College Admissions Info

ksl0
ksl0
Stanford University ‘15
BS, Management Sciences and Information Systems

Profile Overview

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

Student Background

I'm a Stanford student with a ridiculous number of interests. I am curious, active, genuine, committed, and fun!
From: Westchester , New York
Gender: Female
Race/Ethnicity: Prefer Not to Share
Legacy: Both Parents
Admission: Early Action
Applied To: 3 schools
Accepted At: Stanford, UMich, USC
Denied At:
Waitlisted At:
Withdrew From:
Is English First Language: Yes

Test Scores

2130
SAT
Highest SAT: 2130
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High School Performance

3.80
GPA
Top 5%
Rank
High School Type: Other Private
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Academic Performance in High School: Steady
Explanation of Any Low Grades:

Extracurriculars & Awards

Sports: Basketball, Field Hockey, Lacrosse
Extracurricular Activities: Multicultural / International Club, Tutoring/Mentoring
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College Application Essays

Personal Statement: Creative personal story
112 Words
I discussed how I have synesthesia and used that as a template to write about many aspects of my life. I started out with "I have synesthesia. No, it's not a disease." I definitely let my fun side shine through, but I also pondered things like, maybe there's a connection between my synesthesia and love for math - because I associate colors with numbers as well as letters, it's possible that numbers and equations were already more beautiful and interesting...



Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
66 Words
Roommate essay: I did a casual essay, speaking in first person to a potential roommate, starting with, "Hey! Wassup?" I took this essay as an opportunity to show my non-academic side: my personality, hobbies, interests, etc.. I talked about how I love arts and crafts, running and playing sports, how I'm super competitive and love mind games (board games, card games, Rubik's cubes, and such).

Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
120 Words
I referenced as many specific details about the school as possible. Applying from the East coast for schools on the West coast, I made sure to emphasize how familiar I was with the culture, how I have relatives there, how my parents lived there for a while and I love their stories and want to experience that myself. I also maintained the serious-but-fun tone (referencing the Doc-Ok band leader and swim team running in speedos and such). This was my ...



Supplemental Essay: Diversity statement
222 Words
We were asked about "intellectual vitality" and what it meant to us. I wrote about a physic problem that my teacher junior year had posed for us. He was a retired army colonel from West Point who tended to mutter "damn communists" whenever something didn't work. He gave us a problem where he put a rubber sheet with a hook flat on top of a metal stool. When he pulled up the sheet by the hook, the stool came up...





Additional Essay Details:
44 Words
I had a lot of fun writing my application. I felt like I got to show many different sides of myself and that my reader would really get to know many of my dimensions. Other applications in comparison felt empty, after completing this one.

College Admissions Advice

Whether I used a private admissions counselor, and advice I received
119 Words
Yes. This was really good in forcing me to get my work done early, before craziness of senior year kicked in. It was also really good because we were able to focus on what was best for ME, unlike my school's college counselors who are also concerned with the stats of other students' and how many they should endorse for...



How I chose schools to apply to
70 Words
I visited schools a lot. That being said, there were two schools that I visited twice, and for both of them I have very different experiences with each visit. It really showed me just how random an impression can be, based on who your tour guide is or what time of year you visit (make sure to visit during a...



How I chose schools to apply to
61 Words
I knew I wanted a school with a lot of school spirit and pride. Often this comes in the form of school spirit for a sports team (football, basketball, etc.). It also helps during visits if you can take note of how many students are wearing school apparel - it's a good indicator of how proud they are of their...

How I chose schools to apply to
126 Words
I did not want to apply to any school within a 200 mile radius. If you can afford it financially, college is a great opportunity to live in a different culture; the US has SO many diverse communities that you might as well use this opportunity to learn about another place! What's the point of college except to get an education?...



Recommended summer activities during high school and college
129 Words
Do something that is related to your interests or try something random with the intent of learning from it. If you're doing something related to your interests, it will reinforce your explanations on paper for what you're "passions" are. If you're trying random things, you should be doing it with the active intent of finding an interest/passion that you...



What I like about my school’s location and culture
99 Words
How everyone does amazing things but are super modest about it. I love being surprised by people, learning months after I know them that they started a company or an NGO in high school, or wrote an article in the NYT. Everyone is here for a reason, and more often than not that reason is the last thing you'd expect...



What I like about my school’s location and culture
76 Words
The leave of absence policy is also really good. It's super easy to take time off and come back to Stanford, and other schools have many barriers to do so. I had to take a medical leave and was shocked at how easy the school made the process for me - a huge relief. Things happen, opportunities come up, and...



My extracurricular activities in college, and why I chose them
183 Words
Greek life has been my main extra curricular activity. I was actually super anti-Greek life when I was applying to colleges. I rushed on a whim simply because I was curious what all the hype was about, and I figured if it wasn't for me at least I'd walk away with an understanding of one aspect of college life. The...





Post-college plans
59 Words
You think you have it all figured out, but you don't. Worse, those of us who think we have it figured out tend to be the most unhappy. Expect to change your mind. But, also make sure that you expose yourself to different opportunities so that you will be jumping TO new opportunities, not just running FROM boring ones.

What I’d change about my application process
73 Words
I would have worked on more applications sooner. I spent so much time on my early application that I neglected working on my other college apps, which really stressed me out. It worked out for me that I got in early, but I would have had a lot of regrets if it hadn't worked out and I had a ton...



My advice about getting recommenders
239 Words
My two teachers who wrote my recommendations taught the two subjects I love the most: math and history. Ironically, these were the two classes I actually had my lowest grades in (B+ each). But, these were also the classes I worked the hardest in, because I cared the most, and the teachers definitely saw that about me. A good recommendation...





What might make for a good “Why Us” essay topic at my school
45 Words
Why Stanford's culture is important to you. You're going to get a good education anywhere you go, they want to know why US, not THEM. More specifically, why not an Ivy school, as there's a lot of crossover with students applying to Stanford and Ivies.

What set me apart from other applicants
24 Words
I used a really fun tone. I was completely true to myself: insightful, cleaver, academic, creative, intellectual, and also eager for more great opportunities.

Why I ultimately chose my school
60 Words
Honestly, Stanford is such a unique place, there was barely any competition with other schools meeting my ideal criteria for my college experience. Sure, I think I definitely could have been really happy at other schools, too, but I really had my heart set on Stanford for its fun but intense (and often crazy, mostly in a good way..!) culture.