I’ll introduce myself a bit first:
Chinese American female from a mid range public school in the SF Bay Area
3.9 unweighted GPA, 4.2 weighted GPA
1580 SAT, top 10th decile rank
Activities: President of Model UN Club, Secretary of Satire Journalism Club, varsity badminton, studio art and illustration (placed in competitions), volunteer at Samaritan House free medical clinic
Awards: National Merit Semifinalist, AP Scholar w Distinction, Presidential Volunteer Service Award Gold (500+ hrs service)
Schools I’m applying to: Tufts, Wash U, Northwestern, Vassar, Swarthmore, Scripps
I’m currently in the process of drafting my personal statement, for which I’ve decided to write about my summer internship. I interned at a preclinical research company which conducted animal studies to test medical devices. In short, it was a company that practices animal testing — a highly controversial topic. While my essay will definitely not include a pro-animal testing argument, it will describe what I experienced and witnessed in detail that may be uncomfortable for some people. My essay is about my ability to consider multiple perspectives/beliefs and adapt quickly to new situations, as well as my journey from a protester of animal testing to someone who wants to educate people about misconceptions of animal testing. This essay will illustrate my thought process and demonstrate many positive traits of mine as well as what I learned; however, is the topic of animal testing too controversial to write about to the point that it will hurt my chances?