College Admissions Info

Meredith Marks
Meredith Marks
Stanford University, ‘15
BS, Computer Science

Profile Overview

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

Student Background

Stanford Computer Science student from a small farm town in the Midwest.
From: New Berlin , Wisconsin
Gender: Female
First Gen College Student: No
Race/Ethnicity: White Non-Hispanic
Legacy: Both Parents, Sibling
Admission: Early Action
Applied To: 1 school
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Is English First Language: Yes
Other Language(s) Spoken: Spanish

Test Scores

Converted SAT Score: 1570
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High School Performance

GPA, Weighted
Top 1%
High School Type: Other Private
AP / IB Classes and Scores:
Academic Performance in High School: Steady

Extracurriculars & Awards

Extracurricular Activities: Science Club/Team, Spanish Club, Math Team
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College Application Essays

(WARNING: Do not be alarmed! Your computer has NOT malfunctioned! The following is written in [mostly] syntactically sound Java code.) Meredith.enterComputerLab(); String feeling = nervous; int knowledgeOfComputerScience = 0; int excitement = Integer.MAX_VALUE; for (int i = 0; i < numDaysOfSchool; i = i + 1) { Meredith.decreaseNervousness(); Meredith.increaseUnderstanding(); } System.out.println(“For each day of freshman year that I spent mastering the syntax of common programming and struggling with the seemingly trivial exercises, my intrigue for the intricate art of Computer Science increased exponentially. I...

Supplemental Essay for Stanford: “Why us” school essay
312 Words
While listlessly reading my AP Environmental Science homework, my eyes lit up when I came across, “Paul and Anne Ehrlich of Stanford University.” I read about Paul Ehrlich’s “population bomb” theory and thought of all the members of Stanford’s diverse community of intellectuals. Vint Cerf – “father of the Internet,” Larry Page, co-founder of Google who I heard speak at the Intel ISEF just months previously, and Sally Ride, an idol of mine ever since my summers at Space...

Supplemental Essay for Stanford: Amusing anecdote
673 Words
If you’ve never seen the show Supernatural, there are these two brothers, Sam and Dean, who go around solving paranormal mysteries. They’re focused. Adventurous. Curious about what’s going on, and determined to find out. I’m like that. When my friend Michelle and I saw the bridge connecting our dorm building to the mysterious structure across the road with no apparent way to get on, I knew right then how we were going to spend our Sunday...

Supplemental Essay for Stanford: Diversity statement
443 Words
In my favorite class of high school, AP Computer Science, I was the only female. In my AP Physics C class senior year, I was the only female. In fact, there were only three females in all the AP Physics classes, B and C included. Both classes were so rewarding not only in the content covered, but in the experience gained, yet no females were reaping the benefits available to them. I convinced one of my close female friends to...

Supplemental Essay for Stanford: Scholarship application
538 Words
Ryan Schiedermayer is the single best drummer I know, because of both his unmatched talent and his steadfast personality. Granted, I don’t personally know any other professional drummers, but the fact that Ryan can flawlessly keep the rhythm of any beat for a seemingly indefinite amount of time and that he is the most considerate and compassionate guy I know is evidence enough of his superiority, in my experience and opinion. I’ve been working with Ryan for almost...

Supplemental Essay for Stanford: Scholarship application
1819 Words
While most probably wouldn't recognize the man in the attached photograph, they have undoubtedly been impacted by his existence. Pictured is Alan Mathison Turing, recognized by most as the "father of computer science." But his interest extended far beyond what is now known as computer science. He was a renowned mathematician, cryptanalyst, logician, and inventor. If it weren't for Turing, modern technology would likely look much different than it does today, as the computer as we know and love was...

Supplemental Essay for Stanford: Other
1054 Words
Stanford students are widely known to possess a sense of intellectual vitality. Tell us about an idea or an experience you have had that you find intellectually engaging. Ever since I wrote my first “Hello World” program in Computer Science and progressively moved into more complicated structures like if statements, loops, and recursion, my mind has been programmed to think in the language of a computer, to figure out how the world works by simplifying daily occurrences into snippets of...

College Admissions Advice

List of schools I interviewed with and my interview experience
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I didn't...

What might make for a good “Why Us” essay topic at my school (Stanford)
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Stanford really wants a unique, diverse student body. They care about choosing people that...