JoShmo
JoShmo,
Harvard ‘18
B.A., Political Science and Government, , Statistics
Gap year student enrolling at Harvard this fall
Features Included
2
Essays
20
Schools
18
Scores
10
Advice
5
ECs
0
Sports

Background

Hometown Stockton, California
GenderFemale
EthnicityAsian
AdmissionRegular Decision
English First Language Yes
Other Language(s) Spoken Cantonese, Spanish, French

Results, Essays, and Advice

Accepted
Waitlisted or Withdrew
Denied
  • Harvard University (Cambridge, MA)
  • Barnard College (New York, NY)
  • Brown University (Providence, RI)
  • Columbia University (New York, NY)
  • Dartmouth College (Hanover, NH)
  • Amherst College (Amherst, MA)
  • Georgetown University (Washington, DC)
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, MA)
  • New York University (New York, NY)
  • Pomona College (Claremont, CA)
  • Princeton University (Princeton, NJ)
  • Stanford University (Stanford, CA)
  • University of California - Berkeley (Berkeley, CA)
  • Yale University (New Haven, CT)
  • Wellesley College (Wellesley, MA)
  • Williams College (Williamstown, MA)
  • Vassar College (Poughkeepsie, NY)
  • University of California - San Diego (La Jolla, CA)
  • University of California - Irvine (Irvine, CA)
  • University of California - Los Angeles (Los Angeles, CA)
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Harvard University (Cambridge, MA)

Applied for a B.A. in Political Science and Government

Accepted and Enrolled Legacy: No

School Specific Essays

School Specific Advice

More Essays

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Personal Statement
74 Words
Death of a loved one
As I trudge toward the school parking lot, I pull my phone from my pocket. Nine missed calls. A familiar dark thought looms in the back of my mind. I drop my bulky bag on the curb and slump next to it, hugging my knees. I dial my dad’s phone number. For once, he picks up immediately. “Baba, what—” He clears his throat. “Mommy has passed away.”
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Supplemental Essay Unique question posed by school
27 Words
Brown University asked me to describe something I have created. I wrote this essay about the screenwriting class I took and the scripts I created in it.
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General Admissions Advice

How I chose schools to apply to
75 Words
I was unsure of what I wanted from a college going into my senior year: geographic area, public versus private, size, religious or...
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How to increase chances at my school
39 Words
Only choose activities that you are truly passionate about. Show this passion...
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Recommended summer activities during high school and college
65 Words
Shelling out the big bucks for a summer session at a university is not absolutely necessary. Instead, you can focus...
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Why I declined other schools
74 Words
After attending the admitted students programs for Harvard, Yale, and Princeton, I was able to narrow my choices down to just Harvard...
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Why I ultimately chose my school
73 Words
I ultimately chose Harvard over Princeton because I felt I needed to be in a college town yet still be close to...
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What I’d change about my application process
82 Words
I definitely overlooked how important the interview is when it comes to small liberal arts schools. After the admissions cycle, I noticed that all of...
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Whether I took out loans or applied for scholarships, and my advice
3 Words
APPLY...
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What set me apart from other applicants
52 Words
I advise students from low-income backgrounds to apply to more elite schools. The process can be...
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What might make for a good “Why Us” essay topic at my school
43 Words
These types of essays should be written so that they would not work...
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My advice about getting recommenders
121 Words
I had known my guidance counselor since kindergarten, and he knew about my family situation, so he wrote me a stellar recommendation. I chose two teachers of core subjects for my other recommendations: my Statistics teacher...
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High School Performance

Weighted GPA
4.40
 
Rank
Top 1%
 
High School TypePublic
Academic Performance in High School Steady

Test Scores

Highest SAT
2260
 
SAT Score Details
 
Converted SAT Score1540
SAT IIs

AP / IB Classes and Scores

Details13 classes and scores

Sports

Extracurriculars

ActivitiesAcademic Decathlon, Key Club, National Honor Society, Student Council / Government, Charity Drive Organizing
Elaborate on Extracurriculars or Work

Experience & Awards

How Spent Summers
Volunteer Experiences
Application Additional Materials

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