B.S., Visual Arts
Visual artist and writer
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Hometown Bakersfield, California
EthnicityWhite Non-Hispanic
AdmissionRegular Decision
Class of2019
First Gen College StudentNo

Results, Essays, and Advice

Waitlisted or Withdrew
  • Stanford University (Stanford, CA)
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  • University of California - Berkeley (Berkeley, CA)
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  • Whitman College (Walla Walla, WA)
  • Yale University (New Haven, CT)
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Stanford University (Stanford, CA)

in Visual Arts

Accepted and Enrolled Legacy: No

School Specific Essays

Personal Statement
572 Words
Challenged a belief, Interest in fine arts
"Reflect on a time when you challenged a belief or idea" To draw a flower, as is taught conventionally, one must first outline the shape. Then, color is added to the developing sketch. Dimension is created by shading and highlighting, finally giving the creation form. This process will allow one to craft a completely lifelike, entirely lifeless flower. I can still vividly recall watching a series of video interviews of Georgia O'Keeffe in my beginning art class. She spoke of...
Supplemental Essay: Issue of personal significance
524 Words
Our family dining table is made out of two massive slabs of pecan. Its smooth, marbled surface is already beginning to hold the scars of coffee rings and wine stains, to the perpetual frustration of my mother. What was once a tree’s most inner workings are now cut open and exposed to the lives of my family, continuously accumulating new markings and characteristics with time. Like tracking the life of a tree by counting the rings around its center,...
Supplemental Essay: Strong beliefs/principles
533 Words
"Tell us about a person that has significantly influenced you" His grin widens into a smile, and the wrinkles on his face spread to reveal the rosy apples of his cheeks. Whenever he comes to visit, I can expect to receive a big hug and a jovial greeting. He used to remind me of Santa, although his balding, spotted scalp contains far less hair, and he is entirely devoid of a fluffy white beard on his chin. Almost immediately after...
Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
261 Words
"Write a letter to your future roommate" I have one anticipatory statement for my roommate: I apologize in advance. You are probably expecting someone quiet who keeps a neat and organized room. My whirlwind of activity may come as a surprise. In my defense, my creative energy is an innate quality. As the child of a costume designer and a musician, I became acclimated to a life full of homemade Halloween costumes and the Beatles. More than simply artistic fun,...

School Specific Advice

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Supplemental Essay Unique question posed by school
294 Words
"Stanford students possess an intellectual vitality. Tell us about your intellectual vitality" You could say my reputation at O. J. Actis Junior High School is rather illustrious. I will forever go down in history as the girl who read the” really,really big book “ and lived to pass its reading test. Conquering Tolstoy’s War and Peace, however, was really more of a testament to my innate, ancestral Vaughan family obstinacy than to my love for reading. That would come...
Supplemental Essay Other
982 Words
First, here are some quick tips about college essay writing: Common App Essay- Quick Tips 1. Not Everyone Has to Have a Terrible Hardship a. This is a huge myth in college essay writing. “Nothing terrible has ever happened to me, so I won’t get into [blank] school.” In reality, everyone has hardships; some are just more subtle and nuanced than others, and take more insight to tap into. For example, someone that grows up in an extremely affluent neighborhood...

General Admissions Advice

Additional material sent in after waitlisted or deferred
196 Words
Being deferred from Stanford was an extremely stressful and long, long process. Luckily for me, there was a light at the end of this admissions tunnel, which was possibly thanks to my deferral form. In my deferral form, i spoke about a large community service project that i had completed since admission, and made sure to include the quantitative...
My advice about getting recommenders
172 Words
My recommenders were chosen on the basis of relationship over subject diversity. I did not worry too much about getting recommenders from a variety of different course types, i.e a science and an english teacher's recommendations, and instead focused on the teachers who knew me the best. If you don't...
What set me apart from other applicants
484 Words
This is an extremely hard question to answer, as myself and other applicants are surely asking ourselves this question in disbelief after being accepted to Stanford. As for the most definite and concrete answer I can give, the letter i received from my admissions counselor after being admitted expressed interest in the different programs i had taken a part in or begun for women in my community. This was an odd departure from the letters i got from other admissions counselors at other schools, which spoke mostly about my art supplement or mentioned my essays. From this i can gather...
Why I ultimately chose my school
113 Words
I chose to attend Stanford because it is a university with the opportunities and quality of an ivy league school but without the ego. While everyone there is extremely intelligent and hard working, they...
What I’d change about my application process
373 Words
From talking to others and reading a few essays, I really wish that I could go back, start my essay process earlier, and answer some of my prompts and questions more creatively. My application was sent into Stanford extremely early, because i did early action plus an arts supplement, which means that the application was due a month before the normal EA deadline. I ended up not loving the essays that i sent into Stanford as much as the ones that i wrote for regular decision schools, because i think i became more knowledgeable and comfortable with the process with...

High School Performance

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Converted SAT Score1480
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ActivitiesStudent Council / Government, National Honor Society, Nonprofit, NGO or Charitable Organization, Charity Drive Organizing, French Club, Nonprofit, NGO or Charitable Organization
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