College Admissions Info

rena.s
rena.s
University of Chicago ‘19
BS, Economics

Profile Overview

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

Student Background

I am double majoring in Economics and Political Science at UChicago. Both finance and journalism interest me as potential careers. I am really passionate about education, and I want to do anything I can to help other students succeed in higher education!
From: Great Neck , New York
Gender: Female
Race/Ethnicity: White Non-Hispanic
Legacy: Both Parents, Grandparent, Other Family Member
Admission: Regular Decision
Applied To: 15+ schools
Accepted At: Cornell, Williams, Middlebury, Emerson, CMU, Fordham, NYU, Hunter, Baruch, BU, Wesleyan
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Is English First Language: No
Other Language(s) Spoken: Russian, French, Italian

Test Scores

2290
SAT
Converted SAT Score: 1550
Highest SAT: 2290
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High School Performance

4.00
GPA
Top 5%
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High School Type: Public
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Academic Performance in High School: Steady
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Extracurriculars & Awards

Extracurricular Activities: Homework Heroes, Local Orchestra / Symphony / Band, National Honor Society, School Jazz / Orchestra, Tutoring/Mentoring, School Newspaper/Magazine/Journalism, School theater/plays
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College Application Essays

I was only four when I learned the importance of Nelson Mandela’s quote, “If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.” I grew up under the watchful gaze of my Russian grandparents. It was during this formative period that I developed the values I hold to this day, among which is the importance of multiculturalism and multilingualism. Up...









Supplemental Essay for UChicago: Unique question posed by school
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FOR UCHICAGO: ESSAY PROMPT: Choose a word, tell us what it means, and then explain why it cannot (or should not) be translated from its original language. Raising the issue of translatable versus untranslatable words is futile; new words should enter a language because of a cultural need to express a specific idea, not just because they can be translated from other languages. Terminology is always a function of development: when a new concept – be it tangible or intangible – enters...







Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
283 Words
FOR NYU: New York University provides its students with access to an international community that is unparalleled among institutions of higher education in the United States. When I visited earlier this year, I was astounded by the scope of the NYU study abroad programs – I look forward to the opportunity to take NYU courses at one of the eleven overseas campuses. That said, the New York campus – a microcosm of global culture and thought in and of itself – boasts a...





Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
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FOR CARNEGIE MELLON: For someone who does not get out of bed before reading the headlines of four carefully selected news networks, it is impossible not to come into contact with economic matters or foreign affairs. The 24-hour news cycle makes it possible to learn about these issues as they unfold. Having been so engrossed in current events for many years, I have a genuine passion for the disciplines of economics and international relations, and I look forward to studying...







Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
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FOR EMERSON COLLEGE HONORS PROGRAM: I grew up in a family that constantly watched the news. Essentially, it was the only form of entertainment I knew – and that was the issue. It was entertainment. Many years went by until I realized that what I was watching was actually happening somewhere. I remember an afternoon in 2008 when I was watching CNN footage of the immediate aftermath of an attack in the Gaza Strip and I was overcome by what I saw....







Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
94 Words
FOR TUFTS: Tufts gives its students phenomenal opportunities in the field of economics – one of my prospective majors. At Tufts, I would be able to choose between a major in economics and a major in quantitative economics From where I stand now, I am not sure if I want to pursue the theoretical side of economics or the mathematical one; if I were accepted to Tufts, I would have the opportunity to explore both before deciding. Tufts also has an...



Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
229 Words
FOR TUFTS: Great Neck, NY is a small town devoid of any small town charm. We pride ourselves on our clear and rigid socioeconomic divisions as well as our nonexistent sense of community. That said, I am grateful to Great Neck for all that it has brought to my attention. Essentially no one attends public school concerts, games, or events, and those that do venture out spend the time that their child is not on stage or on the field...





Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
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FOR TUFTS: Our society has unfortunately never succeeded in adequately protecting human rights. It would make me infinitely happy to see Russia pass gay rights legislation, or Syria end its oppression of women, or China grant its people freedom of speech. Unfortunately, it is virtually impossible for me to cause real change in the world. I can participate in these journeys only passively, being nothing more than an advocate and far from an activist. This reality frustrates me, but ultimately,...





Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
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FOR UCHICAGO: The University of Chicago’s educational philosophy is contingent upon the Core curriculum – a collection of required courses that provides students with a well-rounded education. I am enticed by the prospect of leaving UChicago having received world-class instruction not only in my major of choice but also across universal disciplines. I am confident that this could make me a more valuable asset to society and a more capable professional. From an academic perspective, the Core works to unite...





Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
308 Words
FOR WILLIAMS COLLEGE: I would love to participate in a tutorial alongside the esteemed journalist, Anderson Cooper. He is the epitome of today’s foreign correspondent, having traveled to and reported on everything from the Bosnian conflict of the nineties, to the famine in Somalia, to the Ukrainian civil war. While broadcast journalism is not necessarily the field I intend to pursue, Mr. Cooper is incredibly knowledgeable in the field of international relations – one of my prospective majors. I am...





Additional Essay Details:
1036 Words
The essay is perhaps the most feared component of any and all college applications. At least for me, it was. The difficulty of the essay lies in the subjective nature of its assessment. While you may be able to gain insight into a school’s admissions criteria from the statistics released on its website, there is no such thing as a “median essay!” You can find median GPA’s, SAT/ACT scores, and other quantitative measurements. Unfortunately, the essay is...















College Admissions Advice

Whether I used a private admissions counselor, and advice I received
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I had an amazing admissions counselor and I do not regret spending money on his services. He and I got along extremely well, and he provided me with the knowledge,...





5 adjectives that describe a typical student at my school (Feel free to elaborate!)
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Quirky, Intellectual,...





What I’d change about my application process
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I would apply to fewer safety schools. I let my parents scare me with their incessant "YOU BETTER GET IN SOMEWHERE." And I...





How to increase chances at my school
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Write a phenomenal essay if you want to get in to UChicago. They really value it, and they use it to get to know who you are. Be genuine, be truthful, and tell a good story. Obviously you...





Recommended summer activities during high school and college
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Don't go for activities that you think will look good. Do something you genuinely enjoy. This is super important because you...





My advice about getting recommenders
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You are one of many kids who will be asking their junior year teachers for recommendations. That will almost always be the case, but you can make the most of it. First of all, consider your teacher's well-being. Don't spring it on them the week it's due. Ask them if they would even consider writing you...





What might make for a good “Why Us” essay topic at my school
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UChicago is a school that has an unbelievable culture behind it. There is a tradition for every possible event, and the entire school participates. If you want to show the admissions committee that you've done your research you're much better off discussing one of these traditions (Scav, midnight...