College Admissions Info

drlopez
drlopez
Stanford University ‘16
BA, History, Political Science and Government

Profile Overview

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

Student Background

Sophomore in college studying History and Political Science
From: San Diego , California
Gender: Female
Race/Ethnicity: Hispanic
Legacy: No
Admission: Early Action
Applied To: 10 schools
Accepted At: Stanford, SDSU, UC Berkeley, UC Davis, UCLA, UCSD, Harvard
Denied At:
Waitlisted At:
Withdrew From:
Is English First Language: Yes
Other Language(s) Spoken: Spanish, French

Test Scores

2190
SAT
32
ACT
Highest SAT: 2190
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High School Performance

4.40
GPA
Top 1%
Rank
High School Type: Public
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Academic Performance in High School: Steady

Extracurriculars & Awards

Sports: Tennis
Extracurricular Activities: Academic Decathlon, Best Buddies
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College Application Essays

My personal statement was about how my life experiences helped craft my unique perspective that would contribute to the diversity of the university. I talked about living in a poor neighborhood in Cleveland, Ohio but going to a private elementary and how that influenced my perceptions of people. I struggled with being different at my school, but I learned that many of my friends, although more affluent, had their own struggles. This really gave me understanding and empathy for others,...



Supplemental Essay: Amusing anecdote
59 Words
One of Stanford's additional essays is to write a letter to your future roommate. I used this essay less to talk about my accomplishments and more to talk about myself as a person - my likes, dislikes, sense of humor. This was a lighthearted, fun essay to write. It really helps the reader see you as a human being.

Supplemental Essay: Issue of personal significance
29 Words
The question was "what matters to you and why," and it was kind of hard to answer because it's so broad and they give you a low word limit.

Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
39 Words
The last question was "what excites your intellectual vitality" or something along those lines. I actually talked about television and how it influences and what we can learn from it (specifically satire like South Park and the Colbert Report).

College Admissions Advice

List of schools I interviewed with and my interview experience
106 Words
The only school I interviewed with was Harvard University, which I was wait listed to. The interview took place very close to my home at a local nonprofit run by a Harvard Alumni. I felt very comfortable with my interviewer since we related to each other in terms of background. I talked mostly about my personal life and personal challenges,...



Whether I took out loans or applied for scholarships, and my advice
64 Words
I recommend focusing your time on local scholarships. They are usually worth less in prize money ($2000 or so), however you have a much better chance of winning this. I won a few local San Diego scholarships as well as a laptop by writing essays that I could mostly recycle from personal statements. Talk to your high school counselor about what...

How I chose schools to apply to
31 Words
I applied to four UC's, four CSU's, and 2 private universities, and I based this off of what was common in my school and the fee waivers my counselor could provide me.

How to increase chances at my school
66 Words
Use any opportunities you have. It doesn't matter if your school doesn't offer as many AP classes or sports. Universities want to see that you are taking advantage of what your school does have to offer. So if there are two AP classes, take those two. If there are none, focus your time on doing things you love. That passion...

My extracurricular activities in college, and why I chose them
81 Words
I am heavily involved in two student groups: The First-Generation, Low-income Partnership, which creates a resource and community for first-gen and low-income students at my university. I am also involved in The Phoenix Scholars, a program that pairs university students to mentor high school students in their college application process. I think it's best to find what you love and...



Why I ultimately chose my school
61 Words
Stanford was my dream university. I loved the academic freedom students are offered. We are encouraged to explore many classes and subjects, and I love having the chance to broaden my interests. Also, because Stanford has such generous financial aid, it was more affordable to go here than any other university. It is beautiful and everything I expected it to...

How to increase chances at my school
176 Words
I've talked to Stanford admissions people before, and the general consensus I get is that they really want students who are passionate about something, anything, and can really make that come across on paper. Of course, you want to get good grades and SAT scores, but the face is you'll be up against students who are just as smart and...





Post-college plans
128 Words
I still haven't decided exactly what I'm going to do after I graduate, but the great thing about Stanford is that it gives you the freedom to be unsure. You don't have to declare a major until the end of your sophomore year, so there's room to explore. I am considering going to law school to practice immigration law or...



Recommended summer activities during high school and college
132 Words
I didn't do much with my summers while I was in high school, but here at Stanford summer internships and research are a pretty big deal. It's kind of expected that you'll be working or researching each summer of your Stanford career to build up great experience, make a bit of money, and avoid a boring 3 months of doing nothing....



What I like about my school’s location and culture
115 Words
To be honest, I'm not a huge fan of Stanford's location. The nearest city is Palo Alto, which is definitely NOT a college town. It's pretty expensive, filled with small, fancy restaurants, and there isn't much that an average college student would be interested in. It's cool to go to San Francisco, but it takes about an hour to get...