College Admissions Info

CaliGirl
CaliGirl
Stanford University, ‘17
BA, Film and Video Studies

Profile Overview

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

Student Background

From a small town in Southern California. Interests include writing, film, art, and Classics.
From: Big Bear Lake , California
Gender: Female
First Gen College Student: No
Race/Ethnicity: White Non-Hispanic
Legacy: Grandparent
Admission: Early Action
Applied To: 7 schools
Accepted At: USC, UC Berkeley, UCLA, UCSB, UCSC, UCSD
Denied At:
Waitlisted At:
Withdrew From:
Is English First Language: Yes

Test Scores

2310
SAT
Converted SAT Score: 1560
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High School Performance

4.38
GPA, Weighted
Top 1%
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High School Type: Public
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Academic Performance in High School: Steady

Extracurriculars & Awards

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College Application Essays

“I’m a freak,” I announced to my sympathetic mother. Until that day in fourth grade I’d been the cheerful and enterprising master of my own little universe, completely unaware of its tiny size and my own position in it. I had started a trend of encyclopedia-reading in first grade by declaring that the best book in the classroom was called D, and that it appeared to be part of a promising series. I didn’t care that I...







Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
23 Words
Response this prompt: Stanford students possess an intellectual vitality. Reflect on an idea or experience that has been important to your intellectual development.

Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
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Response to this prompt: Vitually all of Stanford’s undergraduates live on campus. Write a note to your future roommate that revelas something about you or that will help your roommate—and us—know you better.

Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
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Response to this Stanford prompt: What matters to you, and why?

Additional Essay Details:
1027 Words
1. I had never been more grateful for a snow day. Next to our flickering fire, I had picked through our stack of red Netflix envelopes. I slid out the one DVD we hadn’t watched, Kenneth Branagh’s “eternity” version of Hamlet—all four hours of it. As I settled in for the movie, the snows outside became the snows of Denmark. The storm piled up more than two feet of snow; one snow day turned into a week, and...















College Admissions Advice

My favorite course thus far, and why
10 Words
Script Analysis. This...





What I now know about my school that I never would have known prior to enrolling
26 Words
How suburban it feels. Campus is pretty spread...





Whether I used a private admissions counselor, and advice I received
62 Words
I didn't use a private admissions counselor, and I actually think that was an advantage. Admissions officers see so...





My advice about getting recommenders
126 Words
Get to know some of your high school teachers, but don't make it forced. Talk to them if you like the subject, if you think they're a good teacher, or if you need help in the class....





How to increase chances at my school
65 Words
I pulled my admission records my freshman year, and, from what the readers of my application wrote in their opinions,...





How I narrowed down my essay topics
50 Words
You might have a ton of ideas about what to write for your essays, and,...





Misconceptions I had about college before attending
82 Words
Academia is an interesting and kind of weird place, and I didn't realize how much the faculty of each department would change how their classes...





How I chose schools to apply to (Stanford)
170 Words
I chose most of the schools I applied to based on their Classics programs--but I ended up not pursuing Classics. Fortunately, Stanford has plenty else to choose from, but I think I got lucky in that I wasn't at a smaller school with fewer options or a school that was...





How I would describe the wider community surrounding campus (Stanford)
103 Words
It's Silicon Valley. Very suburban and full of young adults who, for some reason, don't get out much. There are some fun restaurants and dessert places and bars in Palo Alto ...





How I would rate the alumni network at my school (Stanford)
70 Words
It totally depends on what you're doing. If you're going into tech, you probably don't need the alumni support even...





The stress level and competitiveness of a typical student at my school (Stanford)
194 Words
Definitely depends on your major. Some classes and majors are just way more work than others, and different majors have different cultures. But regardless of what you choose to do, you're probably going to be really stressed a lot. Remember that everyone feels that way, not just you, and make sure you're taking care of yourself. The term...