elle2020
elle2020,
Brown ‘20
B.A., Economics
Just another girl finally through the college apps rat race. I'm happy to share with you what I did to get through it! Currently I'm pre-law and possibly majoring in Public Policy.
Features Included
11
Essays
14
Schools
8
Scores
22
Advice
9
ECs
1
Sports

Background

Hometown Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
GenderFemale
EthnicityWhite Non-Hispanic
AdmissionRegular Decision
First Gen College StudentNo
English First Language Yes
Other Language(s) Spoken Arabic, German, Spanish, Italian

Results, Essays, and Advice

Accepted
Waitlisted or Withdrew
Denied
  • Brown University (Providence, RI)
  • University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA)
  • Wellesley College (Wellesley, MA)
  • Kenyon College (Gambier, OH)
  • Mount Holyoke College (South Hadley, MA)
  • Pomona College (Claremont, CA)
  • Harvard University (Cambridge, MA)
  • Yale University (New Haven, CT)
  • Princeton University (Princeton, NJ)
  • Dartmouth College (Hanover, NH)
  • Amherst College (Amherst, MA)
  • Swarthmore College (Swarthmore, PA)
  • Bowdoin College (Brunswick, ME)
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Brown University (Providence, RI)

Applied for a B.A. in Economics

Accepted and Enrolled Legacy: No

School Specific Essays

"Are you a member of the Amish Mafia?" A classmate once asked after I told her I was Mennonite. "Do you not use electricity?" Another student quickly speculated. "No," I sighed. In this instance, as is commonplace, my disclosure was met with looks of puzzlement, and then a response along the lines of, "but you don't seem like the rest of them." Throughout my life, I have heard the whole gamut of possible retorts to the statement of my religion. ...
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Personal Statement
571 Words
Childhood memory
Sometimes I think about how each carved wooden piece has smoothed out over the years. The pawns’ heads are worn flat, each bishop’s hat no longer points skyward, and the knights’ manes are now shiny and sleek. I like to think about that movement, sometimes quick and effortless when you have pondered the right move, but sometimes slow with hesitation. The uncertainty of the game, and the confidence that comes with strategic tactics, each contributed to the shapes of...
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Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
103 Words
(Brown) As I walked along the paths of College Green after hearing my tour guide rant about Brown's incredibly intellectual, diverse student body, I was surrounded by an undeniable awareness that Brown felt like it could be home. With a plethora of academic options further broadened by the New Curriculum, Brown offers an academic philosophy that encourages exploration and breadth of study. It still amazes me that all this is available at an institution that prioritizes undergraduates and allows them...
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Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
412 Words
(Brown) Describe an extracurricular activity: For now going on three years, room 207 has been home to the Cauldron Literary Magazine. To those who call themselves "pen masters", this small ten by ten box has been home to the sweet aroma of chocolate chip cookies on reading days and the thundering rhythm of slam poetry on Wordy Wednesdays. More than anything else, one thing stays constant in 207 from week to week: the presence of laughter. Whether we are bustling to meet...
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Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
514 Words
(Brown) Describe your projected area of study: I have found that there is something utterly stimulating about the Arabic language. As I develop a paragraph, my pen dancing with the curves of the calligraphy and script, a plethora of thoughts pop into my mind. Over and over again I wonder about the history, the politics, the religion of Islam, and the linguistics of this gracefully complex language. I find that I want to grasp the answers; I want to consume...
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Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
822 Words
(Brown) Where you have lived & for how long: Collecting squirmy pill bugs and rusty bottle caps I grew up under the shade of a forsythia bush on Regent Square in Philadelphia, PA. I lived in the dry, barren soil, and my treasures accumulated in haphazard piles along our crumbling brick stoop. As my front yard excavation slowed and the trophies became scarcer, whisperings of a large move danced through the narrow hallways of my small row home. The first trip...
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Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
105 Words
(Brown) Describe your community: We call ourselves ohana; we call ourselves family. We jokingly remark that we run the same software, somehow internally synced to each other's emotions and thoughts. Stress trickles away as we play cards in the library and exchange anecdotes in the hallways. I once was shy, but now I have been transformed by their kindness into someone who actively tries to build community and bring people together. It only took five teenagers, falling together by chance,...
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Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
833 Words
(Penn) Why Penn? I have found that there is something utterly stimulating about the Arabic language. As I develop a paragraph, my pen dancing with the curves of the calligraphy and script, I wonder about the history, the politics, the religion of Islam, and the linguistics of this gracefully complex language. I find that I want to grasp the answers; I want to consume knowledge of this tongue's origins, culture, and significance. I want to study at an institution that...
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Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
623 Words
(Wellesley) Why Wellesley? Below: (Swarthmore) The most inspiring woman in my life has always been my mother. When I was younger, I thought that her urge to help others was the societal norm. As I grew, I strived to follow in her path, engaging with people and communities in any way I could. I was fortunate for this passion to take me from planning arts classes for local youth to playing cards with seniors to building bathrooms in Ecuador to...
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Supplemental Essay: Diversity statement
1026 Words
(Harvard) Anything else? Below: (Macalester) Family Essay When I first met Mursal, I only saw the surface: bright, eager eyes, a wide smile, and an insatiable hunger for knowledge in and outside of the classroom. I did not comprehend the magnitude of her journey. "I am fortunate to be here today," Mursal told me once, long after we had met. "I could have so easily been one of the bodies lying on the red streets of Quetta." When I was...
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Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
623 Words
(Bowdoin) Common Good Essay Below: (Pomona) Create a class essay The most inspiring woman in my life has always been my mother. When I was younger, I thought that her urge to help others was the societal norm. As I grew, I strived to follow in her path, engaging with people and communities in any way I could. I was fortunate for this passion to take me from planning arts classes for local youth to playing cards with seniors to...
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School Specific Advice

