College Admissions Info

Pauline H.
Pauline H.
University of Southern California ‘15
BA, Biology and Biological Sciences, Psychology

Profile Overview

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

Student Background

I am an undergraduate pre-medical student at the University of Southern California majoring in Health & Humanity with an emphasis in Health and the Mind.
From: Fountain Valley , California
Gender: Female
Race/Ethnicity: Asian
Legacy: Parent
Admission: Regular Decision, Early Action
Applied To: 8 schools
Accepted At: UCLA, UCSD, UC Irvine, UC Berkeley, USC, Cornell, U of Houston
Denied At:
Waitlisted At:
Withdrew From:
Is English First Language: No
Other Language(s) Spoken: Vietnamese, Spanish

Test Scores

2260
SAT
Highest SAT: 2260
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High School Performance

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

Extracurriculars & Awards

Extracurricular Activities: National Honor Society, Academic Decathlon, Spanish Club, Math Team
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College Application Essays

People claim that high school is the most memorable time of one’s life. However, the past four years have hardly been memorable; in fact, they have been the haziest years yet. For most of my peers, high school has become a second home, fondly called Baron Country. To me, it is a factory where the next batch of undergraduates are assembled, packaged, and shipped to various colleges and universities throughout the United States. For the past four years, I...









Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
383 Words
I have always found myself stuck in the middle when it comes to academic interests. Simply put, I love both the sciences and the language arts. These dual passions have gradually led to an interest in psychology and human behavior. What I love about psychology is that it is both objective and subjective. For example, abnormal behavior may be explained in terms of hormone imbalances, but such an answer isn’t always helpful or satisfying; studying the biological causes of...







Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
525 Words
I had not always loved the humanities. In fact, my passion has always been with the sciences. Ever since I was four, I wanted to become a doctor. In school, I hungered to learn everything from animals to planets. Then, I met my seventh grade English teacher. Known for her critical eye and fervent use of red ink, Mrs. Schwafaty-Carrier had her students write papers ranging from narratives to literary analyses. Through these assignments, writing became another passion. With her...









Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
523 Words
I had not always loved the humanities. In fact, my passion has always been with the sciences. Ever since I was four, I wanted to become a doctor. In school, I hungered to learn everything from animals to planets. Then, I met my seventh grade English teacher. Known for her critical eye and fervent use of red ink, Mrs. Schwafaty-Carrier had her students write papers ranging from narratives to literary analyses. Through these assignments, writing became another passion. With her...









Supplemental Essay: Strong beliefs/principles
364 Words
I will always remember my eleventh grade AP Art History teacher. I will not remember her because of what she taught, but rather how she taught. By refusing to let her students know their test scores, Mrs. Silvertooth showed me that learning should be about the knowledge and not the grade. When she first explained her teaching philosophy, I thought it was her way of saying, “You’re going to fail. Get over it.” It had felt like a slap...







Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
382 Words
Hi Janice! I’m Pauline and from SoCal. I love pastel colors and dark hues, sweet crepes, and writing. My birthday is on November 4th (hint hint), and I spend my time blogging, working with crafts such as polymer clay, and fangirling (no, it’s not a word, but it’s in the Urban Dictionary, so I’m using it). You’re probably thinking that I’m a real bubbly kind of girl—a social butterfly. Let’s bust that...







Supplemental Essay: Issue of personal significance
350 Words
Writing matters to me. It shaped my character, personality, and aspirations. I did not grow up with a love for writing. In fact, my passions have always been with the sciences. Ever since I was four, I wanted to become a doctor. In school, I hungered to learn everything from animals to planets. Then, I met my seventh grade English teacher. Known for her critical eye and abundant use of red ink, Mrs. Schwafaty-Carrier had her students write constantly. With...





Additional Essay Details:
38 Words
I loved to write about what made me choose a school, or my passion for writing. It narrowed down my application to put it in clear focus, which (I hope) made me more memorable to the admissions committee.

College Admissions Advice

Whether I used a private admissions counselor, and advice I received
1 Words
Nope.

List of schools I interviewed with and my interview experience
29 Words
Find a passion, and remember to explain how you hope to contribute to the school. Remember, you want them for your personal gain; explain why they should want you!

Whether I took out loans or applied for scholarships, and my advice
39 Words
I didn't like Fastweb because the competition was always either too intense, or didn't match me perfectly. I would look into the local papers or the high school's career center. Local scholarships mean less competition, which means greater chances!

What might make for a good “Why Us” essay topic at my school
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I was looking for a very specific major--one that combined biology and psychology--but didn't want to double-major. I also wanted an institution that supported engaging lectures, seminars, and extracurricular opportunities. USC provided me with everything I wanted!