College Admissions Info

Harvard University ‘17
BA, Economics

Profile Overview

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

Student Background

Italian & Jamaican. Studying Economics and Social Sciences at Harvard University
From: Miami , Florida
Gender: Male
Race/Ethnicity: Black / African American, White Non-Hispanic
Legacy: No
Admission: Early Action
Applied To: 3 schools
Accepted At: Harvard, Yale, UPenn
Denied At:
Waitlisted At:
Withdrew From:
Is English First Language: Yes
Other Language(s) Spoken: Mandarin, French, Spanish

Test Scores

Highest SAT: 2310
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High School Performance

Top 5%
High School Type: Other Private
AP / IB Classes and Scores:
Academic Performance in High School: Steady

Extracurriculars & Awards

Sports: Soccer, Football, Cross Country
Extracurricular Activities: School Newspaper/Magazine/Journalism, Best Buddies, National Honor Society
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College Application Essays

Not as Simple as Black or White “So are you white or are you black?” I’ve been asked this question a lot, and many others like it. People always seem to be curious about my background, either when they see my voluminous, golden-brown curls or notice that I took my mother’s last name. Over time, as I’ve tried to make sense of my unconventional upbringing and the impact it has had on me, I’ve realized that...

Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
309 Words
ESSAY ABOUT "WHY UPENN ARTS AND SCIENCES": I am unsure if it’s a blessing or a curse, but I still do not know what I want to study, as there are too many subjects that interest me. That is why I believe that the College of Arts and Sciences will give me the flexibility and breadth of subject matter to fulfill my academic curiosity. I love that I can develop key intellectual capacities and get a great general education...

Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
96 Words
"WHY YALE" SHORT ANSWER (500 CHARACTERS): From the minute I arrived at the Old Campus, I immediately fell in love with Yale. I love that New Haven isn’t New York City or Beverly Hills, and that Yalies are grounded in the real world. I love that the residential college system promotes friendly rivalry and school spirit. I love that there is a “shopping period” and blue book parties to help students decide which classes to take. I love that Yale...

Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
503 Words
UPENN SUPPLEMENT ESSAY: WHICH CLASS OF MANKIND ARE YOU (IMMOVABLE, MOVABLE, OR A MOVER). BASED ON A QUOTE BY BEN FRANKLIN: A Balanced Mover Each class of mankind could represent good or bad qualities in a person, depending on which perspective one is looking from. Being immovable could be seen as having integrity or being intolerant. Being movable could be seen as being adaptable or being a pushover. Being a mover could be seen as being proactive or being an...

Additional Essay Details:
121 Words
My Personal Statement, or "Common App" essay, is simply the story of my background and upbringing: who I am, where I came from, how it shaped me, and where I am going as a result. It was a thoughtful, well-written, unique piece, but at the same time it was very simple! The beauty of a good common app essay is that nobody else should be able to replicate it, or even come close to doing so. I didn't write about...

College Admissions Advice

What I’d change about my application process
27 Words
Don't procrastinate, and don't be overwhelmed by all of the college choices. Sometimes it can be paralyzing, but trust your gut instincts, and start early on applications.

What set me apart from other applicants
64 Words
The conventional wisdom is that it is essential to have a long-list of extra-curriculars to impress college admissions officers and get into good schools. While this is partially true, the reality is that it is more important to have a meaningful set of activities that you're extensively involved in, and show that you've achieved leadership positions in these activities, and...

My advice about getting recommenders
103 Words
My AP European History and AP Chinese Language & Culture teachers wrote my letters of recommendations. I took AP Euro junior year, and took Chinese all 4 years of high school, so I was especially familiar with my Chinese teacher. For Rec Letters, I recommend that you find teachers that you know well, and try to seek out teachers that have known...

Most popular extracurricular activities at my college
87 Words
It is tough to say at a place like Harvard, with people from all over the world. First, surprisingly a lot of people are involved in athletics, whether varsity, cub or intramural. Second, there is a huge commitment to diversity and cultural organizations, which is unsurprising. Lastly, there is a prominence of 'pre-professional' organizations on campus, for instance for people...

5 adjectives that describe a typical student at my school (Feel free to elaborate!)
82 Words
1. Smart--but not in your face smart. Everyone is actually very friendly, polite, and seems normal. But at one point you'll realize that the individual is extremely gifted at something. 2. Open to new ideas 3. Surprisingly good at communicating (i.e. presentations, informal meetings, in social gatherings). 4. Aware, conscious and passionate about many issues and topics. Not just educated in one particular...

What I’d change about my school if I were student body president
62 Words
I would try to make Harvard's social spaces more inclusive and unified. Upperclassmen get placed into 13 different houses and live there for their last 3 years. So this becomes the main center of life for each student. Elsewhere, the hundreds of organizations (like the final clubs) further fragment student life. Lastly, Harvard lacks a campus center or central social space. This...

What I like about my school’s location and culture
47 Words
Harvard's location and culture are maybe two of its biggest perks. Harvard is located in an amazing place, especially in fall and spring. It's beautiful, busy, exciting, and full of bright and educated people. Boston is close by. Everyone is extremely active in the community, and engages.