5 adjectives that describe a typical student at my school (Feel free to elaborate!)
1122 Words
Intellectual, Friendly, Quirky, Easygoing, Passionate Here is some general information about Brown: 1/2 - class size varies quite a bit. Seminars tend to be small (under 20) and non STEM courses tend to be seminars. It's pretty easy to get into seminar style classes for non stem classes. Lectures vary in size. Intro courses are big. My CS courses are 100+ people. Econ is massive. Like 500 people, it's insane. Besides neuro 10 and econ 101 you won't be in things more than 120 students (who regularly show up to lecture) Overall I am not bothered by class size I am currently in 2 classes under 20 people, and 1...
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What I now know about my school that I never would have known prior to enrolling
136 Words
Do not apply Early Decision if you need financial aid! I almost applied ED, but pulled out at the last second. I am so glad I did. Brown gave me more than $25k less a year than UPenn. Under my...
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What I’d change about my application process
86 Words
I would have studied for standardized tests! My scores were ok, but I know they probably kept me out of the running for Yale and Princeton....
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Whether I used a private admissions counselor, and advice I received
63 Words
I did not use a private counselor. Instead, I educated myself about the process. My knowledge became my...
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My advice about getting recommenders
45 Words
Pick people that you know WELL. I picked one teacher who I had been...
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Why I ultimately chose my school
86 Words
For me, it came down to Brown and Wellesley. Penn was quickly eliminated because I didn't like the pre-professional vibe. Wellesley stayed as a front-runner because...
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How to increase chances at my school
10 Words
Be unique! Be...
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List of schools I interviewed with and my interview experience
53 Words
I interviewed for all my schools except Amherst and Macalester. All of my interviews went pretty...
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What set me apart from other applicants
32 Words
I really tried to set myself apart by 1) emphasizing my...
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Whether I took out loans or applied for scholarships, and my advice
129 Words
I tried to apply for scholarships. I applied for about ten and got 1 that was worth $1000. But, every penny helps. I am not taking out loans because my family doesn't want me too. Instead, they are graciously paying two...
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How I chose schools to apply to
83 Words
I had a few dream schools: Brown, Wellesley, and Princeton. Brown was the top though, so much so that I was going to apply ED....
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What I like about my school’s location and culture
61 Words
All of my high school friends are going to college in/near Boston, so at first it was...
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Additional material sent in after waitlisted or deferred
121 Words
I was deferred SCEA from Yale, and I sent two updates. One was about my quiz bowl team qualifying for nationals and the other was a LOCI. I also sent two updates when I was waitlisted...
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Most popular extracurricular activities at my college
61 Words
It depends on the person. Everyone is really super passionate about what they are into, but everyone is...
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Recommended summer activities during high school and college
38 Words
Apply for special programs. Do academic, service, or career oriented activities....
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Why I declined other schools
88 Words
Kenyon offered me a $10k/year merit scholarship, Macalester gave me $72k scholarship, and Mount Holyoke offered me a full ride. But, after getting into Wellesley...
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Post-college plans
54 Words
After college I am contemplating going into government/political work or journalism. In the long term...
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Reaching out to professors and coaches at schools I applied to
86 Words
At Brown I met professors during the "A Day on College Hill" program. During the program we were given a list of a hundred classes we...
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My favorite course thus far, and why
96 Words
I am planning on taking Persian, Arabic, French, and following the IR curriculum in the track of political economy and society. I am not sure what class will be...
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What I’d change about my school if I were student body president
58 Words
What I know as an incoming student is that the advising system is not as great as...
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Post-college plans
72 Words
Think a lot about if you want to go to grad school post-college. Certain schools aren't as good for this because of...
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More Essays

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Supplemental Essay Other
81 Words
I tried to be as thoughtful as possible with my essays. I believed each needed to be pleasing to read. I wrote most of them late at night before the deadlines, and I don't think I ever had them edited by others. For my Brown essays, I wrote all 7 the night I got back from visiting the school. Everything I loved about it was fresh in my mind, and I really think that helped my essays be unique and obviously...
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General Admissions Advice

What I’d change about my application process
34 Words
If I could apply again, I wouldn't have wasted time...
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High School Performance

Weighted GPA
4.15
 
Rank
Top 5%
 
High School TypeOther Private
College Classes In High School
Academic Performance in High School Low one semester/year
Explanation of Low Grades

Test Scores

Highest ACT
35
 
ACT Score Details
 
Other ACT Scores
ACT Prep
Highest SAT
2240
 
SAT Score Details
 
Converted SAT Score1530
Other SAT Scores
SAT Prep
SAT IIs
PSAT Scores
Other Standardized Tests

AP / IB Classes and Scores

Details1 classes and scores

Sports

SportsField Hockey

Extracurriculars

ActivitiesQuiz Bowl/Academic Bowl, Admissions or Post-Acceptance Committee, Community Cleanup / Service, Culinary, Model Congress / Model UN, School Newspaper/Magazine/Journalism, School Newspaper/Magazine/Journalism, Student Council / Government, Tutoring/Mentoring
Elaborate on Extracurriculars or Work

Experience & Awards

How Spent Summers
Volunteer Experiences
Awards Received
Application Additional Materials

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