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How I got into Yale (Interview 2)


SAT: 1540 (750 Math, 790 Reading)

ACT: 35 (36 English, 35 Math, 36 Reading, 34 Science)

GPA: 3.98

Rank in Class: 1

Size of Class: 347

AP's Taken: English Language, Spanish Language, English Literature, American History, Word History, Government and Politics (Comparative), Government and Politics (US), European History, AB Calculus


  • I was the Track and Field captain in my Junior and Senior years

  • I played varsity soccer from my sophomore through to my senior year

  • I was the president of class from my freshman year through to my senior year

Personal Story

"It was a long-shot and I honestly have no idea how I pulled it off.

Honestly though, the first couple things I did after getting in was post it all over snapchat and update my instagram bio. Looking back on it I see how it could have been a little pretentious, but I was more excited and hyped up than trying to flex on everyone.

I kind of new I had a shot, and that I had a decent chance to get in, but actually getting in was a whole different animal."

Useful Advice

"Something I learned that hard way is to not take advice from too many people. When I was writing my essay I took advice from everyone on how to improve this section here and that section there to the point where my essay completely lost my voice and became an amalgamation of other people's ideas, not my own.

After doing that for a month and becoming annoyed with the end product, I decided to scrap all the adviceI didn't agree with and focus only the things that resonated with me. That ended up creating an amazing product which really showed off who I was and what I had to offer.

I'd tell anyone applying to listen to themselves when they're applying and only do things which make sense to them. In general, your gut kind of knows what to do. If your gut likes a portion of your essay, or thinks that the essay is perfect as it is, leave it. Follow your gut, it usually makes the right decision."

Yale Undergraduate, Class of 2023

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