College Admissions Info

Duke University, ‘19
BA, English, History

Profile Overview

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

Student Background

An international
From: Falmouth , Massachusetts
Gender: Female
Race/Ethnicity: Hispanic
Legacy: Sibling
Admission: Early Decision
Applied To: 2 schools
Accepted At: Duke, Wheaton
Denied At:
Waitlisted At:
Withdrew From:
Is English First Language: Yes
Other Language(s) Spoken: Swahili

Test Scores

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High School Performance

GPA, Weighted
Top 1%
High School Type: International
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Academic Performance in High School: Steady
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Extracurriculars & Awards

Sports: Basketball, Swimming/Diving, Volleyball
Extracurricular Activities: Model Congress / Model UN, Younglife (Christian), Church, Community or summer theater/plays, Nonprofit, NGO or Charitable Organization, Outdoors/Hiking Club, Tutoring/Mentoring
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College Application Essays

How do you survive a raging volcanic eruption every 5-10 years? Elymas has the answers. Spindly-legged, toothless, resting casually on his wooden staff, Elymas told me in a mishmosh of ‘Swahili-English’ the lessons of living in the beautiful mud-hutted Maasai village nestled between an active volcano and the flesh-burning Natron soda lake in northwest Tanzania. Walking around Maasai bomas, he explained how generations survived the volcano’s wrath. There’s no handy binder, web database, or even a scrap of...

Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
152 Words
Duke has been my number one choice ever since my 2013 campus visit, when I saw its energetic, passionate and talented student body, engaged faculty, and thriving diversity. My love of Duke was affirmed during a more ‘personal and up close’ visit this past year with my brother (Class ‘17). Beyond this, one of the things that comes closest to my heart is Duke’s commitment to service and development, encouraging all of us to serve and step outside comfort zones with...

Supplemental Essay: Diversity statement
251 Words
Though I don't fit into what some would consider a 'diverse' background, I've experienced being the minority in an increasingly hostile environment and this has shaped who I am today. Historically, Tanzania has been a safe place to live for Westerners. But in the past few years anti-American hostility has escalated. One block away from my house, a church was bombed, wounding 60 people and killing several; a sports bar airing a British football game was bombed; and over 68 were killed...

Additional Essay Details:
10 Words
Turned in two supplemental essays along with common application essay

College Admissions Advice

How to increase chances at my school
37 Words
Definitely make sure that you let YOUR passions and interests and...

What I’d change about my application process
15 Words
Honestly, nothing. Maybe stay motivated...

Whether I used a private admissions counselor, and advice I received
11 Words
No. I only...

Why I ultimately chose my school
8 Words
It has...