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How I got into Princeton (Interview 11)

Stats

  • SAT: 1590 (800 Math, 790 Reading)

  • ACT: 36 (36 English, 36 Math, 35 Reading, 36 Science)

  • GPA: 3.96

  • Rank in Class: 2

  • Size of Class: 413

  • AP's Taken: Biology, Physics Mechanics, Physics Electromagnetism, AB Calculus, BC Calculus, American History, World History, Statistics, Computer Science, Chemistry, English Language, English Literature

Extracurriculars

  • I participated in my school's Literature club, debate team and its DECA team for all four years of High School

  • I played Volleyball in freshman and sophomore years and Basketball from my sophomore year until my senior year where I became captain of the team

Short Personal Story

"That's actually a pretty interesting story. When I first checked I thought I had been rejected. I don't know if I was hallucinating or not, but I swear that I thought I had been rejected. I wasn't too bummed out, pretty much shrugged it off and was pretty whatever with it and was going to decide between Penn and Colombia.


A couple days pass by and something gets sent in the mail and my mom asks me about it. I told her that they rejected me so I don't know why they would be sending anything at all. I said that it was probably a glitch and that they probably didn't mean to send it.


Then, later that week in school, the guidance counselors called me in to discuss the schools I got into so that they could put it in the yearbook for 'college day.' I told them all the schools I got into and then they looked up puzzled and said that I was missing one. I recounted the schools and I cam up with 8, but they were insisting that the system said 9. So, I opened up my computer and checked and checked the Princeton portal again and, what do you know, I actually did end up getting in."


Useful Advice

"To be honest, the only useful advice I have would be to google a bunch of things. I'm pretty sure I learned more about how to write and complete my essay, supplemental and the SAT from google, blogs and educational sites than school. If you go online, there are a bunch of people who give tips and tricks on my to write a better essay. better supplementals and can pretty much give you all the information you need.


Beyond that, there are also a bunch of of other sites with coaches and stuff who can help you weed through the process of figuring out what you need to do on your own and I'd say that that's a big help."


Princeton Undergraduate, Class of 2023


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