College Admissions Info

University of California - Berkeley, ‘19

Profile Overview

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

Student Background

Hey! I'm Paula and I'm a freshman at Cal (UC Berkeley) - College apps suck, but I'd love to help you out!!
From: Fort Lauderdale , Florida
Gender: Female
Race/Ethnicity: Hispanic
Legacy: Both Parents
Admission: Regular Decision
Applied To: 15+ schools
Accepted At: UC Berkeley, Northeastern, FSU, UCSD, LMU, Fordham, Florida, UCLA, NYU
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Is English First Language: No
Other Language(s) Spoken: Spanish

Test Scores

Converted SAT Score: 1430
Highest SAT: 2030
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High School Performance

High School Type: Religious
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Academic Performance in High School: Low at first but improved
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Extracurriculars & Awards

Extracurricular Activities: Model Congress / Model UN, National Honor Society, Student Council / Government, Spanish Club, Nonprofit, NGO or Charitable Organization, Nonprofit, NGO or Charitable Organization
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College Application Essays

PROMPT: Describe the world you come from — for example, your family, community or school — and tell us how your world has shaped your dreams and aspirations. I find it quite difficult to make it through a conversation without quoting someone. It’s more than just a bad habit; it’s an addiction. I even have a quotation about quotations by one of my favorite authors, John Green: ¨Perhaps our favorite quotations say more about us than the stories and people...

Supplemental Essay: Scholarship application
231 Words
PROMPT: Please succinctly describe your leadership philosophy and how this philosophy impacts your interaction with others in the role(s) you listed above. What empowers you to lead is believing in others just as much, if not more, than you believe in yourself. Every one of my experiences working with people, of all ages and backgrounds, has demonstrated that there is no superiority within the human race, only differences in strengths and weaknesses. From teaching preschoolers the art of communication...

Additional Essay Details:
19 Words
This was one of three essays for a leadership scholarship I was later awarded from UC Berkeley's Alumni Association.

College Admissions Advice

What I’d change about my application process
30 Words
Follow your gut. I listened too much to others'...

Whether I used a private admissions counselor, and advice I received
26 Words
I did use a private adviser. He was...

Why I declined other schools
27 Words
I wanted a school that would push me...

List of schools I interviewed with and my interview experience
35 Words
For one interview, I was only asked one question and mostly...

How I chose schools to apply to
44 Words
Location is so important. I applied around the country, but I knew I...

My advice about getting recommenders
30 Words
Of course, make sure the teacher likes you and...

What I like about my school’s location and culture
14 Words
Berkeley is a hub...