College Admissions Info

bchab
bchab
Harvard University ‘17
BA, Art History

Profile Overview

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

Student Background

Junior ar Harvard University studying Humanities and involved in the Arts/Literary community
From: Springfield, NJ , New Jersey
Gender: Male
Race/Ethnicity: White Non-Hispanic
Legacy: No
Admission: Early Action
Applied To: 3 schools
Accepted At: Harvard, Oxford
Denied At:
Waitlisted At:
Withdrew From:
Is English First Language: No
Other Language(s) Spoken: French

Test Scores

2320
SAT
Highest SAT: 2320
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High School Performance

4.20
GPA
Top 1%
Rank
High School Type: Public
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Academic Performance in High School: Steady
Explanation of Any Low Grades:

Extracurriculars & Awards

Extracurricular Activities: French Club, Student Council / Government, Debate Club/Team, Nursing Home Volunteer
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College Application Essays

615 Words
When I was young, I watched with puzzlement as my aunts, uncles, and cousins changed overnight with the mysterious and inexplicable advent of children. These newly minted parents suddenly took on an air of sagacity, appeared as if they had just learned the secret to life and tucked it away with a satisfied smile. Skeptical that having a child could beget such swift enlightenment, I brushed off my concern and told myself I would find out in the future with...









Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
504 Words
When I first moved from France to the United States, I was immediately perplexed by the sheer friendliness and warmth with which even the most distant of strangers greeted one another. It is not to say that the French are, as stereotype dictates, rude, but they are certainly less emphatic about their greetings. When I met my English teacher for the first time she seemed genuinely elated to see me, as if we were the oldest of friends. I was...







Additional Essay Details:
909 Words
The only two essays I wrote for all my applications are my common app essay, and my supplemental essay, which I used as a supplement for Harvard and as my personal statement for Oxford, University College London, Imperial College London, Manchester University, and Edinburgh University. Even though Harvard says the supplemental essay is optional, I highly recommend writing one. I submitted my personal statement from the UK universities I had applied to because that was supposed to be very academic...













College Admissions Advice

My advice about getting recommenders
99 Words
My guidance counselor and two teachers I had taken multiple classes with wrote my recommendations. I had known all three well for four years. My school was pretty small so I did know the teachers pretty well, but I was not at all the type of person who would be remotely close to his teachers like other people at my...



Why I declined other schools
123 Words
I declined Oxford in favor of Harvard because Harvard is so much more flexible academically. With Oxford, you apply to a specific program, and the classes you take each semester and each year for the three years you stay there are predetermined. If you know exactly what you want to do, then good on you and Oxford could possible be...



Reaching out to professors and coaches at schools I applied to
34 Words
I did not reach out to any professors, nor do I know many who did. However, you can submit a work in a field that will be forwarded to professors in the respective department.

Why I ultimately chose my school
85 Words
Right off the bat, Harvard is almost unparalleled in financial aid. This was one of the biggest reasons I chose Harvard. The financial aid here really is incredible and even if the package you received is not what you want, you can call them and discuss your situation. Secondly, Harvard is incredibly flexible academically. Everyone I know here studies a...



What I like about my school’s location and culture
163 Words
The culture at Harvard is notorious for being super competitive, but what people don't realize is that people here are not competing with others, they're competing with themselves. Everyone here works themselves extremely hard and are not necessarily competing with you. That being said, it does create a culture in which you feel inferior if you are not acting like...



Whether I used a private admissions counselor, and advice I received
16 Words
No, I did not really have the financial resources and everything worked out fine without one.

5 adjectives that describe a typical student at my school (Feel free to elaborate!)
5 Words
Ambitious, Competitive, Goal-oriented, Sociable, Outgoing

What I now know about my school that I never would have known prior to enrolling
39 Words
Before applying, I didn't realize how few students are academic-focused. Most people's achievements are outside of school and the majority focus on extracurricular commitments rather than classwork, although that's not to say academics aren't extremely important to most people.

My advice about getting recommenders
56 Words
Definitely start building a good relationship with some of your teachers one or two teachers early on. You don't necessarily have to be in every one of their classes but just chat with them occasionally and make sure you get to know them and they get to know you. They'll write a much more personal recommendation.

My favorite course thus far, and why
67 Words
The course from which I definitely learned the most is Benjamin Buchloh's Contemporary Art class. Buchloh is a world famous art critic who was very influential in the contemporary art world and hearing about his experience was phenomenal and I definitely learned a lot. Another of my favorite courses would be Robinson's East Asian Religions, which was by far the...

List of schools I interviewed with and my interview experience
96 Words
I interviewed with both Harvard and Oxford. The Harvard interview was quite casual. I had it with a Harvard alum at his home. We talked about my interests in and out of school as well as my interest in Harvard. The interview was more of a chat that went on for quite some time. The Oxford interview, on the other...