eliotdexter
eliotdexter,
CMU ‘19
B.S., Computer Science
I am a hardworking CS major at Carnegie Mellon. I love learning, chess, and science in general.
Features Included
4
Essays
12
Schools
18
Scores
7
Advice
2
ECs
0
Sports

Background

Hometown Silver Spring, Maryland
GenderMale
EthnicityHispanic
AdmissionRegular Decision
English First Language Yes
Other Language(s) Spoken Spanish

Results, Essays, and Advice

Accepted
Waitlisted or Withdrew
Denied
  • Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburgh, PA)
  • Stanford University (Stanford, CA)
  • Cornell University (Ithaca, NY)
  • Rice University (Houston, TX)
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, MA)
  • Harvard University (Cambridge, MA)
  • Columbia University (New York, NY)
  • Southern Methodist University (Dallas, TX)
  • University of Michigan - Ann Arbor (Ann Arbor, MI)
  • University of Texas - Austin (Austin, TX)
  • Washington University in St. Louis (St. Louis, MO)
  • University of California - Berkeley (Berkeley, CA)
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Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburgh, PA)

Applied for a B.S. in Computer Science

Accepted and Enrolled Legacy: No

School Specific Essays

School Specific Advice

More Essays

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One of the most important and influential figures in my life has been my maternal grandmother. Although less than five feet tall, my grandmother is a towering figure who personifies an unstoppable work ethic. Her example has exerted a huge influence on my personal and academic life. My grandmother was born in a small town in Durango, Mexico more than 80 years ago, and only completed school through the sixth grade (the highest level offered). She migrated to Mexico City where...
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Supplemental Essay Unique question posed by school
1233 Words
Question: Please submit a one page, single-spaced essay that explains why you have chosen Carnegie Mellon and your particular major(s), department(s) or program(s). This essay should include the reasons why you've chosen the major(s), any goals or relevant work plans and any other information you would like us to know. For freshmen applying to more than one college or program, please mention each college or program to which you are applying. Because our admission committees review...
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Supplemental Essay Unique question posed by school
78 Words
Question: List the books (if any) you've read this year for pleasure. Choose one and in a sentence describe its impact on you. Answer: Books: Bobby Fischer teaches chess, The Onion: Our Dumb World, Jurassic Park, How to Beat Up Anybody: An Instructional and Inspirational Karate Book by the World Champion (by Judah Friedlander), 2001: A Space Odyssey. East of Eden: Life is defined by the choices we make, not by predestination.
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Additional Essay Details
60 Words
My only advice is to let the essays show off your personality. I did not do this terribly well, but those of you who are more expressive writers will be able to. Demonstrate your passions and interests to whatever university you apply to. Make sure to be funny and informative, and show that you are a well rounded, interesting person.
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General Admissions Advice

List of schools I interviewed with and my interview experience
96 Words
I interviewed for MIT, Cornell, Harvard, Columbia, and Stanford. Among those colleges, I was only admitted to Cornell. However, for any interview, the key is to keep the interest...
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Why I ultimately chose my school
169 Words
I was accepted to UT, Cornell, Rice, and Carnegie Mellon. I chose Carnegie Mellon because of their strong CS program. If you're applying to them, just know that you have to specifically apply to a school within the university (for computer science the school is School of Computer Science, or SCS...
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What I like about my school’s location and culture
101 Words
Carnegie Mellon really has a culture of hard work. In all of their programs, but particularly CS, you'll have plenty of homework. This much work may take away from the...
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My advice about getting recommenders
103 Words
For any all recommenders, get people who really know you well. Even if you have a recommender who is a great writer, do not use their recommendation unless they know you...
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Whether I took out loans or applied for scholarships, and my advice
114 Words
My advice is to not worry about money until you have to. Don't let concerns about financial aid decide which college you'll be applying to. I didn't think I'd get to go to CMU...
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How to increase chances at my school
73 Words
One great way to increase your chances of getting into Carnegie Mellon is to attend the sleeping bag weekends that happen every...
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What set me apart from other applicants
94 Words
What really set me apart from other applicants was my dedication to working hard. I took 12 AP exams through high school and wound up getting 11 5's. CMU really...
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High School Performance

GPA
3.95
(no specification of weighting)
Rank
Top 1%
 
High School TypePublic
College Classes In High School
Academic Performance in High School Steady
Explanation of Low Grades

Test Scores

Highest SAT
2250
 
SAT Score Details
 
Converted SAT Score1540
Other SAT Scores
SAT Prep
SAT IIs
PSAT Scores
Other Standardized Tests

AP / IB Classes and Scores

Details11 classes and scores

Sports

Extracurriculars

ActivitiesChess, Tutoring/Mentoring
Elaborate on Extracurriculars or Work

Experience & Awards

How Spent Summers
Volunteer Experiences
Awards Received

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