College Admissions Info

Ashnfreeman
Ashnfreeman
University of California - San Diego ‘

Profile Overview

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

Student Background

Gender: Female
Legacy: No
Admission: Regular Decision
Accepted At: UC Berkeley, UC Irvine, UCLA, UCSD, UCSC, Cal Poly
Denied At:
Waitlisted At:
Withdrew From:

Test Scores

2250
SAT
Converted SAT Score: 1540
Highest SAT: 2250
Other SAT Scores:
SAT Prep:
SAT IIs:

High School Performance

4.37
GPA
Top 5%
Rank
High School Type: Public
AP / IB Classes and Scores:
Academic Performance in High School: Steady

Extracurriculars & Awards

Sports: Cross Country
Extracurricular Activities: YMCA/YWCA

College Application Essays

All my life, I have had to contend with others’-parents, friends, and teachers-disapproval of my interests. They didn't get the memo that the lack of a Y-Chromosome doesn't impede anybody from thinking critically. Although these attitudes have made it difficult for me to break into the world of STEM, I remain determined to break the expectations placed on me due to my gender and socioeconomic status, not only for me, but also for a future generation of women. My...











Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
454 Words
The moment I stepped on campus, I knew Harvey Mudd was more than a college. From the unlocked bicycles to the couches arranged around giant chess sets and remnants of old science experiments, Harvey Mudd is a family that I yearn to be a part of. The challenging academics of Harvey Mudd draw me in, but the collaborative environment and closeness of the community are what really seal the deal. As I walked around, I read the whiteboards on the...







Supplemental Essay: Diversity statement
455 Words
Computer science club is a bit like a men's restroom-there's a striking and obvious lack of women (and it often smells of train stations and dirty water, but that’s a whole other can of worms). Anything technical is considered a boys’ club. When expressing my interest in computer programming, I’m met with a skeptical eye. “You’re too pretty to hide away behind a computer all day,” my principal quipped. All my life, I have had to contend...







Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
277 Words
The Great Y Circus is my world. Circus has presented me with some of my greatest frustrations, followed by exciting successes: soaring through the air on a trapeze, twirling on a unicycle, and the mastering of intricate new juggling patterns. I joined the circus relatively late compared to my peers. While the rest of the performers have been tumbling since toddlerhood, I joined when I was 16. My grace was nonexistent, my flexibility naught, and my strength was lacking. However, circus...





Supplemental Essay: Issue of personal significance
654 Words
I haven't always been the loud one. I used to nod my head in complacency, relinquishing all my thoughts, and agreeing with the general consensus. This all changed when I finally stood up for what I believe in. The first time was the hardest. After that, it became hard for me to bite my tongue when an injustice presented itself. The dress code was introduced years ago. The original policy was based on function; safety and comfort were paramount, and...









Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
262 Words
Some call it ADD. I call it curiosity. I am instantly drawn to the unusual and unexplored. My curiosity and love of learning has served me well in life, but it can also take a lot of energy to control. I must concentrate hard so as not to stray from the task at hand. My computer is bound to have a dozen or so tabs running at a time. Like my computer, when taking on too many tasks, I slow...





Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
138 Words
Although you may not yet know what you want to major in, which department or program at MIT appeals to you and why? We picked out a surgeon in the same way we would pick out a new car; we “test-drove” countless orthopedic surgeons in the quest to find a suitable surgeon to perform my sister’s spinal fusion. After finding a surgeon with all the features we needed- caring, patient, and pediatric- we knew we were in good hands....



Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
139 Words
We know you lead a busy life, full of activities, many of which are required of you. Tell us about something you do simply for the pleasure of it. The familiar buzz of the Nintendo 64 is a welcoming sound. In times of stress or sadness, the startup music of “The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask” or “Donkey Kong Country” snaps me into a good mood. Playing “old” video games provides me with the perfect combination of challenge (never mind...



Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
275 Words
Tell us about the most significant challenge you’ve faced or something important that didn’t go according to plan. How did you manage the situation? Computer science club is a bit like a men's restroom-there's a striking and obvious lack of women (and it often smells of train stations and dirty water, but that’s a whole other can of worms). Anything technical is considered a boys’ club. When expressing my interest in computer programming, I’m met with...





Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
485 Words
“HUP!” The unicyclists are off. The skyjack whirs above me as I enter through the door. Cheers abound as someone sticks a landing and the sound of teeterboard hits surround me. The smell of rosin, chalk, and high-grade deodorant fill my nostrils as I take it all in. I am home. The Great Y Circus is my family, my community, and my school. Outside the gym is the rest of the world: depression, due dates, and dysfunctionality. Inside the gym...







College Admissions Advice

What I’d change about my application process
61 Words
If I could change anything about my application process, it would be the approach. Instead of freaking out...





List of schools I interviewed with and my interview experience
208 Words
I only interviewed with one school: Massachusetts Institute of Technology. I made sure to be reliable and quick with my correspondence with my interviewer in order to give a good first impression. Once the interview was scheduled, I did some research on what to expect from an MIT interview, as well as some research on the school itself. One of the first...





My advice about getting recommenders
30 Words
After asking a recommender for a possible recommendation, thank...





Post-college plans
49 Words
My post college plans are to either work with Engineers Without Borders, Doctors Without Borders,...





What might make for a good “Why Us” essay topic at my school
29 Words
A good "Why Us?" essay topic for the University...





Why I ultimately chose my school
46 Words
I chose my school because of its interest in being the first school to...





Whether I took out loans or applied for scholarships, and my advice
32 Words
I received a scholarship from the University of California -...





Whether I used a private admissions counselor, and advice I received
50 Words
I did not use a private admissions counselor, but my school counselor was very helpful...