How Being a First-Generation College Student Affects your Application

Recorded Wednesday, July 27, 2022 at 11:00 PM

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About this livestream

Description

The college search is difficult for all, but different circumstances present unique challenges for each applicant. It can feel confusing and overwhelming to craft a higher education plan, but with proper guidance, the process can be as fun as it is enriching.

Join Sophie Alina as she covers how being a first-generation college student will impact your application —and how it can help you stand out and highlight your strengths!

The session will be interactive, so you'll be able to ask questions via our chat forum and Sophie will provide you with answers and personalized guidance live!

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Sophie Alina

Education
B.A. Math, Vanderbilt University, Cornelius Vanderbilt Scholar | SMU M.Ed. | Vanderbilt Ph.D student
Bio
I am a Vanderbilt Ph.D. student and Russell Hamilton Scholar at the Peabody College of Education and Human Development. As an Applications Consultant, I have collaborated with students to gain Ivy League acceptances, full-tuition scholarships, and admission into top-choice schools. I have limited new openings for December and January, so get a new session with me ASAP! I'm excited to work with you.

As a teacher for three years, I have worked with over 400 elementary, middle, and high school students, giving me the skills to break down difficult topics into organized steps and work with students with a variety of learning differences and skills. As a graduate student and Master of Education graduate, I not only have strong writing chops, but also the ability to teach these skills to the students I work with. One Harvard professor said that the opening to my Ph.D. personal statement was one of the best introductions they had ever read.

In high school, my Indian mother inspired me to pursue academics and music. I was valedictorian, a National Merit Scholar, and won third place in my category in the Texas State Science Fair. I also founded a math club at my elementary school. For three years, I did research at my local university. In the summers, I was accepted into highly selective research opportunities. I was also an avid violinist. My passions for research, music, and math are all part of my journey today.

After being awarded three full-tuition scholarships, I attended Vanderbilt on a full-tuition merit-based scholarship as a Cornelius Vanderbilt Scholar. There, I majored in mathematics and received Honors in the College of Arts & Sciences and graduated as a Top 20 Outstanding Senior. As a former premed student (I plan to pursue my M.D. after the completion of my Ph.D.), math major, violin performance minor, and social science researcher, I have a strong interdisciplinary foundation. This background enables me to effectively work with students to blend complex ideas with personal experiences to create compelling essays. I am extremely excited to use my experience as an applications consultant, teacher, and student to help you create a competitive application that shows how amazing you truly are. I cannot wait to work with you! Schedule a $50 30-minute consultation (40% discount!!!) via https://tinyurl.com/sd1530, select a package, or send in an essay for review, and you’ll hear back from me soon.

Also, please note: Many of my students I taught are from low-income contexts. If this applies to you, please go ahead and message me about a 30-minute consultation. We can talk about how best to navigate the college admissions process! I am a big believer in the accessibility of four-year universities to low-income students (especially first-generation low-income students), and would love to help you out. Several of my students who are first-gen, low-income students have received full-tuition scholarships to the schools of their dreams. I am looking forward to meeting you!
Specialties
PsychologySociologyEducationChemistryBiologyHealthMath

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