College Admissions Info

balticsea
balticsea
Princeton University ‘16
BA, Physics

Profile Overview

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

Student Background

Two parts mad scientist, one part Luna Lovegood
From: Long Island , New York
Gender: Female
Race/Ethnicity: White Non-Hispanic
Legacy: No
Admission: Early Action
Is English First Language: Yes
Other Language(s) Spoken: Spanish

Test Scores

2310
SAT
Highest SAT: 2310
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High School Performance

Top 5%
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High School Type: Public
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Academic Performance in High School: Steady

Extracurriculars & Awards

Sports: Cross Country, Track & Field
Extracurricular Activities: School Newspaper/Magazine/Journalism, Science Club/Team
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College Application Essays

Supplemental Essay: Issue of personal significance
252 Words
When I applied to Princeton, I opted for the "influential person" topic for the supplemental essay. I bypassed some of the more obvious choices, like an admirable grandparent or famous intellectual, and instead focused on a friend and neighbor my own age. Despite both being adolescent girls, we couldn't have been more different--I was painfully shy and buttoned-up, while she was the hard-rocking wild child. We were both a little too extreme (in opposite directions), but we became fast friends...





Supplemental Essay: Amusing anecdote
168 Words
For the Common App's activities section mini essay I again did something a little unconventional: instead of talking about how awesome I thought I was at Science Olympiad, I wrote about an activity in which I had absolutely zero distinction--track. I'm a terrible athlete. I can't throw, catch, run or jump. But I've always really, really wanted to. So I wrote about my experience on the track team and poked fun at my own shortcomings. I think this essay worked...



College Admissions Advice

Whether I used a private admissions counselor, and advice I received
156 Words
I couldn't afford a private advisor, or tutor, or coach, or anything. I think the biggest selling point of a coach or advisor is that they try to package you in an appealing way, but you can do the same for yourself much more cheaply. I think...





Recommended summer activities during high school and college
191 Words
You know those really expensive "volunteering" trips that some parents pay many thousands of dollars for? Don't do them. Best case scenario, they prove to the school that you have some money--but they could've figured that out from the demographics section. Worst case scenario, they make you seem shallow and uninformed about the world. Travel is great. ...





What set me apart from other applicants
78 Words
I think being a girl interested in a pretty male-dominated field (astrophysics) helped me out a lot. I had a pretty convincing track...