College Admissions Info

Areckburg
Areckburg
Northwestern University ‘17
BS, Chemistry

Profile Overview

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

Student Background

I am a cheerleader, and I am majoring in Chemistry.
From: Rockford , Illinois
Gender: Female
Race/Ethnicity: White Non-Hispanic
Legacy: No
Admission: Early Decision, Early Action
Applied To: 1 school
Accepted At: Northwestern
Denied At:
Waitlisted At:
Withdrew From:
Is English First Language: Yes

Test Scores

35
ACT
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High School Performance

4.40
GPA
Top 5%
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High School Type: Religious
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Academic Performance in High School: Steady
Explanation of Any Low Grades:

Extracurriculars & Awards

Sports: Cheer/Spirit Squad
Extracurricular Activities: National Honor Society, Student Council / Government
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College Application Essays

Personal Statement: Movie or book that changed you
517 Words
My eyes were fixated on the screen. It was the only thing illuminating the dark room; there were no windows. A few rays of light could be seen under the door, but they were miniscule. I was conscious of every heart beat, yet my mind was racing. I felt as though the classroom was a prison, and I was trapped watching the closest thing to a horror movie I had ever seen. For the record, I have never actually seen...







Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
19 Words
I don't have my original essay, but I wrote about how I had school spirit (something Northwestern desperately lacks).

Additional Essay Details:
72 Words
I knew Northwestern was looking to build school spirit, so I wrote about how I had a lot of school spirit and how I was planning on trying out for cheerleading. Write about what you can do for them, and not what they can do for you. Try and find out if they are looking to develop somewhere (athletics, clubs, greek life, etc.), and write about how you can help that development.

College Admissions Advice

List of schools I interviewed with and my interview experience
39 Words
THIS IS CRUCIAL: Take classes at your dream school over the summer if possible. When it is time to apply, a letter of recommendation from your professor looks fantastic. I talk about this more later on, in more detail.

How I chose schools to apply to
52 Words
I looked solely at academics. I went to the top ranked university I knew I could get into. I is also less than an hour and half away, which is really nice. Some kids say they want to go far away, but being so close has turned out to be really nice.

How to increase chances at my school
4 Words
Take summer classes there.

My extracurricular activities in college, and why I chose them
37 Words
Tell them what you can bring to the school. I wrote my supplemental essay about how I wanted to be a cheerleader, and my school majorly lacks school spirit. I'm sure saying that helped me stand out.

Post-college plans
11 Words
My essay was about what inspired me to be a doctor.

Reaching out to professors and coaches at schools I applied to
50 Words
Take summer classes there, and become friends with your professor, and then have him write you a letter of recommendation. I cannot emphasize this enough. Be sure to take a course in your desired field though. Don't take an easy class (blowoff?) class, because that doesn't stand out as much.

Recommended summer activities during high school and college
3 Words
Take summer classes.

What I like about my school’s location and culture
60 Words
I love Northwestern. We have the perfect location being so close to Chicago. We are close enough to utilize it, without all the hectic of being in the city itself. Our culture is fantastic here too. It is the perfect mix of studying and fun. We work super hard during the week, but then we have fun on the weekends.

What I’d change about my application process
5 Words
I wouldn't have changed anything.

What might make for a good “Why Us” essay topic at my school
16 Words
Talk about what you can bring to the school, not what that school can give you.

What set me apart from other applicants
30 Words
Taking a class there over the summer, and holding my own as a high school student. I did significantly better than a lot of the college aged kids in it.

My advice about getting recommenders
36 Words
Take summer classes and have your professor write a letter of recommendation. I also had my high school biology teacher write one too. I was good friends with her, and I did well in her class.

Why I ultimately chose my school
36 Words
I ultimately chose Northwestern because it was the best academic school I could get easily into. It was a no brainer. I fell in love once I started living here, and I wouldn't have changed anything.