College Admissions Info

Arielleaj
Arielleaj
University of Chicago ‘19
BS, Economics, Language Studies and Linguistics

Profile Overview

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

Student Background

Hi! Originally from Berkeley, CA, I'm a second year at UChicago. I like traveling, have a black belt in karate, and work as an elementary school tutor.
From: Berkeley , California
Gender: Female
Race/Ethnicity: Hispanic
Legacy: No
Admission: Early Action
Applied To: 8 schools
Accepted At: UC Berkeley, Vanderbilt, UChicago, UCSB
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Is English First Language: Yes
Other Language(s) Spoken: Italian, Spanish, Dutch

Test Scores

2050
SAT
32
ACT
Converted SAT Score: 1440
Highest SAT: 2050
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High School Performance

4.20
GPA
Top 25%
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High School Type: Public
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Academic Performance in High School: Steady

Extracurriculars & Awards

Sports: Martial Arts
Extracurricular Activities: Animal Foster Care Provider / Animal Rescue Volunteer
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College Application Essays

Inca-Viking I closed my eyes, shielding myself from the harsh brightness of the La Paz hospital lights. The last few hours were a blur. Sleeping in the back seat, long, dark road, then jolting, dirt, rocks under the tires -- blackness. A dark ambulance ride, “No se duerma!” -- don’t sleep. Now, flat on my back in the ER, all I was wondering was how soon I could get back with my group, to finish my marine biology trip...









Supplemental Essay for UChicago: Unique question posed by school
1046 Words
Why are you here and now somewhere else? I am here because I can’t be in two places at once. That’s definitely a law of physics or some kind of science I don’t know much about, but that’s the short answer to why I’m not somewhere else, or lots of other places. To know why I’m here, on Earth, in America, in California, in Berkeley, at my house sitting on my favorite worn leather...















Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
707 Words
University of Chicago combines everything that I could hope for in a school. The liberal-arts curriculum, plethora of distinguished professors, location, housing system, intellectual rigor, and quirkiness there all convince me that UChicago is the perfect school for me. I am very interested in Economics, and it would be it would be amazing to study under Nobel Laureates such as Lars Peter Hansen or Eugene Fama in the renowned Economics department. I hope to eventually work in an international field,...











Supplemental Essay: Amusing anecdote
675 Words
I was lost. Utterly and completely lost. After wandering the narrow, cobblestoned streets of Viterbo, Italy for almost an hour, I could confidently say that I had no idea which way was home. On this second day of school in a new country, I had yet to learn these winding, medieval streets; the city’s labyrinthine design was intentional, to confuse invaders and outsiders. At that moment, that was me -- an outsider. Eventually I found my way home, to...









Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
716 Words
What are some of your favorite things? I would say that some of my favorite things are raindrops on roses, whiskers on kittens, white copper kettles, and warm woolen mittens. In all seriousness though, The Sound of Music is one of my favorite musicals. When I was younger, my family sat down countless times to watch and sing along to it. As I grew older, I started understanding the sobering circumstances surrounding the plot, which only made me appreciate it...











Additional Essay Details:
617 Words
For my personal statement, I chose to cover a couple different topics: my car accident, subsequent experience in Italy, and my family and culture. Since I was also applying to UCs, I split my essay in two and then expanded upon each piece. I think this was a successful strategy. Recycling essays, or pieces of essays, can make applying to various school easier. More advice for writing essays that I incorporated: -Open with a moment, an experience: put the reader...









College Admissions Advice

Recommended summer activities during high school and college
95 Words
Traveling abroad, especially with service programs, is a great idea. Not only is it super fun, it gives great experiences to write about for college essays. If that is...





What might make for a good “Why Us” essay topic at my school
63 Words
Research the school! Look up professors and classes you want to take, maybe read a book that the professor...





What I’d change about my application process
32 Words
Although I started my personal statement the summer before senior...





My advice about getting recommenders
97 Words
Pick someone who knows you well. If it's a teacher that might not know you as well outside the classroom, either write up a little about yourself or talk...





Why I declined other schools
86 Words
These all factored largely into my decision: -Money. UChicago offered me my full tution covered, and student loans haunt you for years. -Location. I'd grown...





What might make for a good “Why Us” essay topic at my school
83 Words
UChicago has a very different feel and personality than most of the other elite schools -- UChicago was actually invited to join the Ivy League...