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Profile Overview

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

Student Background

Stanford student hailing from NYC with a strong interest in science! Thrilled to share advice.
From: New York City
Gender: Female
Race/Ethnicity: White Non-Hispanic
Legacy: No
Admission: Regular Decision
Applied To: 15+ schools
Accepted At: Duke, Princeton, MIT, Stanford
Denied At:
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Withdrew From:
Is English First Language: Yes

Test Scores

Converted SAT Score: 1570
Highest SAT: 2320
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High School Performance

High School Type: Other Private
Academic Performance in High School: Steady
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Extracurriculars & Awards

Extracurricular Activities: Choir, Math Team, Science Club/Team, Debate Club/Team, Tutoring/Mentoring
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College Application Essays

Thousands and thousands of stars swept past, a brilliant, pulsing sea of lights. I was twelve years old, and was sitting for the first time in the Hadyn Planetarium at the Museum of Natural History in New York City. When the lights dimmed in the theater, I was so apprehensive that I closed my eyes. But once I opened them, I saw something unlike anything I had ever imagined. I was transfixed, immobile, as I traveled through galaxies, watched stars...

Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
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Stanford doesn't have a "why us" essay, they have a "what do you care about and why" essay. Pretty intimidating. I wrote about my interest in physics research and why I thought physics was amazing. It did repeat the theme from my common app essay, but I thought it was too important of an essay to talk about something that wasn't my primary interest.

College Admissions Advice

What I’d change about my application process
60 Words
I was hugely stressed out and insecure, and ended up obsessing about perceived weaknesses of my applications rather...

What might make for a good “Why Us” essay topic at my school
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Stanford prides itself on its Computer Science department and its "entrepreneurial spirit," among other things. Start-ups are common. If you think you would...

My advice about getting recommenders
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As far as recs go, I think that you can really tell when a high school teacher would be open to writing you a recommendation. Ask teachers you have a GREAT...

How to increase chances at my school
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Stanford seems to really like people who are intellectual, having interests that span...

Why I ultimately chose my school
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I really liked the research opportunities at Stanford, as well as the lovely weather, and the world-class academics. But what really swayed me was the ...

Recommended summer activities during high school and college
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To anyone interested in science, I strongly recommend science research during high school summers. Not only is it fun and rewarding, it also can look good to colleges, especially if you present yourself as someone interested...

Additional material sent in after waitlisted or deferred
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I was deferred from Princeton SCEA (early application), but was able to turn around that decision to get an acceptance for Regular Decision. I think what made the difference is that I had two substantial...

List of schools I interviewed with and my interview experience
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Interviews are actually amazing opportunities to connect on a more personal level with the school you're applying with. While standard alumni interviewers DO...