USC ‘20
B.S., Biology
QuestBridge Scholar, Class of 2020.
Features Included


Hometown Cypress, Texas
EthnicityWhite Non-Hispanic
AdmissionRegular Decision
First Gen College StudentNo
English First Language Yes
Other Language(s) Spoken Arabic, Spanish

Results, Essays, and Advice

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University of Southern California (Los Angeles, CA)

Applied for a B.S. in Biology

Accepted and Enrolled Legacy: No

School Specific Essays

School Specific Advice

5 adjectives that describe a typical student at my school (Feel free to elaborate!)
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Ambitious, energetic,...
Most popular extracurricular activities at my college
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The most popular extracurricular activities...
My extracurricular activities in college, and why I chose them
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I am currently a QuestBridge Scholar, a member of the First Generation Student Union, a member of the...
My favorite course thus far, and why
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My favorite course this far is The Modern Middle East (HIST-383) because...
What I like about my school’s location and culture
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What I LOVE about my school's location and culture is that...
What I now know about my school that I never would have known prior to enrolling
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What I now know about my school that I never would...
What I’d change about my school if I were student body president
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If I were student body president, I would make sure...
What might make for a good “Why Us” essay topic at my school
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What I used for this topic was my interest and passion for...
Whether I took out loans or applied for scholarships, and my advice
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I regret not applying to more scholarships because I wouldn't have had to take out as much in loans...

More Essays

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Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story. My early childhood was filled with countless smiles and laughter, abundant toys and clothes, and the comfortingly familiar faces of aunts and uncles, grandparents and cousins. Until the age of five, I lived with my younger sister, mother and father in a cozy two-bedroom apartment located in Hackensack,...
Supplemental Essay “Why us” school essay
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Please reflect on what you consider to be an important personal experience related to your talents, interests, or commitments. Using this experience, please tell us what you learned about yourself. How will this experience prepare you for success at Rutgers? After moving to Houston from Long Island, I was blessed to find a myriad of service opportunities that I could partake in to contribute to my community. I volunteer with many service organizations including Health Occupations Students of America, Key...
Supplemental Essay Strong beliefs/principles
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Everything I am I inherited from my family. My untamable brown curls--my grandmother; my prominent nose--my mom; my humanitarianism--my dad. Before he came to America and had me, my dad was a family physician living in his Egyptian hometown. Patients flocked to his office for medical advice and treatment for their aches and pains. He cared deeply for every one of his patients and stayed awake through many a night to treat and support them. After coming to America, he...
Supplemental Essay Strong beliefs/principles
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After moving to Texas, I was thankful for the myriad of service opportunities that I could partake of. Although I am a part of many service organizations, the one that is the most important to me is the Breakfast Club, a student-led club dedicated to aiding the movement to end world hunger. Breakfast Club mainly volunteers at the food pantry at Cypress Assistance Ministries, a non-profit organization that serves those in financial crises, near homelessness, the elderly, or the unemployed....
Supplemental Essay Strong beliefs/principles
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Considering your lifetime goals, discuss how your current and future academic and extracurricular activities might help you achieve your goals. I love learning about the human body, which is why I will major in biology. I find everything—from the trillions of individual microscopic cells it is composed of to the structure of the brain—to be absolutely incredible. The human body has always been a captivating subject to me ever since I can remember, which is another reason why...
Supplemental Essay Amusing anecdote
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Describe an experience which caused you to change your perspective and/or opinon. How did this affect you? It was the first day of second grade. My stomach was a cage full of butterflies. It was my first day of school in Long Island, New York, with a new set of classmates. I was as nervous as I was optimistic about making new friends. Since I was a new student in Carle Place, a hamlet with an area of one...
Supplemental Essay “Why us” school essay
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Describe your academic interests and how you plan to pursue them at USC. Please feel free to address your first- and second-choice major selections (250 word limit) I love learning about the human body which is why I will major in biology. I find everything—from the trillions of individual microscopic cells it is composed of to the structure of the brain—to be absolutely incredible. What I find very interesting about the human body is its defense mechanism against invading...
Supplemental Essay Strong beliefs/principles
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USC students are known to be involved. Briefly describe a non-academic pursuit (such as service to community or family, a club or sport, or work, etc.,) that best illustrates who you are, and why it is important to you. (250 word limit) I have been volunteering at the food pantry at Cypress Assistance Ministries, a non-profit organization, on Saturday mornings during the school year for almost two years. My responsibility is to sort nonperishable food donations and assist in creating packages...
Supplemental Essay Other
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Write about things that are close to your heart. It may be your career goals, an interest or hobby, or a hardship you've experienced. Writing about something that is important to you will allow admissions committees to have the best idea about you. Don't hold back: include details that you feel are crucial to your story. Have a trusted peer or teacher read over your essays before you submit them. However, it's best to stay away from controversial issues/opinions:...

General Admissions Advice

Post-college plans
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I plan to go to...
What I’d change about my application process
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Manage your time wisely!!! In order to prevent unnecessary stress, it...
List of schools I interviewed with and my interview experience
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I interviewed with UPenn, Yale, Brown, Dartmouth, Tufts, Princeton, and Cornell. Fortunately, I had a pleasant experience with all my interviewers. Be ready to talk about yourself, your background, your passions, and your extracurriculars. Dress nice, but not too formal. Even if you aren't confident, fake it....
Recommended summer activities during high school and college
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Go to medical camps, volunteer in hospitals, etc. if you wish to do something in medicine. Find things that pertain to your desired field. For example, you can shadow or intern with someone...
What set me apart from other applicants
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I believe my hardships as well as my academic interests in science...
My advice about getting recommenders
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Ask recommendations from your teachers from junior year who have observed your impeccable work...
How I chose schools to apply to
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I looked at schools that...
How to increase chances at my school
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High SAT scores, extracurriculars...
How to approach transferring schools
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If transferring from one school to another, having...
Whether I used a private admissions counselor, and advice I received
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Although I did not use a private admissions counselor (I talked...
Why I declined other schools
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I declined other schools because they did not provide as generous...
Why I ultimately chose my school
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After visiting USC, there was no turning...

High School Performance

Weighted GPA
Top 10%
High School TypePublic
College Classes In High School
Academic Performance in High School Steady
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Test Scores

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Converted SAT Score1390
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ActivitiesCommunity Cleanup / Service, Diversity Committee / Minority Initiative, Key Club, Math Team, National Honor Society, School Choir, School Jazz / Orchestra, School Newspaper/Magazine/Journalism, Science Club/Team, Spanish Club, Tutoring/Mentoring, Green Club
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