College Admissions Info

monoclediscounters
monoclediscount
University of Virginia ‘18
BA, Computer Science

Profile Overview

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

Student Background

Computer Science Student coming from an All Girls Prep School
From: Falls Church , Virginia
Gender: Female
Race/Ethnicity: White Non-Hispanic, Prefer Not to Share
Legacy: Both Parents, Grandparent, Sibling, Other Family Member
Admission: Regular Decision
Applied To: 9 schools
Accepted At: UVA, GA Tech, UC Davis, UCSC, Northeastern
Denied At:
Waitlisted At:
Withdrew From:
Is English First Language: Yes

Test Scores

31
ACT
Highest SAT: 0
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High School Performance

3.60
GPA
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High School Type: Boarding
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Academic Performance in High School: Steady
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Extracurriculars & Awards

Sports: Volleyball, Rowing (Crew), Track & Field
Extracurricular Activities: Gay/Straight Alliance, Tutoring/Mentoring
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College Application Essays

Personal Statement: Creative personal story
417 Words
Waking up at 5AM to go to study on test days: the highlight of my junior year. Disguising a study session as "getting coffee with a friend" helped me look forward to three hours of studying biology. I rushed to get ready to meet my dorm-mate and fellow biology victim, Justine. We departed through the silent campus for Starbucks which, thankfully, opened at 5:30AM on weekdays, providing us with the perfect setting to realize we did not understand the summary...







Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
22 Words
University of Virginia: “What work of art, music, science, mathematics, or literature has surprised, unsettled, or challenged you, and in what way?”

Supplemental Essay: Strong beliefs/principles
33 Words
University of Virginia: "The Honor Code at UVa. states that students will not lie, cheat, or steal. This strengthens our Community of Trust. What would you add to the Honor Code and why?"

Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
51 Words
University of Chicago: "In a famous quote by José Ortega y Gasset, the Spanish philosopher proclaims, "Yo soy yo y mi circunstancia" (1914). José Quintans, master of the Biological Sciences Collegiate Division at the University of Chicago, sees it another way: "Yo soy yo y mi microbioma" (2012). You are you and your…?"

Additional Essay Details:
1054 Words
1. The video game Shadow of the Colossus challenged me to explore the ethical gray area between good and evil. The game invites the player to interpret the character’s actions both ways: the protagonist knowingly released an evil god to revive a girl, the evil god fulfilled his promise to revive her, and the girl herself, who was just a dormant neutral figure throughout the game, chooses to raise a cursed child. The decisions the characters make initially appear selfish...















College Admissions Advice

Recommended summer activities during high school and college
38 Words
If you know what you want to do/study in college, do everything you can to find summer internships that relate to it! There are high school internships, you just need to be driven enough to find them!

What set me apart from other applicants
76 Words
Instead of just trying to take every single difficult class I could, I instead built my schedule in a way that demonstrated my love of computer science. I used my free time to run a blog and teach myself some programming, and instead of taking all of the hard history classes, I instead took regular and did computer science electives....



Whether I used a private admissions counselor, and advice I received
151 Words
My school's counselor was not very helpful for me since I knew I specifically wanted to study computer science, but she usually helped people who did not know what they wanted to study. I used a private college counselor because my aunt was one, so it was free for me. She helped pick what schools to look at so I...



What I’d change about my application process
104 Words
I did not take the standardized testing as seriously as I should have. I was a very strong applicant in every other regard, but my test scores would vary immensely. While I can never know for sure, I think that I closed a few doors due to my test scores. I could have fixed it, but I always made excuses...



How I chose schools to apply to
87 Words
I knew what I wanted to major, and thus could search each departments' rankings. I would weed through the list of top computer science schools based off of things I knew I wanted, such as location, type(urban, sub-urban, rural), private or public, size, and so on. From there I researched the schools through their website and if I was...