College Admissions Info

University of Southern California, ‘19
BA, English, Communication and Media Studies

Profile Overview

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

Student Background

I was accepted to and will be attending USC (the dream school)! Class of 2019. I love art, music, and social justice. It was kind of miraculous how I was accepted, so hopefully, you will find some inspiraiton from my essays. Good luck!
From: Bainbridge , Georgia
Gender: Female
Race/Ethnicity: White Non-Hispanic
Legacy: No
Admission: Regular Decision
Applied To: 9 schools
Accepted At: USC, Tulane, Emerson, FSU, UGA, American, UCLA, GA Tech
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Is English First Language: Yes
Other Language(s) Spoken: Spanish

Test Scores

Converted SAT Score: 1230
Highest SAT: 1710
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High School Performance

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Top 5%
High School Type: Public
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Academic Performance in High School: Steady
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Extracurriculars & Awards

Sports: Swimming/Diving
Extracurricular Activities: Student Council / Government
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College Application Essays

Badum…badum…badum… The bass of a 2008 pop song reverberated against my erratic heartbeat as my sweaty fingertips dragged the mouse across my computer screen. I glanced nervously around the school lunchroom that, despite the noble efforts of the PTO committee, still reeked of steak nuggets and suspicious grape juice. The students of Hutto Middle School quickly claimed the booths along the wall, too embarrassed to be the first to conquer the dance floor. This was my first school dance....

Supplemental Essay: Strong beliefs/principles
232 Words
Ever since I can remember, my parents have always encouraged me to contribute to society and never stop looking for ways to serve others. When I was in tenth grade, I discovered that military families overseas can use coupons up to six months after their expiration date. I recruited some of my friends and started a service club, calling it “Savings for Soldiers.” We went to the local recycling center and dug for discarded coupon books. We have reached out...

Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
215 Words
Words fascinate me. The way that one can manipulate diction and syntax to woo, inform, anger, placate, and even spark a revolution interests me more than any other academic study. My dream job would be to work at a publishing firm or teach English in a high school setting. To study English at one of the best schools in the country would be a dream come true. Along with challenging curriculum, Los Angeles offers so many internship and networking opportunities....

Additional Essay Details:
78 Words
These are the essays I wrote for USC. The prompts were: 1. USC students are known to be involved. Briefly describe a non-academic pursuit (such as service to community or family, a club or sport, or work, etc.,) that best illustrates who you are, and why it is important to you. (250 word limit). 2. Describe your academic interests and how you plan to pursue them at USC. Please feel free to address your first- and second-choice major selections (250 word limit).

College Admissions Advice

Recommended summer activities during high school and college
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Start a creative community service...

How to approach transferring schools
43 Words
Get as involved in the school you are transfering to as possible. Try...

List of schools I interviewed with and my interview experience
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I toured all but one of the schools I applied to. If they know that...

Reaching out to professors and coaches at schools I applied to
37 Words
Always try to sit down with your admissions councelor or coach....

What set me apart from other applicants
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When I look at my application, I see three things that helped me out (given my sub-par test scores). 1.) Location. I come from a backwoods Georgia town. Nobody from...