College Admissions Info

Columbia University, ‘19
BA, Neuroscience, Spanish Language and Literature

Profile Overview

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

Student Background

I'm a current freshman at Columbia University on the pre-med track.
From: North Hollywood , California
Gender: Male
Race/Ethnicity: Hispanic
Legacy: No
Admission: Early Decision
Applied To: 8 schools
Accepted At: Columbia, Tulane, Northeastern
Denied At:
Waitlisted At:
Withdrew From:
Is English First Language: Yes
Other Language(s) Spoken: Spanish

Test Scores

Highest ACT:
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High School Performance

(no specification of weighting)
Top 10%
High School Type: Other Private
AP / IB Classes and Scores:
Academic Performance in High School: Steady

Extracurriculars & Awards

Sports: Cross Country, Track & Field
Extracurricular Activities: Community Cleanup / Service, Science Club/Team, Tutoring/Mentoring, Church, School Newspaper/Magazine/Journalism, Help Save Our Environment, School Theater/Plays
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College Application Essays

Personal Statement: Story central to identity
567 Words
Growing up, I was forced to work in groups in every single class, and as much as I loved laughing along with my friends while finishing my work, I would have much rather done it all on my own. This isn't because I am someone who loathes socializing, but because I am an introvert. Although there is some negative stigma towards introversion, it has helped shape the person I am today. This has greatly contributed to the strong work ethic...

Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
299 Words
I have always tried to challenge myself in as many subjects as I could. The core curriculum at Columbia College would allow me to continue this, as I explore the Masterpieces of Western Art and delve deep into University Writing: Readings in Gender and Sexuality. Additionally, the low student-to-faculty ratio and small class size allows me to create close relationships with students and professors alike. I recall one morning where my Science teacher and I were so engaged in engrossed...

Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
366 Words
For applicants to Columbia College, please tell us what from your current and past experiences (either academic or personal) attracts you specifically to the field or fields of study that you noted in the Member Questions section. If you are currently undecided, please write about any field or fields in which you may have an interest at this time. (300 words or less) Working in the laboratory has kept me driven to do work and research in both the Biological and...

Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
453 Words
Describe the world you come from — for example, your family, community or school — and tell us how your world has shaped your dreams and aspirations. The purpose of art is to create an emotional response in the person that is exposed to that art. For me, the idea of taking the ceramics course started off as a simple way to fulfill my graduation requirement. However, throughout the past four years, it became a lot more. Although it may be something...

Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
411 Words
Johns Hopkins University was founded in 1876 on a spirit of exploration and discovery. As a result, students can pursue a multi-dimensional undergraduate experience both in and outside of the classroom. Given the opportunities at Hopkins, please discuss your current interests—academic or extracurricular pursuits, personal passions, summer experiences, etc.—and how you will build upon them here. (350 words or less) Biology and Spanish are the two courses that nourish my mind while keeping me motivated to continue learning more. The...

Additional Essay Details:
898 Words
Personal Statement: I wrote my personal statement before the school year began, and I recommend you do the same. You must start this essay before your supplemental essays, for it is by far the most important one. My personal statement was originally going to be about running on the cross country team, but my college counsellor explained to me that thousands of students write about sports. After realising that I needed a much more unique essay topic, I began to...

College Admissions Advice

Whether I took out loans or applied for scholarships, and my advice
110 Words
Apply to as many scholarships as possible. Believe me when I say that it is completely worth it. Even though you have spent the last few months constantly writing essays for colleges, the...

5 adjectives that describe a typical student at my school (Feel free to elaborate!)
6 Words
Nerdy, competitive,...

What might make for a good “Why Us” essay topic at my school
60 Words
Be specific, show that you've researched the school, show that you know how you'll impact the school. Columbia...

Recommended summer activities during high school and college
66 Words
It's honestly okay to do nothing special during your summer if you can't afford it, just make sure you do...

What I’d change about my school if I were student body president
8 Words
Keep the...

List of schools I interviewed with and my interview experience
138 Words
Kenyon: It was a short and simple interview. He only asked for basics, and I ended up doing the majority of the talking. Overall it was a good first interview. Columbia: This was the best interview, and I honestly believe this...

Why I ultimately chose my school
12 Words
It is the best...