I posted this in the UCLA thread already, but as I’m applying here I feel obligated to post this here, too:
hey all! I’ll throw my information on here, hopefully, I can help some people once results do come out on what these schools are looking for!
Intended Major: Political Science (English or Philosophy second choice)
Degrees: Political Science AA-T, UC Transfer Pathway for Political Science (not a degree but helps)
State: California (in-state)
School Type: CC
GPA: 4.00 (still have winter & spring semester to go)
TAP Certified? No, not eligible.
Income Bracket: Middle
Hooks: Scholars Student, First Gen, Deans List (at the end of Fall which is in a couple of weeks), went from 1.3 in February to 4.0 in November
ECs: Teachers Assistant for an English Professor, Writing & Humanities Tutor, California State Assembly Award Recipient (a state-wide award given by Assemblymembers for exemplary service), acting student at a studio in Los Angeles, volunteered with a Skid Row assistance program pre-COVID, freelance politics writer on Medium, volunteered intermittently with LA Food Bank over COVID
Job/Work Experience: Was hired at 15 at a restaurant as a server and promoted to a trainer at 16, and 18 to a manager for the most successful (sales-wise) location in the company. Stayed full-time (40-45 hrs/wk) until COVID hit. I helped develop company-wide training programs for new and cross-training employees, along with my managerial duties. I also worked a second job during 2019 as a reservationist for a fine-dining establishment in Downtown L.A. For a while, I was working 60-65 hours a week to support myself. I was not in school during this time, though, cause I’m not sure how that’s even humanly possible.
Strengths: truthfully a bit unsure, but I would think my extensive managerial experience would be a plus. Additionally, the way I have maximized my time during COVID (taking acting classes, starting a freelance writing page, going to school full-time, and tutoring other students) could be a plus. My strong suit is writing, but I’ve found the PIQ’s a bit harder than expected as talking about myself so much is pretty difficult for me. Currently getting them reviewed so I can revise accordingly and make them stronger.
Where am I applying? A ridiculous amount of schools (need to fulfill my ego and see where I can get into), but my tops are: UCLA, UCB, Columbia, Barnard, NYU, Dartmouth, Yale, and Georgetown.