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How I got into Dartmouth (Interview 7)

Updated: Dec 30, 2019

Stats

SAT: 1550 (790 Math, 760 Reading)

ACT: 36 (36 English, 36 Math, 36 Reading, 36 Science)

GPA: 3.93

Rank in Class: 3

Size of Class: 271

Ap's Taken: Chemistry, Physics Mechanics, Physics Electricity and Magnetism, AB Calculus, BC Calculus, Environmental Science, Biology, American History, Statistics, Computer Science, English Language, English Literature, Macroeconomics, Microeconomics.


Extracurriculars

  • I was on my schools theater production team from my freshman year through to my senior year

  • I was on my schools science olympiad team from my freshman year through to my senior year

  • I was the lead editor of my schools newspaper during my sophomore and junior years


Personal Story

"This might sound pretty pretentious, but I wasn't that thrilled when I got into Dartmouth because I really wanted to get into Harvard and was pretty butt-hurt when I didn't get in while friend of mine did.


I love Dartmouth though. It's a beautiful place with super smart, interesting, and amazing people. I'm glad I'm here and wouldn't want to go anywhere else if given the option."


Useful Advice

"Something I wish I knew was that however long I thought something would take it would usually take double that time.


For example, I gave myself 6 months to complete everything; 3 months to write the essays, get my letters of recommendations, and then 3 months to double check everything. It took me days under 6 months to complete the things I thought I could get done in 3. Worst of all, I was still rushing to complete everything with one week left to go.


To anyone thinking of applying, start thinking about this early. Preferably right after winter break of your Junior year. Ask your teachers for the recommendations early, and remind them repeatedly, so that they'll have no problem getting that to you by the deadline. On top of that, sketch out some ideas for your essay so that you don't have to start from scratch and can just refine your ideas over the summer.


If you can start early you'll save yourself so much stress and headache."


Dartmouth Undergraduate, Class of 2023


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