College Admissions Info

Northwestern University ‘
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Profile Overview

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

Student Background

From rural Northwestern University, University of Michigan Medical School
From: Savannah , Missouri
Gender: Male
Legacy: Both Parents, Sibling
Admission: Early Decision
Applied To: 2 schools
Accepted At: UMich, Northwestern
Denied At:
Waitlisted At:
Withdrew From:
Is English First Language: Yes
Other Language(s) Spoken: Russian

Test Scores

Highest SAT: 1960
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High School Performance

Top 1%
High School Type: Public
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Academic Performance in High School: Steady
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Extracurriculars & Awards

Sports: Tennis
Extracurricular Activities: Debate Club/Team, American Red Cross, National Honor Society, Tutoring/Mentoring
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College Application Essays

This is a fairly typical essay style. However, the great thing about this essay is that it focuses on something that went wrong. And it just sounds bad. College essays are weird in that they usually don't want to hear about how awesome you are. They really want to hear about how you know you have a lot to learn. Frankly, coming out of high school is just a point in your life that you will see that almost no...

Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
128 Words
I gave maybe 2 sentences at the very beginning talking about how prestigious the school is. Has great research opportunities and even as a freshman I will be able to have great access to those opportunities. I spent the rest of the space though talking about how Northwestern is right on Lake Michigan. I have a personal connection with the Lake since all of my summer's had previously been spent there sailing on it. So I talked about how it would...

Additional Essay Details:
26 Words
This was Northwestern's only essay, but it was geared specifically for going to Weinberg's College of Arts and Sciences admissions board. I think it was 500 words.

College Admissions Advice

Additional material sent in after waitlisted or deferred
77 Words
This can be a good idea if you're thinking you've done something very noteworthy that was not put into your app. Always be professional if you send anything. Keep in mind though, usually this kind of attempt does not end in a big reconsideration of what kind of applicant you are. If 1 thing can change your application, then you need...

Whether I used a private admissions counselor, and advice I received
50 Words
I did not. My school was also not well equipped for providing me info on how to apply anywhere outside of Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, and maybe Iowa. The best admissions counselors are the students that go to the schools (which is why I actually think this site is the bomb).

List of schools I interviewed with and my interview experience
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No school ever offered me an interview. However, some schools do have optional alumni interviews. DO THEM. They will show the school that you really are committed to going to their school. Anything "optional" is just a test to see if you are someone who is willing to go the extra mile to get what they want.

Whether I took out loans or applied for scholarships, and my advice
18 Words
Calling the school you want to go to. Internet. High school counselor's office.... In that order for me.

How I chose schools to apply to
45 Words
Rank. Size. Location. In hindsight, if you're thinking about medical school, the undergraduate school's "rank" does not matter. Rank really only matters if you're thinking about some PhD in the future, since some PhD programs care about where they get their candidates initially trained.

How to increase chances at my school
124 Words
Be unique. Be professional. And BE AHEAD OF SCHEDULE!!!! Even if a school says they are not rolling admission... they are. Every school starts accepting kids under the table in order to make sure they have enough when the time comes to close the books at the end of the fiscal year. Apply Early decision if you REALLY want to...

My extracurricular activities in college, and why I chose them
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In college, I created the Organic Chemistry Club, started my own charitable organization, did a LOT of research in life sciences, and lead my Microgravity Team to go on to NASA's Microgravity University event (Vomit Comet stuff).

Post-college plans
78 Words
Med School. Possible PhD. I am still considering having the military pay for Med school, which then would mean at least 4 years of service there. I want to be someone who contributes to the advancement of the human race. I realize it will be difficult, but what's the point if it wasn't. Please use your education to help people. Truly...

Reaching out to professors and coaches at schools I applied to
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I didn't do this. But a friend of mine did with the debate coach at Northwestern. It actually really secured a spot for him at the school, and then he had to give at least a year to the team. I personally think he underestimated his initial chances of getting into the school (he had better test scores than I...

Recommended summer activities during high school and college
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I took all of my physics courses in the summer between Soph and Junior years of college at DePaul University. One of the best decisions I have made--easy A's to be counted to my science GPA (only STEM classes... look at an MSAR for more info on that stuff). VOLUNTEER!!!! (In high school and college) I did research in one...

What I like about my school’s location and culture
104 Words
It's on Lake Michigan. The kids here actually are not great. I can't wait to go to a school where kids appreciate their University (I can say this because even I really don't appreciate Northwestern). In hindsight, I'm glad I came here, because it taught me how to fight through the struggle of very difficult curriculum. But I really have...

What I’d change about my application process
24 Words
I would have possibly applied to more schools out West where it's warm haha. Other than that, nothing. I was VERY ahead of schedule.

What might make for a good “Why Us” essay topic at my school
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Nothing that the school already knows, like how good it is. Talk about your emotions here. Literally why you will "fall in love" with the school.

What set me apart from other applicants
66 Words
My depth of participation and my successes in Debate and Forensic competitions in high school. Also I had some good volunteering, but it seems like (after talking with my peers) everyone had good volunteering. SOOO.... you have to volunteer just to get on the same playing field. THEN you can worry about setting yourself apart. Push for depth in an...

My advice about getting recommenders
60 Words
Debate Coach. Teachers who have taught for a long time. They are more credible. Also an alum who I interviewed with (I asked the school to set this up). These letters though aren't terribly important. They provide a face for a name. So just absolutely make sure they will write something GOOD about WHO YOU ARE.

Why I declined other schools
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Early Decision is binding haha

Why I ultimately chose my school
26 Words
I wanted to go somewhere that would put me to the test. I didn't want help from anyone. And Northwestern is a good place for that.