mbshark
mbshark,
UCLA ‘20
B.S., Electrical and Electronics Engineering
Born in TX, Raised in SoFlo, Learning in SoCal
Features Included
11
Essays
17
Schools
14
Scores
22
Advice
8
ECs
4
Sports

Background

Hometown Boca Raton, Florida
GenderMale
EthnicityWhite Non-Hispanic
AdmissionRegular Decision
First Gen College StudentNo
English First Language Yes
Other Language(s) Spoken English

Results, Essays, and Advice

Accepted
Waitlisted or Withdrew
Denied
  • University of California - Los Angeles (Los Angeles, CA)
  • University of California - Berkeley (Berkeley, CA)
  • University of California - Irvine (Irvine, CA)
  • University of California - San Diego (La Jolla, CA)
  • University of California - Santa Barbara (Santa Barbara, CA)
  • Georgia Institute of Technology (Atlanta, GA)
  • Stanford University (Stanford, CA)
  • University of Florida (Gainesville, FL)
  • Harvard University (Cambridge, MA)
  • Princeton University (Princeton, NJ)
  • Yale University (New Haven, CT)
  • Worcester Polytechnic Institute (Worcester, MA)
  • University of Michigan - Ann Arbor (Ann Arbor, MI)
  • Columbia University (New York, NY)
  • Iowa State University (Ames, IA)
  • Vanderbilt University (Nashville, TN)
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University of California - Los Angeles (Los Angeles, CA)

Applied for a B.S. in Electrical and Electronics Engineering

Accepted and Enrolled Legacy: No

School Specific Essays

Personal Statement 2 Tell us about a personal quality, talent, accomplishment, contribution or experience that is important to you. What about this quality or accomplishment makes you proud and how does it relate to the person you are? I was sitting in my fifth­grade classroom when Mrs. Hancock, our math teacher, walked in and told us that she wanted us to see a demo by our school's robotics team. The team came into our classroom with a small Lego robot....
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School Specific Advice

My extracurricular activities in college, and why I chose them
32 Words
IEEE, ASME, hiking, learning to surf. I am going to...
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How to increase chances at my school
60 Words
Work on keeping your GPA up and be really passionate about three (the amount on a UC application)...
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More Essays

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Personal Statement 1 Describe the world you come from — for example, your family, community or school — and tell us how your world has shaped your dreams and aspirations. A bright orange glow reflecting on the water, I love watching the sunrise at the beach. I grew up less than ten minutes away from the Atlantic and my early childhood memories include frequent trips to the beach. Although the beach is a stunning sight, the beach is not always pristine. My family...
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Supplemental Essay Scholarship application
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GOALS AND ASPIRATIONS Make a brief statement or summary of your plans as they relate to your educational and future objectives. I would like to pursue an undergraduate degree in electrical engineering. While in college, I hope to pursue research under faculty members in robotics and pursue summer internships with technology companies. I am also interested in completing a semester abroad. Upon graduation, my goal is to pursue a career that will change the world around me. After working a...
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Supplemental Essay Issue of personal significance
646 Words
Some grandparents sit on the porch each morning and drink their coffee, others move to Boca, my city, to retire by the beach. However, my grandfather, Tim F. Hamlett, did not take those paths. Visiting Grandpa Tim in Iowa each summer, I learned that life is about "truly living" your passion each day. He grew up dairy and crop farming, fought in Korea, went to college, and then continued the Hamlett family legacy by dairy and crop farming in Iowa....
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Supplemental Essay Unique question posed by school
241 Words
I have always believed that pressure drives innovation. In FRC we start our build season in the beginning of January and have only six weeks to design, prototype, build, program, and test our robot. In 2013, my FRC team had to design a robot that could launch Frisbees. Although this task seems simple, any automated task that needs to be repeatedly accurate can be challenging. Our team conducted research and came up with many creative ideas. Some ideas used up to 6...
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Supplemental Essay Unique question posed by school
211 Words
Describe an experience you have had in creating or developing a solution to a problem that benefited you and others? What aspects made it enjoyable?: In 2013, my FRC team had to design a robot that could launch Frisbees. Our team researched and came up with many creative ideas. Some ideas used up to 6 different motors, several with multiple pneumatic pistons. Our designs were based on clay pigeon throwers and nerf guns. We built prototypes to try to figure out which...
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Supplemental Essay Unique question posed by school
458 Words
UF - If you were offered the role of the villain or the hero in a movie, which role would you accept and why? Remember to keep within the 500-word maximum length. "You underestimate the power of the dark side." The dark side is fascinating to me and I think that I would be more interested in portraying the role of the villain. In most movies with the classic superhero, the villain usually has some of the most memorable backstories,...
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Supplemental Essay Unique question posed by school
149 Words
Any programs or activities that helped you prepare for higher education? Oxbridge Academic Programs: The Cambridge Tradition 2015 Summer program where I studied at Jesus College at Cambridge University in England. Major class: Engineering (Grade:A+) & Minor class: Global Business (Grade:A) 27 hr/wk, 4 wk/yr Excerpt from my instructor's comment: "Across the engineering course Myles continually demonstrated a willingness to understand and be involved in the various engineering discussions where he often combined his inherent engineering knowledge with his good...
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Supplemental Essay “Why us” school essay
273 Words
Why Yale Yale particularly appeals to me because of its world-class education and research-focused faculty. I liked the idea of a shopping period, and I hope that this period will encourage me to branch out and try new courses. I think that the residential system is awesome, creates a sense of a close-knit community, and will help me find new friends. On my tour, I also found the cathedral-like library to be inspiring and fascinating and hope to study there...
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Supplemental Essay Unique question posed by school
119 Words
1.The two qualities I most admire in other people are 2. I am most proud of 3. I couldn't live without 4. Who or what inspires you? 5. What do you wish you were better at being or doing? 6. Most Yale freshmen live in suites of four to six students. What would you contribute to the dynamic of your suite? 7. Prior education outside your country 1. Integrity & kindness 2. Being captain of my FRC robotics team 3. My family's love and support 4. Dean Kamen, Inventor & Founder of...
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Supplemental Essay Unique question posed by school
302 Words
Engineering Essay When the robot first started moving, I watched lights blink on the electrical board that I had just wired. I stripped wires, soldered them, connected motor controllers to motors, and connected the driver station to a router. This is just one example of the extensive exposure to engineering that I have experienced through FIRST. I have been involved in FIRST for eight years, including the last three as captain of a FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) robotics team. Through...
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Supplemental Essay Other
27 Words
The personal statements are copied exactly as they were in my actual UC application. The other essays are from various colleges and universities that I applied to.
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General Admissions Advice

