College Admissions Info

Columbia University, ‘18
BA, Sustainability Studies

Profile Overview

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

Student Background

Senior & Sustainable Development major. California meets East Coast.
From: San Diego , California
Gender: Female
First Gen College Student: No
Race/Ethnicity: White Non-Hispanic
Legacy: No
Admission: Early Decision
Applied To: 4 schools
Accepted At: Fordham, Tulane, Northeastern
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Withdrew From:
Is English First Language: Yes

Test Scores

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High School Performance

GPA, Weighted
Top 10%
High School Type: Other Private
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Academic Performance in High School: Steady

Extracurriculars & Awards

Sports: Cross Country, Track & Field, Soccer
Extracurricular Activities: Nonprofit, NGO or Charitable Organization, Rotary Club
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College Application Essays

I grew up in the classic American suburb, complete with near-identical houses and an ice cream truck that jingled up and down our streets all summer long. It was an idyllic, safe existence and, of course, a completely sheltered one. If I had really tried, or probably even if I had just not done anything, that bubble would have cocooned me into adolescence, blissful, warm, and ignorant. I busted out of that cocoon by reading. Every day after elementary school,...

Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
306 Words
In the heat of a great discussion, I feel what psychologists call “flow” and athletes call “the zone”. I love the way my ideas constantly shift as they reform or reverse based on other people’s arguments. When I am moved to speak, something takes over, and I can express myself more smoothly and strongly than I do even in my own head. When I read about Columbia’s Core Curriculum, I knew that it would help me grow in...

Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
294 Words
My freshman year, I had the dual gift of being placed in an incredible social studies course and discovering Whatever It Takes (WIT). The class, taught by one of my favorite teachers, spent six months investigating current global issues ranging from poverty to disease epidemics. WIT’s program challenged me to look at problems- starting locally- and find the most innovative ways to solve them. When I reflect on how my identity has formed during high school, I can’t...

Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
13 Words
Columbia had several 150 words-or-less essays that I'd be happy to share on request

College Admissions Advice

My favorite course thus far, and why
32 Words
University Writing is required for all freshman, and I took...

What I like about my school’s location and culture
118 Words
My friends and I always say we can't imagine going to school any place other than New York City. There's always something to do, and in a way I feel like I'm getting a more...

What I’d change about my school if I were student body president
53 Words
Two of the biggest problems I have with Columbia are the administration and the culture of...

Whether I used a private admissions counselor, and advice I received
61 Words
I did go to a private admissions counselor, but I didn't find her very helpful. She pushed me...

How I chose schools to apply to
88 Words
I knew I loved Columbia, so I applied Early Decision. Many of the other schools I liked were also early decision or single-choice Early Action, so...