College Admissions Info

Julia D.
Julia D.
Harvard University, ‘19
BA, Political Science and Government, English

Profile Overview

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

Student Background

Freshman at Harvard
From: Pembroke , Massachusetts
Gender: Female
Race/Ethnicity: White Non-Hispanic
Legacy: No
Admission: Regular Decision
Applied To: 10 schools
Accepted At: Harvard, BU, Northeastern, Colgate, GWU, UMass, UConn, Barnard
Denied At:
Waitlisted At:
Withdrew From:
Is English First Language: Yes
Other Language(s) Spoken: French

Test Scores

Converted SAT Score: 1430
Highest SAT: 2040
SAT Prep:
Highest ACT:
ACT Prep:

High School Performance

GPA, Weighted
Top 5%
High School Type: Public
AP / IB Classes and Scores:
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Academic Performance in High School: Steady
Explanation of Any Low Grades:

Extracurriculars & Awards

Sports: Cross Country, Track & Field
Extracurricular Activities: School Newspaper/Magazine/Journalism, National Honor Society
Elaborate on Extracurriculars or Work:
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College Application Essays

An Unlikely Marriage
 I encountered the first book I ever loved when I was five years old: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. My dad read to me at night, using a gravelly voice for Hagrid, a British accent for Harry, and a soft, feathery voice for Dumbledore. I remember lying in my bed transfixed in the fictional land.
 This adoration of reading that I developed on those nights followed me into school. Whenever teachers asked my favorite subject,...

Supplemental Essay: Issue of personal significance
58 Words
In this essay I talked about the anti-drug organization I started at my school, making it personal by discussing the effects of one of my loved one's struggle with addiction. I focused on how I do not want to see anyone else go through what my family and I did when you know someone with a drug addiction.

Additional Essay Details:
51 Words
It can be difficult to decide the topic for your personal statement, but ultimately it has to be something true to you. My personal essay is much less about an event in my life than it is an extended metaphor about my parents and potential career paths I planned to take.

College Admissions Advice

Additional material sent in after waitlisted or deferred
57 Words
I applied to Harvard under the restrictive early action program and was deferred to regular decision. After...

Whether I took out loans or applied for scholarships, and my advice
18 Words
I applied for a lot...

List of schools I interviewed with and my interview experience
53 Words
I interviewed with Harvard, Brown, and Columbia. All three were just alumni interviews and they were...

My advice about getting recommenders
52 Words
Use teachers with whom you have a personal connection. Generally, colleges require two recommendations. Avoid using...

Why I declined other schools
96 Words
Ultimately, Harvard was always my dream school. When I was accepted, it was kind of a no brainer for me. Not only was it where I always wanted to...