College Admissions Info

Princeton University, ‘19
BS, Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering

Profile Overview

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

Student Background

I'm a Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering student at Princeton University. I come from backwoods PA, went to a large rural public high school, and enjoying playing video games, ultimate frisbee, and guitar in my free time.
From: Tobyhanna , Pennsylvania
Gender: Male
Race/Ethnicity: White Non-Hispanic
Legacy: No
Admission: Early Action
Applied To: 6 schools
Accepted At: Princeton, Penn State, Pitt, Swarthmore
Denied At:
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Withdrew From:
Is English First Language: Yes

Test Scores

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High School Performance

(no specification of weighting)
Top 1%
High School Type: Public
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Academic Performance in High School: Steady
Explanation of Any Low Grades:

Extracurriculars & Awards

Extracurricular Activities: Debate Club/Team, Quiz Bowl/Academic Bowl, Odyssey of the Mind
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College Application Essays

"Um, hello. My name is Alex." As I timidly muttered my name, I felt my hands betray my true nervousness. At the beginning of eighth grade, my parents signed me up for Speech and Debate tryouts. My mother explained that I couldn't stay in the house forever. She tried, often in vain, to impress upon me the importance of socialization and networking. I tried my best to refute her claims; after all, I had met plenty of "friends" on my...

Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
577 Words
"Using a favorite quotation from an essay or book you have read in the last three years as a starting point, tell us about an event or experience that helped you define one of your values or changed how you approach the world. Please write the quotation, title and author at the beginning of your essay." "No art is possible without a dance with death" - Slaughterhouse V by Kurt Vonnegut A 55 pound blur of shaggy white and black fur...

Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
158 Words
"Please tell us how you have spent the last two summers (or vacations between school years), including any jobs you have held." For the last two summers, I have worked at Akelaland Cub Scout Resident Camp. As store manager, I maintained inventory, handled money, and generally had a great deal of responsibility. Additionally, I was elected Treasurer of Venturing Crew 1629, a Boy Scout-esque organization which maintains the camp through volunteer work. I consider camp my true home. I cannot articulate...

Additional Essay Details:
941 Words
So looking back on my essays, I'm struck by how much they really suck. Like, genuinely, I cringed reading these again. There are some terrible puns and turns of phrase that just make me wonder if the admissions folks actually read them and, if so, if I only got in due to pity for my awful writing abilities. I'm probably being hypercritical of myself, because the evidence says they weren't that bad, but honestly, these aren't that great. If there...

College Admissions Advice

List of schools I interviewed with and my interview experience
105 Words
Interviews are not a very big deal for most colleges, even the elite ones to which I applied. They serve more as an informational experience to you, the applicant. That being said,...

My advice about getting recommenders
149 Words
Most colleges you apply to will want your recommenders to be of varying subject areas; I remember Princeton and other schools specifically asking for one Liberal Arts rec and one Math/Science rec. This means, assuming you are a sophomore or junior when reading this,...

Recommended summer activities during high school and college
155 Words
Honestly, the most important thing about summer activities is just doing something personally fulfilling and something which shows that you can go out and do things. It sounds simple, but literally anything you do that involves work or academics or anything with responsibility will do nothing but...

Whether I took out loans or applied for scholarships, and my advice
174 Words
So, coming from a rural, low income area, I got a lot of scholarships. I could've gone to Pitt for about 10k/yr with a full tuition merit scholarship, and Swarthmore would've been around 15k with like 40k in grants. Princeton, though, is probably the most generous school in the world (aside...

Post-college plans
24 Words
I hope to get a job working...