Whether I used a private admissions counselor, and advice I received
152 Words
My school has a College Guidance Office that works with you during your junior and senior years. I received advice on classes to take my junior and senior years and to look at colleges that I wasn't thinking about before. If your school does not have...
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Why I ultimately chose my school
154 Words
It was the college that I could most see myself at and because of how excited I got at receiving my acceptance. It was the most expensive choice that I had and was one of the farthest away universities that I applied to so that was...
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List of schools I interviewed with and my interview experience
63 Words
Stanford, Princeton, Vanderbilt - Stanford was very formal (job interview like), then Princeton was less (I was forced to...
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My advice about getting recommenders
179 Words
Make sure the teachers actually know you and give them your resume(/info about you if you don't have one) when asking for their recommendation. You will waive your FERPA rights when you send them to colleges (you won't be able to read them) so make sure the people won't screw you over. Most...
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What I’d change about my application process
66 Words
Start earlier. I procrastinated which lead to my Stanford application not being done until an hour before it was due....
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Recommended summer activities during high school and college
144 Words
Make sure to go abroad if you can or apply for a college program (some do provide aid)! Otherwise, apply for a job or two. I personally regret not taking a job over one of my earlier summers and think that it would...
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How I chose schools to apply to
145 Words
I applied to 17 colleges so I didn't really cut down on my list. At most I would recommend applying to 10 schools. If you can't see yourself going there, don't apply. If you can see yourself going everywhere like me then instead of just going...
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Whether I took out loans or applied for scholarships, and my advice
301 Words
Make sure to check if scholarships are available to you! Just ask your school office about them, look online, and think of all the random relatives, clubs, backgrounds, religious sects, etc. that you are a part of. I received a scholarship for being in my robotics club for $5,000/yr. I also received a small one through my mom's company. Apply even if you don't have financial need. I have no financial need; however, that doesn't mean that I don't want to contribute towards paying for my college degree. It helps the most to apply for scholarships that only you could...
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Why I declined other schools
43 Words
I didn't really want to stay in-state and go to a college in...
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Most popular extracurricular activities at my college
85 Words
I am currently involved in the IEEE student chapter at UCLA, am a signatory and hike coordinator for the UCLA hiking club (hit us up on...
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What set me apart from other applicants
67 Words
I'm a very average guy; however, I got the awesome chance to try many things out and was able to...
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My favorite course thus far, and why
71 Words
My favorite course so far is CS32 with Carey Nachenberg -- definitely take this course if you are a CS/EE...
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5 adjectives that describe a typical student at my school (Feel free to elaborate!)
17 Words
Driven, Intelligent, Diverse, Influential, Beautiful,...
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What I’d change about my school if I were student body president
52 Words
I think that the green initiative fund is mismanaged. (everyone pays around $5 a quarter to a ...
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What I now know about my school that I never would have known prior to enrolling
34 Words
UCLA is really awesome and has so many opportunities that...
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Post-college plans
42 Words
Upon graduation, my goal is to pursue an engineering or technology career that...
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What I like about my school’s location and culture
49 Words
Its really diverse and its in the perfect climate. I love that I was able...
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Reaching out to professors and coaches at schools I applied to
14 Words
I didn't personally, but...
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Additional material sent in after waitlisted or deferred
17 Words
I didn't have to send...
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My advice about getting recommenders
103 Words
At my school there were some teachers that were known to actually tear apart at a kid in their reviews and in an extreme case one of my teachers actually prevented...
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High School Performance

Weighted GPA
4.21
(equivalent to 3.80 unweighted)
Rank
Top 10%
 
High School TypeReligious
College Classes In High School
Academic Performance in High School Steady
Explanation of Low Grades

Test Scores

Highest ACT
33
 
ACT Score Details
 
Other ACT Scores
ACT Prep
Highest SAT
2040
 
SAT Score Details
 
Converted SAT Score1430
Other SAT Scores
SAT Prep
SAT IIs
PSAT Scores
Other Standardized Tests

AP / IB Classes and Scores

Details7 classes and scores

Sports

SportsSoccer, Track & Field, Cross Country, Bowling

Extracurriculars

ActivitiesRobotics, Math Team, Nonprofit, NGO or Charitable Organization, School Theater/Plays, National Honor Society, National Honor Society, Computer / Technology Volunteer, 4-H
Elaborate on Extracurriculars or Work

Experience & Awards

How Spent Summers
Volunteer Experiences
Awards Received

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