College Admissions Info
Harvard University ‘17
- Test Scores
- High School Performance
- Extracurriculars & Awards
- Personal statement
- 1 supplemental essays
- 7 advice topics
Harvard freshman interested in the humanities.Gender: Female
Race/Ethnicity: White Non-Hispanic
Legacy: Both Parents, Grandparent, Sibling, Other Family Member
Admission: Early Action
Applied To: 4 schools
Accepted At: Harvard, Binghamton, UMich
Is English First Language: Yes
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High School Performance
AP / IB Classes and Scores:
Academic Performance in High School: Low at first but improved
Explanation of Any Low Grades:
Extracurriculars & Awards
Extracurricular Activities: School Newspaper/Magazine/Journalism, School theater/plays, Model Congress / Model UN
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College Application Essays
Quiet Skin Standing there in that dark hospital room, it was just me. I was the only live soul in the room; I said my last goodbye. There were so many goodbyes up until that point, goodbyes that included mutual tears and soothing lines on his part. He would tell me that even if he was gone, I would always be able to hear his voice inside of my head. For a year, I had thought about what I would...
Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
Essay about why I wanted to go to Harvard.
College Admissions Advice
Recommended summer activities during high school and college
If you're interested in research, definitely find a mentor who will allow you to work at their lab. I did research at a well-known chemistry lab the summer between junior and senior year. This showed incentive on my part, and drive. If you do something ambitious and cool for the summer between junior and senior year, you're golden for colleges....
How I chose schools to apply to
I visited all different kinds of schools: big schools, small schools, liberal arts schools, or research universities. This gave me a really good idea of what I wanted out of a school. I made three trips to visit schools. In total I visited 10 schools. My final list of schools ended up being mostly ivy league schools with a couple well-ranked...
What I like about my school’s location and culture
I initially wanted a school that would be located in a more rural area. However, when I got into Harvard, I realized how amazing the Boston area was. You have the benefits of a medium-sized city without the noise and bustle of a city like New York City. Cambridge is technically a part of Boston, but it's definitely a quieter...
What set me apart from other applicants
I think my writing definitely set me apart from other applicants. After I got into Harvard, the admissions counselor who read my application reached out to me and told me that a large part of the reason I got in was my essay. If you can write a persuasive essay and make the admissions counselors feel something, they'll remember you...
Why I ultimately chose my school
Harvard is early action, so it does not restrict you from applying to other schools after you are accepted. I initially believed that I would apply to other colleges even if I got in. However, when I got my acceptance from Harvard, I realized it was the only place for me. It truly felt like home, and I couldn't imagine...
What I’d change about my application process
The application process made me very anxious. I didn't think I would get into my top schools and spent way too much time worrying about it. I think that if you have good SAT scores and good grades, you have to know that you'll end up at a good college. Granted, I never expected that I would end up at...
My advice about getting recommenders
My English teacher of three years and my AP Biology teacher wrote my recommendations. I was very close with both of them and I knew they would highlight my strengths as a student. I chose them because they reflected my different interests at the time: english and biology.