mklopez
mklopez,
CalTech ‘15
B.S., Mechanical Engineering
I am a female engineer that plays soccer and water polo.
Features Included
9
Essays
7
Schools
9
Scores
7
Advice
7
ECs
3
Sports

Background

Hometown Lewes, Delaware
GenderFemale
EthnicityWhite Non-Hispanic
AdmissionRegular Decision
English First Language Yes
Other Language(s) Spoken French

Results, Essays, and Advice

Accepted
Waitlisted or Withdrew
Denied
  • California Institute of Technology (Pasadena, CA)
  • Stanford University (Stanford, CA)
  • Cornell University (Ithaca, NY)
  • Swarthmore College (Swarthmore, PA)
  • Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, MD)
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (Troy, NY)
  • Syracuse University (Syracuse, NY)
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California Institute of Technology (Pasadena, CA)

Applied for a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering

Accepted and Enrolled Legacy: Both Parents

School Specific Essays

School Specific Advice

More Essays

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Personal Statement
766 Words
Childhood memory
I remember the very first day we biked over the bridge, alone. My parents were initially indecisive when they heard my friend Ali's and my enthusiastically presented proposition: a bike ride across the canal minus a chaperone to buy some colorful embroidery thread at the local sewing shop. It was a dangerous route for a not-quite-tween to traverse alone, so my parents couldn't quite understand my overwhelming need for more colorful skeins of thread RIGHT NOW so that I could...
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Supplemental Essay “Why us” school essay
642 Words
I grew up telling everyone who would listen that I wanted to be an astronaut. As a child, my favorite book was entitled “So You Want to be an Astronaut?”, complete with torn pages and a cracked spine from repeated use. My brother and I spent hours making intricate paper airplanes out of giant pieces of poster board, only to lose them in the woods after the folded masterpieces were launched over the edge of the three hundred-foot-tall local state...
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Supplemental Essay Unique question posed by school
334 Words
Problem-solving is one of my passions; I am constantly working on a logic puzzle in my head, designing the next arrangement of furniture for my dorm room, fitting all the food in the cooler that we take on vacation, or figuring out the best way to control traffic flow through the busy dining hall. I always do my calculus and physics homework first because it is a fun challenge. One of my favorite problems to solve was posed my junior...
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Supplemental Essay Unique question posed by school
336 Words
I am a pretty easy person to live with; I do not get angry easily and I am not very demanding roommate. I listen to the Red Hot Chili Peppers and the Goo Goo Dolls while I work, dance mixes in the shower, and country music before I go to bed. I love to sleep; I try not to stay up late if I have classes the next day. I wear soccer shorts and bathing suits all summer and colorful...
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Supplemental Essay “Why us” school essay
289 Words
I am drawn in by the thought of an institution that focuses on the future, moving forward, always innovating with new ideas and connected around the globe. I want to be in Silicon Valley, surrounded by creativity and inventions that will stimulate my own inner innovator. I want to add my quirks to this community of not just thinkers but doers, full of vitality and diversity. Stanford is one of the very few undergraduate engineering programs that includes aeronautical engineering,...
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Supplemental Essay “Why us” school essay
467 Words
When I was little, I was always the banker whenever we played Monopoly or Life, and I love logic puzzles. In school, I particularly enjoy math and physics classes; to me, solving a complicated physics or math problem is extremely satisfying, and I like the fact that there is usually more than one way to solve a problem. I grew up telling everyone that would listen that I wanted to be an astronaut. I even have a children's book entitled ...
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Supplemental Essay “Why us” school essay
118 Words
My parents, both SU alumni, influenced me to consider the university during the college process. However, my ultimate decision to apply to Syracuse was a result of my visit to the campus. I had a really warm welcome by Mr. Binh Q. Huynh in the L.C. Smith College of Engineering and Computer Science, who graciously introduced me to the engineering program gave me a tour of the engineering building. Listening to Mr. Huynh, sitting in a real flight simulator,...
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Supplemental Essay Unique question posed by school
193 Words
I have worked both as a certified lifeguard at a water park and as an ice cream scooper for a local ice cream parlor, two very different jobs that offer different learning experiences. Being responsible for children as they played in the deep end of the pool was an eye-opening experience; their lives were basically in my hands as the adults lounged talking on the pool deck. Sometimes it is really difficult to tell whether a child is playing or...
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Supplemental Essay Unique question posed by school
118 Words
While studying engineering at Syracuse, I definitely want to study abroad. I am mostly interested in the programs in France because my family is from France, and I have been studying French for four years. The summer program to Strasbourg is really enticing because I can study engineering while becoming fluent in French. I would also love to take a year abroad to study in London because my mother went to London in college and loved the experience. Closer to...
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General Admissions Advice

My extracurricular activities in college, and why I chose them
74 Words
In college, I did a lot of sports. I found that it was a good way to balance my time between cerebral...
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Most popular extracurricular activities at my college
45 Words
The most popular extracurricular activities at my college are division III sports and intramural...
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My favorite course thus far, and why
76 Words
My favorite course was Product Design for the Developing World with Professor Ken Pickar. This engineering design course took me to India to...
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5 adjectives that describe a typical student at my school (Feel free to elaborate!)
5 Words
studious, smart,...
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What I now know about my school that I never would have known prior to enrolling
64 Words
The culture is presented to incoming students as very fun and unique and interesting, but in reality people mostly...
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Whether I used a private admissions counselor, and advice I received
34 Words
I had an admissions counselor through my private school, but...
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Recommended summer activities during high school and college
45 Words
It's okay to be a regular kid. Having a job shows that you can...
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High School Performance

GPA
4
(no specification of weighting)
Rank
Top 1%
 
High School TypeBoarding
College Classes In High School
Academic Performance in High School Steady
Explanation of Low Grades

Test Scores

Highest ACT
35
 
ACT Score Details
 
Highest SAT
2350
 
SAT Score Details
 
Converted SAT Score1580
Other SAT Scores
SAT Prep
SAT IIs
Other Standardized Tests

AP / IB Classes and Scores

Details2 classes and scores

Sports

SportsSoccer, Swimming/Diving, Rowing (Crew)

Extracurriculars

ActivitiesYearbook, Dance, Drama Production Crew, Math Team, Student Activities Committee, Tutoring/Mentoring, School Theater/Plays
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Experience & Awards

How Spent Summers
Volunteer Experiences
Awards Received
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