College Admissions Info

Columbia University, ‘19
BS, Environmental Engineering

Profile Overview

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

Student Background

engineer with a passion for the environment and politics
From: The Woodlands , Texas
Gender: Female
First Gen College Student: Yes
Race/Ethnicity: White Non-Hispanic
Legacy: No
Admission: Early Decision
Applied To: 2 schools
Accepted At: UT Austin
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Is English First Language: Yes

Test Scores

Converted SAT Score: 1490
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High School Performance

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Top 5%
High School Type: Public
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Academic Performance in High School: Steady
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Extracurriculars & Awards

Sports: Dance
Extracurricular Activities: German Club, Debate Club/Team, Lions Club, Odyssey of the Mind, National Honor Society
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College Application Essays

My heartbeat quickened as I scanned the room to see if he was there. I found him sitting at the bar, already on his second Beefeaters gin with a splash of tonic. I was late. Late meant that my father's blood alcohol content was already rising without me, and by the end of dinner he would be out of my control. My body tingled with anxiety. The waitress shot me a worried look and asked if I was okay. As...

Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
276 Words
I have always had trouble fitting into boxes. I tend to answer inquiries with, "it depends," rather than a definitive yes or no. When people ask me about my political views, I cannot simply categorize myself as a cookie-cutter Republican or Democrat. Like my own beliefs, the complex situations in the world cannot be reduced to black and white. Although science runs deep in the field of my passions, I wish not to stay shackled to this plot, condemned to...

Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
298 Words
SEAS Why your major: I gasp for air, unable to even utter a word from the shock induced by the freezing water enveloping my body. Panic races through my veins in the form of adrenaline. I reach for the shoreline, but fail to overcome the current dragging me further down the river. Through the panic and the fear, under all of that rushing water, I find my passion. My interest in Environmental Engineering began as a small stream, and developed...

Supplemental Essay for Columbia: Unique question posed by school
144 Words
I was surrounded by a libertarian, a self-described communist, and a liberal democrat --and I was terrified. At the first Junior State of America (JSA) meeting I attended, I was thrust into a controversial and thought-provoking discussion concerning Israel and Palestine. My eyes were opened to a torrent of new perspectives and insights. I found myself eagerly raising my hand to share my ideas and to counter other's proposals. JSA awoke me from a naive political apathy. I realized that...

College Admissions Advice

How to increase chances at my school
46 Words
Every piece of the application should show something different about yourself. If you want...

Why I ultimately chose my school
58 Words
New York City is awesome and I wanted a well rounded education and Columbia is a great...

How I narrowed down my essay topics
130 Words
The topics I ultimately ended up writing about were experiences that I looked back on and noticed that they had changed me in some way as a person. It was not always even a large, sudden change. For example,...

Whether I used a private admissions counselor, and advice I received
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I did...

What I’d change about my application process
87 Words
I would have written all of my applications before December. The reason I only applied to two colleges was because I applied Early Decision to Columbia....

How I would rate the diversity of the student body (Columbia)
99 Words
I find the Columbia Community to be extremely diverse. There are many international students, not just from Europe, but truly from all over the world. There are also plenty of...

How important school spirit is around athletics at my school (Columbia)
17 Words
The only sporting event somewhat...

What might make for a good “Why Us” essay topic at my school (Columbia)
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A spicy take on...