College Admissions Info

meganmaries
meganmaries
University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign ‘17
BA, English

Profile Overview

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

Student Background

I'ma rising junior at UIUC studying English with minors in Linguistics and Informatics.
From: Moline , Illinois
Gender: Female
Race/Ethnicity: White Non-Hispanic
Legacy: Parent
Admission: Regular Decision
Applied To: 5 schools
Accepted At: WashU, Illinois
Denied At:
Waitlisted At:
Withdrew From:
Is English First Language: Yes

Test Scores

34
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High School Performance

3.80
GPA
Top 10%
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High School Type: Public
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Academic Performance in High School: Steady
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Extracurriculars & Awards

Sports: Cross Country
Extracurricular Activities: Debate Club/Team, National Honor Society, School Choir, School Band, Marching Band, School Jazz / Orchestra
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College Application Essays

519 Words
One of the most significant moments of my life was actually one of the least climatic. I was lounging in Panera with two friends, taking a break from studying for our pre-calculus final, and talking about the meaning of life. It was a common topic of discussion with the three of us, we were always striving to know, and painfully aware that it was unlikely we’d figure it out. Chris brought up the topic of our faults, and I...







Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
192 Words
Asked for elaboration on the benefits of an activity I participated in, I chose debate: Debate has been the most influential activity in my life since I joined. Initially, public speaking was the most daunting aspect. I was unsure of how to address my judge or my opponents, or how to express my points clearly and concisely. However, I watched my opponents and teammates, and even sat in on finals rounds I was not a part of, in an attempt...



College Admissions Advice

Most popular extracurricular activities at my college
48 Words
At U of I, Greek life reigns supreme. Sororities and fraternities are the most...





My favorite course thus far, and why
99 Words
The best course I've taken so far was a Journalism seminar on the First Amendment. It was a small class, just over a dozen students, with a very engaging and...





5 adjectives that describe a typical student at my school (Feel free to elaborate!)
141 Words
For five adjectives, I'd say social, studious, tech-savvy, outspoken, and driven. U of works hard and plays hard. If you want to go to a party, at any given time, someone is throwing one. But the average GPA is still somewhere around...





What I’d change about my school if I were student body president
54 Words
I'd definitely try to make the administration a little more transparent. Since I've arrived, U of...





What I now know about my school that I never would have known prior to enrolling
88 Words
You think you know how big U of I is until you get there. The campus itself is enormous and sprawling, one minute you're in Champaign...





What I’d change about my application process
68 Words
I would have started applying to schools a lot earlier, personally. I ended up not submitting any early applications and...





Recommended summer activities during high school and college
58 Words
Do something exceptional. Go out and make an opportunity no one else will have. Whether that's approaching...





What set me apart from other applicants
64 Words
Honestly, I think it was my essays. For your writing, focus on cultivating a unique voice. Your essays should...





Whether I took out loans or applied for scholarships, and my advice
99 Words
I took out loans and got a few scholarships. If you are reading this, I want you to finish reading it, minimize it, and start applying for scholarships right now....





My advice about getting recommenders
143 Words
If your recomender is someone from your past, re-establish contact well before you ask for a letter. You won't get a very good letter from someone who feels like they're being used. Also, ask early. Someone might be able to write a letter...





My extracurricular activities in college, and why I chose them
207 Words
I run a debate team, which was something I got involved in late in high school and absolutely love. The team actually got me involved in the league, and now I help coordinate debate tournaments across my region as a board member of a registered nonprofit. It's an incredible opportunity I got by following my passions. I also sing in a University...