College Admissions Info

HCC7
HCC7
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, ‘18
BS, Computer Science

Profile Overview

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

Student Background

Female-bodied, low income, EECS. I have a love for CS (see blog: copingwithcomputers.com)
From: Jim Thorpe , Pennsylvania
Gender: Other
Race/Ethnicity: White Non-Hispanic
Legacy: No
Admission: Regular Decision
Applied To: 12 schools
Accepted At: MIT, Cornell, Princeton, Brown, CalTech, RPI
Denied At:
Waitlisted At:
Withdrew From:
Is English First Language: Yes

Test Scores

2300
SAT
Converted SAT Score: 1560
Highest SAT: 2300
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High School Performance

4.40
GPA
Top 1%
Rank
High School Type: Public
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Academic Performance in High School: Steady
Explanation of Any Low Grades:

Extracurriculars & Awards

Sports: Tennis
Extracurricular Activities: Chess, Quiz Bowl/Academic Bowl
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College Application Essays

To say my parent’s divorce was bitter and drawn-out would be an understatement. This ordeal lasted three years, and warped the concept of a “regular day” to me. I would come home from school anticipating someone screaming, slamming doors, or breaking things. When my mom, sisters and I fled our house, we thought it would get better. As it turns out, my father’s abusive tendencies only got worse. A court ruled, despite the pleading of me and my...











Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
154 Words
When people ask me about computer science, I never fail to speak with what I call the “nerd accent,” characterized by fast talking and the occasional jumping up and down in excitement. The topic which makes me most excited in computer science is machine learning, the idea that computers can learn and refine their output based on gathering more examples and data. Machine learning is currently being used in many tasks, two of which are composing music and writing poems....



Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
178 Words
When I ended up on Brown’s Computer Science department page, I was convinced to apply. To begin, the department encourages interdisciplinary work. Because of my interests in algorithmic complexity and design (which relate closely to math) the fact that I could work easily within these departments is comforting. Additionally, I read the course offerings, and realized how many interesting classes I want to take such as Algorithmic Game Theory and Machine Learning. The most appealing aspect of the department,...



Supplemental Essay: Amusing anecdote
140 Words
My last two summers were extremely productive. I logged onto my Tumblr at the beginning of summer of 2012 and read, “What is the sum of the even Fibonacci numbers below four million?” I tried to do it by hand, until a friend said I needed to program a solution. So I picked up Python, and have been programming ever since. For me, that summer sparked a new (and lasting) love. In 2013, I had the opportunity to go to the Pennsylvania...



Additional Essay Details:
124 Words
I applied to most of my colleges through a program called QuestBridge, specifically for low-income students who want to go to top colleges. In my essay, I was trying to highlight the difficulties that I faced growing up, and how I intended to overcome them in the future. By doing this, I hoped to draw a parallel between that experience growing up and how I would treat my coursework in college. Through the rest of my applications I emphasized passion...



College Admissions Advice

List of schools I interviewed with and my interview experience
241 Words
I find it best to just be open and honest with the interviewer. The best interview I had was at Harvard (waitlisted, sigh) where I just talked to the interviewer, a professor, like he was another person. We opened up and he even asked me to work on a startup with him. Additionally, you shouldn't fall into the trap of thinking that everything needs to go perfectly. For my MIT interview, I...





What might make for a good “Why Us” essay topic at my school
42 Words
Really get to know the school. Ask students about the quirky things they...





Why I ultimately chose my school
64 Words
MIT is a cultural experience like no other. I am constantly surrounded by interesting, brilliant people. And there's a...





My extracurricular activities in college, and why I chose them
409 Words
Currently at MIT I am an intern at Hillel, affiliated with Alpha Epsilon Phi, and participate in Tech Squares (modern square dancing). All of these things kind of happened by accident, to be completely honest. For Hillel, I would like to point out that I was not born, raised, or taught Judaism during childhood. I am not Jewish by birth. But during our event called the Activities Midway, I was walking around, and ended up talking to the people representing Hillel, the Israeli club, and Birthright. Instead of turning me away, Rabbi G (best rabbi imo) invited me to come...









What I like about my school’s location and culture
76 Words
Cambridge, MA is a beautiful place. Great food, good shows across the river, and a nice college town. Overall the climate suits me,...