chose to withdraw my position. I felt that I had already found the school that would suit me best, and...

Whether I took out loans or applied for scholarships, and my advice
80 Words
I am currently still in the process of applying for scholarships (yes, it does not stop after high school!). Do as much as you...

What I like about my school’s location and culture
185 Words
Many people may say that Durham is not exactly a college town. It is a small town, and I won't disagree with that, but it has exactly what I was looking for. Duke's campus is stunning, and if you haven't visited, I would strongly encourage you to do so. I like how Duke is located in...