College Admissions Info

katie.homa
katie.homa
Columbia University ‘17
BA, Business Management, Latin American Studies, Sustainability Studies

Profile Overview

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

Student Background

Hello! I am a freshman at Columbia University in New York City! I love it here, and I'm sure you will too!
From: Las Cruces , New Mexico
Gender: Female
Race/Ethnicity: Hispanic, White Non-Hispanic
Legacy: No
Admission: Regular Decision
Applied To: 12 schools
Accepted At: Columbia, Georgetown, Bates, Middlebury, Dartmouth, Brown, Bowdoin, New Mexico, NMSU
Denied At:
Waitlisted At:
Is English First Language: Yes
Other Language(s) Spoken: Portuguese, Spanish

Test Scores

1950
SAT
30
ACT
Highest SAT: 1950
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High School Performance

4.20
GPA
Top 1%
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High School Type: Public
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Academic Performance in High School: Steady

Extracurriculars & Awards

Sports: Track & Field
Extracurricular Activities: 4-H, Local Orchestra / Symphony / Band, National Honor Society, Rotary Club, Students Against Drunk Driving (Destructive Decisions) (SADD), Debate Club/Team
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College Application Essays

Personal Statement: One moment that changed you
894 Words
I always thought that I was somewhat of a go-getter. Entering contests for scholarships, studying for the SAT, selling my old clothes to buy new ones…I considered myself a girl who really valued ambition and embodied it to the fullest. So as I was watching a small boy spread some paint on a piece of tile in the rainy city of Porto de Galinhas, Brasil, I didn’t really think anything spectacular about it. Just a little boy trying...













Supplemental Essay: Diversity statement
262 Words
Columbia's "describe-a-significant-event-and-explain-why-it-stuck-with-you" prompt: With as much broken English as she could manage, Amartaivan, like a daily alarm clock, would quiver with excitement. "Tomorrow...we to go Mother Tree." I smiled and nodded, but I wouldn't understand until the next day as she coaxed me onto a questionable bus for a curious adventure. As we clattered along, I watched the landscape change from luscious greenery, to dusty, barren wasteland. I hobbled out of the vehicle and was given matches, milk, and...





Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
320 Words
Columbia App: For a girl who has never eaten a Sabrett’s hot dog, seen the Empire State Building in person, or been to a Yankees game, New York just seems like an unattainable daydream…not a place I could actually attend school. I have always fantasized life as a ‘New Yorka’, being able to live it rather than through the vicarious experiences of Seinfeld and Alicia Keys. But more important than all the stereotypical wonders of the area, is...





Supplemental Essay: Amusing anecdote
299 Words
Columbia's "Why-are-you-interested-in-your-field-of-study" question (I changed my mind on what my major would be once I got in college, but I was interested in Optometry when I first applied). When I was little I remember filing into my mom’s mini-van and excitedly going to the eye doctor. Dr. Bowers was such a friendly guy, and though I never understood exactly what he did, I was always interested. He would bring out the intricate glasses and ask me, “Better? Can you...





Supplemental Essay: Issue of personal significance
725 Words
Georgetown School of Foreign Service Essay: The jungle is a place where living things flourish. Dart frogs scurry, their blue and black speckled backs flash across the jungle floor. Somewhere nearby a hoatzin bird sings for his mate. The hot, Brazilian sun peeks through the elephant-ear sized leaves. They become parasols for the various creatures beneath. The sound of the rippling river echoes through the forest. A piranha bobs above the water in pursuit of its smaller, unfortunate prey. A...











Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
757 Words
Bates' "Respond to a particular part of our mission statement and why you wish to come here for that reason" essay: Mission Statement: "Since 1855, Bates College has been dedicated to the emancipating potential of the liberal arts. Bates educates the whole person through creative and rigorous scholarship in a collaborative residential community. With ardor and devotion - Amore ac Studio - we engage the transformative power of our differences, cultivating intellectual discovery and informed civic action. Preparing leaders sustained by...











College Admissions Advice

Why I ultimately chose my school
84 Words
Columbia is the most diverse Ivy League school. I felt that, because I was from New Mexico, I would feel like a minority, but what I love about Columbia is that everyone is a "minority," which, in a sense, makes none us minorities. This institution prides itself in choosing students from different backgrounds and perspectives. That's why I chose Columbia:...



Whether I used a private admissions counselor, and advice I received
83 Words
I had a counselor at my school that knew some of the admissions officers. Even when she did not know them, she would email them. I would not recommend emailing an admissions officer yourself, but rather, find a counselor that can sell you well. Find someone in an authority position to represent you and gush about you to these schools. ...



List of schools I interviewed with and my interview experience
52 Words
Ivy League schools generally do not do interviews. I did, however, interview with Bates and Bowdoin. From my experience, the interviewers are really nice, and they try their best to make you feel comfortable. Do NOT be afraid to sell yourself, though. It's important that you promote yourself as well as possible.

How to increase chances at my school
179 Words
Each institution has different flavor--a certain type of person they are looking for. Columbia really likes students that have a broader view of the world (and I don't just mean travel experiences, even though that's what I wrote about). A lot of my friends wrote about being a second generation Chinese, Russian, Pakistani, [other nationality], etc. in the United States. ...





My extracurricular activities in college, and why I chose them
46 Words
This year I was an event planner for (CCSC) Columbia College Student Council 2017. We hosted over 8 events that I had to plan. I am also a soprano in the Columbia University Gospel Choir, and the Treasurer of the LDSSA (Latter Day Saint Students Association) on campus.