College Admissions Info

sarahshalash
sarahshalash
Yale University ‘19
BA, Public Policy, Administration, and Social Work

Profile Overview

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

Student Background

Coffee and book addict, lover of learning.
From: Frisco , Texas
Gender: Female
Race/Ethnicity: White Non-Hispanic
Legacy: No
Admission: Regular Decision
Applied To: 12 schools
Accepted At: UT Austin, UChicago, Northwestern, BU, Northeastern, Tufts, Fordham, NYU, Yale
Denied At:
Waitlisted At:
Withdrew From:
Is English First Language: Yes
Other Language(s) Spoken: Arabic, French

Test Scores

2290
SAT
Converted SAT Score: 1550
Highest SAT: 2290
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High School Performance

3.97
GPA
Top 1%
Rank
High School Type: Public
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Academic Performance in High School: Steady

Extracurriculars & Awards

Sports: Volleyball
Extracurricular Activities: Debate Club/Team, Drama Production Crew, French Club, National Honor Society
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College Application Essays

It begins at age 6. “Al-Shalash. What kind of last name is that?” The cashier asks, smiling warmly. I stand taller against the counter, grinning. I know the answer to this one. Arab. Arab! Say Arab. My mother is unsmiling. She does not say Arab. Her eyebrow arches: stony, defensive, cold. “American.” Her accent is thick. We all hear it. Nobody says anything else. --- “So, like, what are you?” I am 12, my vision blurred by the gray colored contacts I...











Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
103 Words
I’ve always been drawn to strong communities: my US history class, the Speech Team, the Wendy Davis Campaign—because a truly strong community is about the power of difference, about what we as individuals can create together. And that’s what Yale is: a place where I can explore my own interests, in classes (Fault Lines) and in clubs (Yale Student Roundtable), and a place where—in the Residential College system, in small, seminar-like classes, in a general atmosphere...



Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
49 Words
In response to "What excites you intellectually, really?" Primarily: Discussion. Intellectual give and take. But an honorable mention goes to: 2000s hip hop, and my incredible (and nobody can tell me otherwise) podcast collection—Serial, This American Life, Radiolab, and A Way With Words, to name my favorites.

Additional Essay Details:
959 Words
So the thing about the college essay is that it is inherently the most difficult part of any application. Because there are no precedents or correct answers here. Your only job is to present yourself in the best, most interesting light possible. So, in light of the lack of guideline, I'd like to offer some of my own: Rule #1: Before you start applying to schools, figure out your best and worst qualities. This is a really important part of all...













College Admissions Advice

5 adjectives that describe a typical student at my school (Feel free to elaborate!)
5 Words
Driven, community-minded,...





Whether I used a private admissions counselor, and advice I received
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I didn't! Just...





Recommended summer activities during high school and college
18 Words
From my experience, it really...





What set me apart from other applicants
29 Words
Essays, I think. I don't think essays have to...





What might make for a good “Why Us” essay topic at my school
25 Words
I definitely think it's important to hit on...





My advice about getting recommenders
37 Words
Pick a teacher whose class you've worked hard in. Above and...





Most popular extracurricular activities at my college
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Acapella,...





What I’d change about my application process
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Some of my essays were a little overdone,...





How to increase chances at my school
44 Words
Read "Applying Sideways" and "How to be a High School Superstar". I honestly...





Why I ultimately chose my school
10 Words
Amazing community, honestly....