College Admissions Info

oliveolivia
oliveolivia
New York University ‘17
BA, Psychology

Profile Overview

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

Student Background

Big city livin', NYU freshman grindin'
From: Davis , California
Gender: Female
Race/Ethnicity: Black / African American, Native Hawaiian / Pacific Islander, White Non-Hispanic
Legacy: No
Admission: Regular Decision
Applied To: 9 schools
Accepted At: NYU, Hofstra, UC Davis, UCSC, CSULB, SDSU
Denied At:
Waitlisted At:
Is English First Language: Yes

Test Scores

1870
SAT
Highest SAT: 1870
Other SAT Scores:
SAT Prep:

High School Performance

3.60
GPA
High School Type: Public
AP / IB Classes and Scores:
Academic Performance in High School: Low at first but improved
Explanation of Any Low Grades:

Extracurriculars & Awards

Sports: Rugby, Soccer
Extracurricular Activities: Tutoring/Mentoring, Tutoring/Mentoring
How Spent Summers:
Work:

College Application Essays

There comes a time in every person’s life when they will combat their identity. People will find themselves questioning who they are as individuals, friends or even lovers, but eventually, these people will reach a conclusion or realization of sorts. However, the world I come from brings me to endlessly question my identity. Discovering who I am will forever be an uphill battle, and that is because my world—this society—choses to label and judge me based upon...







Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
228 Words
For Hofstra University: Ever since I can remember, I have always been excited about college. It is a chance for me to widen my extent of knowledge, meet new people with similar interests, and finally cement who I am as a person, all while simultaneously having the chance to better my life. When I daydream of what college will be like, I imagine the experience to be one that takes me out of my comfort zone; one that will offer...





Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
354 Words
The Prompt: NYU's global network provides students with hundreds of academic areas of interest for students to cultivate their intellectual curiosity and to help achieve their career goals. Whether you are entirely undecided about your academic plans or you have a definitive program of study in mind, what are your own academic interests? Feel free to share any thoughts on any particular programs or how you might explore those interests at NYU on any of our campuses. The Writing: In...





Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
241 Words
The Prompt: Write about an object and it's significance to you. The Writing: People crowd together, all facing their bodies toward the same object. In the middle of this sea, stands an immense, black square, looming over its spectators. Its presence is unwavering, and to stand before it for these people can only be described as awe-inspiring. The Kaaba, or “Noble Cube”, is a simple kind of beauty—an ancient stone cube covered in a gold-embroidered black cloth. The pure...





Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
175 Words
The Prompt: Describe an extra curricular activity you do The Writing: The whistle blows and the world around me disappears. My vision is tunneled, focused only on the movement of the ball between players. My palms sweat and my heart races from the excitement and nervous energy pumping through my body. An opposing player approaches the try zone, ball in hand. Building force, I charge into my opponent with nothing but a mouth guard to protect myself. In a swift...



Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
515 Words
The Prompt: 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 Writing: Identity There comes a time in every person’s life when they will combat their identity. People will find themselves questioning who they are as individuals, friends or even lovers, but eventually, these people will reach a conclusion or realization of sorts. However, the world I come from brings me to...







Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
513 Words
The Prompt: Tell us about a personal quality, talent, accomplishment, contribution or experience that is important to you. What about this quality or accomplishment makes you proud and how does it relate to the person you are? The Writing: Growing up, my parents had a few coined phrases that they would tirelessly drill into my mind. They would tell me, “You must persevere,” and “Let your past make you better not bitter,” any time it was applicable. Being young and...







College Admissions Advice

Whether I used a private admissions counselor, and advice I received
78 Words
I'm sure having a private admissions counselor is a useful and comforting resource for many applicants, but I personally never had one. In my opinion, although applications are stressful and confusing, you are perfectly capable of getting through them all without paying someone to do so. I made good use of my teachers, counselors and especially the INTERNET! Do your...



My advice about getting recommenders
156 Words
A applied to nine schools, and only two were private, so I only needed recommendation letters for those two schools. I used the same recommendation letters for both schools, however. I got my letters from three people; my counselor (which was required), my sophomore US History teacher, and my senior Government teacher. I made sure to choose teachers that I...



What I like about my school’s location and culture
209 Words
So, when I got to New York, I had a bunch of people at my school completely flabbergasted at the fact that I left sunny and perfect (I admit) California to come to New York City where the weather is humid during winter and freezing during the winter and the people are infamously fast-paced and rude. I won't lie, it's...





Why I ultimately chose my school
216 Words
It was not a hard decision, accepting NYU, and there's several reasons why that was so. NYU had been my dream school since 8th grade, so I knew that if I got in, I would do whatever it took to attend. Another reason why I chose my school was because of the prestige. It's a top 50 university in the world,...





What set me apart from other applicants
164 Words
The number one thing I can say to go is play up all of your assets. Don't lie, but make some of the things you've gone through and achieved a much bigger deal than they may really be to you. Your grades and SAT scores matter, of course, but they're not everything. I had good grades and good SAT scores...