Hi! I’m still coping and I know why (thinking stats) but I thought my extracurriculars and essays would make up for subpar stats. Here I go with my profile…
- Domestic student
- live in a relatively competitive county, mainly stem focused though
- public school
- seeking aid, income around 120k
- 3.86UW GPA
- 11 APs (including senior year)
- 4.52 weighted GPA
- 1440 SAT (test optional some places and submitted some other places)
1.3 mil followers on tiktok where I post study tips and productivity motivation. Worked with major brands like Grammarly, pentel, vera Bradley, photomath, etc. signed with an agency. (9-12)
future business leaders of America. Secretary soph year, pres jr year, fundraising chair senior year. Went to nationals 10, 11, and 12. State champ last year. (9-12)
speech and debate. extemporaneous speaking and original oratory competitor. captain 11 and 12 grade. 3x national bids, multiple medals. (10-12)
law firm internship summer before jr year. Assisted paralegals and attorneys with insurance contacting and basic law firm stuff.
county wide student council. LAC committee member sophomore year, Vice President junior year, creator of my own mentorship committee and chair for that committee. Speak for and lead all middle and HS student in my county (58,000+). (10-12).
board member and financial literacy instructor of a women in investment NPO. (11-12)
video engagement and marketing intern for an NPO that aims to help students navigate resources for post secondary plans. (10-12)
executive student government school board. Raise money for fundraisers, plan homecoming, chosen as 1 of 12 students to serve from the school. (10-12)
mock trial. Served as a witness and attorney, became captain my senior year. (10-12)
creator of small organization outside of school where I hosted panels and workshops to promote the field of business within women. (11-12)
- my grandmother passed away suddenly my junior year and my dad works most of the day so I had to take care of my brother who is in elementary school because my mom had to go to india for a month which slightly influencer my grades (I lost my 4.0) so I wrote about that
- after apps were submitted I was hired as a paid marketing and social media lead by a restaurant holding company in my area for three restaurants to create content and work on promotional items
- I sort of included this in the extracurricular portion but they were all from FBLA and speech and debate.
I completed research under a program in my district on government welfare reform. I compiled a 35 page synthesis paper and received a 100% on it. I submitted the abstract a couple places.
University of Pennsylvania ED (reject)
Uchicago (EA, defer, reject)
UMD EA (accepted + scholars program)
Ivies (all reject)
University of Michigan (reject)
New York University (reject)
UNC Chapel Hill (waitlisted)
Barnard College of Columbia (waitlisted)
Boston University (waitlisted)
George Washington University (accepted with a merit presidential scholarship of 22k a year)
Final thoughts + essay:
I wrote my common app essay about how I hated the sound of my voice and I turned to pens and stationery as a sanctuary. I began my TikTok account by posting simplistic videos without my voice but after gathering the courage to include my voice in a TikTok, my following base grew exponentially and I was helping thousands of students. I discussed how I was able to help others and realize my voice was a powerful tool on social media but it also allowed me to find my place in the business world and academically.
I’m disappointed to say the least, especially given how I’ve dreamed about this for years. I’ll be choosing UMD as it’s in state and essentially free for at least a year. I’m going to 100% transfer. I regret not applying to some schools like USC, northwestern, UC berkeley, georgetown, etc. but I can apply next year.