College Admissions Info

Harvard University, ‘20
BA, International Relations

Profile Overview

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

Student Background

Recent high school graduate from Boston; taking gap year to study in Moldova before attending Harvard.
From: Boston , Massachusetts
Gender: Female
Race/Ethnicity: White Non-Hispanic
Legacy: No
Admission: Early Action
Applied To: 3 schools
Accepted At: Harvard, Princeton
Denied At:
Waitlisted At:
Withdrew From:
Is English First Language: Yes
Other Language(s) Spoken: Spanish, Russian

Test Scores

Converted SAT Score: 1590
Highest SAT: 2360
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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: Swimming/Diving, Track & Field
Extracurricular Activities: School Newspaper/Magazine/Journalism, Clean Ocean Beach Sweeps / River Cleanup, Spanish Club
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College Application Essays

We didn’t call our car the “Pile of Junk” for nothing. That was just the most logical title for a vehicle that broke down so often that my dad recognized the men who operated the tow trucks. The name made sense given the pervasive odor of French fries that followed the car wherever it went, the swim gear and tools cluttering the backseat, and the shuddering sound that betrayed its approach from a mile away. The POJ was a 1982...

Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
648 Words
The Shoelace My naked toes hit the gritty concrete. Instantly, I felt the warmth of the sidewalk—heated by a day’s worth of streaming sun—radiate through the skin of my foot. But something wasn’t quite right. Where was my shoe? I stopped short, and the tall boy behind me braked too, barely escaping a collision with my vulnerable left appendage, which was now resting dangerously close to a discarded piece of chewing gum. We both looked down...

Additional Essay Details:
284 Words
I chose to write my personal statement about my dad's veggie cars and the adventures that we had in them. I thought that this was a good topic because it showed my relationship with my family, my passion for the environment and adventure, how I've matured and changed over the years, and a bit of humor. It was also a seemingly mundane topic (the family car) that could be made more interesting through good writing. To me, being able to...

College Admissions Advice

List of schools I interviewed with and my interview experience
56 Words
I interviewed at all of the schools I applied to (Harvard, Princeton, Yale). I would definitely suggest...

What set me apart from other applicants
77 Words
I think what set me apart from other students was the variety of my activities and the passion with which I pursued them....

How I chose schools to apply to
75 Words
A piece of advice that I would give to anyone is to apply somewhere early. I applied and was admitted to Harvard early...

Why I ultimately chose my school
61 Words
In the end, I was between Harvard and Princeton. I actually got much more financial aid at Princeton...

Post-college plans
61 Words
I graduated high school in spring 2015, and I plan to take a gap year before starting college in...

My advice about getting recommenders
56 Words
Choose two teachers who know you on a personal level, ideally for a few years. I went...

What I’d change about my application process
67 Words
If I could go back, I wouldn't change much about my application process. What I would say, though, is that...