PERSONAL UNIVERSITY APPLICATION EXPERIENCE

Schools Accepted Into:

Claremont McKenna College, University of Southern California, Duke, UC Berkeley, UCLA, Boston College, Northwestern University, McGill University, University of Toronto, UBC, Ivey School of Business

WHAT COLLEGES SEEK

Colleges seek high-qualified candidates who have a diverse set of experiences and original perspectives and opinions that set themselves apart from others.

Palin

Claremont McKenna College

Major: Economics (BA); Finance (Masters)

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AREAS OF EXPERTISE IN COLLEGE

I majored in Economics and completed a 1 year Master’s program in Finance. While in college, I interned with companies in a variety of different industries, including technology, financial services, investment banking and NGO / nonprofits. I also spent one year (2 semesters) off campus, first through the Silicon Valley Program, where students interned for 40 hours while taking a full course load at the Google campus in CA, and second in Granada, a beautiful medieval college town in southern Spain. Back on campus, I was involved with a multitude of different extracurricular activities, including the College Ballroom Dance Company, working as a facilities / training room attendant, a research assistant, as well as providing guidance as an international admissions counsellor.

COLLEGE ACTIVITIES

  • Claremont ESL tutoring association (for dining hall staff )

  • International mentor

  • Claremont Colleges Ballroom Dance Company

  • Silicon Valley Program Attendee

  • Host at the Athenaeum (local college restaurant)

  • Training room manager

COLLEGE ACCESS CONSULTING EXPERIENCE

I have helped several candidates through the college application process, including family friends and relatives. I have assisted with assessing proficiency across core competencies (Critical Reading, Writing, Math), essay writing, and test-taking strategies (ACT, SAT II, APs etc), as well as provided guidance for fit with American college culture, which clubs / activities to be involved in on campus, and networking best practices for college internships.

UNIQUE HIGH SCHOOL EXPERIENCES

I attended a small, all-boys high school that helped to shape my ideals, beliefs and experiences going into college and beyond. I played on many sports teams, including basketball, rugby, track and field, rowing, volleyball, and badminton, which taught me about the importance of teamwork, mental toughness and developing a good work ethic. I was also involved with MUN, the business club, economics club, and volunteering initiatives across my school. My attendance at these clubs undoubtedly spurred my interest in economics / finance, culminating with my undergrad major choice and graduate school selection.

HIGH SCHOOL ACTIVITIES

  • Model United Nations

  • Business Club

  • Economics Club

  • Basketball & Rugby

  • Track and Field

  • Rowing

  • Volleyball & Badminton

Palin loves to dance, ski, golf, travel, play basketball… and help you get into college!