College Admissions Info

Harvard University, ‘18
BA, Social Sciences

Profile Overview

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

Student Background

Studying social theory at Harvard College.
From: Pound Ridge , New York
Gender: Other
Race/Ethnicity: White Non-Hispanic
Legacy: No
Admission: Accepted From Waitlist
Applied To: 13 schools
Accepted At: Williams, Georgetown, JHU, Bryn Mawr, Harvard, WashU, Vassar, Wesleyan
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Is English First Language: Yes
Other Language(s) Spoken: Spanish, Mandarin

Test Scores

Converted SAT Score: 1560
Highest SAT: 2310
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High School Performance

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

Sports: Cross Country, Track & Field
Extracurricular Activities: Model Congress / Model UN, Quiz Bowl/Academic Bowl, School Newspaper/Magazine/Journalism
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College Application Essays

Personal Statement: Failure experience
667 Words
I remember the first time I cradled a clarinet—tall, slender, gleaming between my fourth-grade fingers. Those digits were fast for their size, I soon learned, and within months they flew, urging along the air that flowed from my lungs and emerged from silver-plated holes as sound. Perhaps, for all its quavering uncertainty, its sporadic squeaks, this couldn't yet be called music, but it was something. It was “really something,” murmured my teacher. She deemed it fitting that I surround...

Supplemental Essay: Amusing anecdote
506 Words
My first stroke of Mandarin was a single horizontal line that, reasonably enough, meant "one.” It nearly formed itself on paper, for in that raucous after-school classroom my mind was halfway around the world, digging its own hole to China, oblivious to the words of the teacher before me. Little did I know that she was promising me passage there. The after-school program fizzled out, but my fascination endured. I was enthralled by the nuances of a tonal language, the...

Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
660 Words
Penn Model Congress was not the first conference I attended, but it was the most memorable. As the bitter March wind bit at stocking-clad legs, we marched from halls that boomed with our voices to classrooms that captured and contained our words, reminding us that no degree of resonant eloquence would stick without content. The chairwoman was a Penn student. The campus map was adorned with a crest now emblazoned in my mind. I was home. Since the conference, I've...

Additional Essay Details:
107 Words
I chose to write about an experience in which I failed amidst very competitive peers for several reasons. I wanted to demonstrate my writing abilities and my love of the arts; I wanted to express my sense of humility and passion for hard work regardless of recognition for it; and I hoped to emphasize that I was interested in attending a competitive school in part for its competitive - and collaborative - nature. I tried to imply, without saying so...

College Admissions Advice

What I now know about my school that I never would have known prior to enrolling
92 Words
The conventional archetype of a student attending a college like Harvard (say, the boat shoes-wearing descendant of Puritans) is no longer the predominant - or at least not...

Additional material sent in after waitlisted or deferred
126 Words
After being waitlisted from Harvard, I spoke with my principal (with whom I had a fairly close relationship and who then agreed to write me a letter of recommendation specifically for Harvard). A family friend affiliated with Harvard...