B.A., Romance Languages and Literatures
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Hometown Newark, New Jersey
AdmissionEarly Decision
Class of2020
First Gen College StudentYes
English First Language Yes
Other Language(s) Spoken Spanish, Portuguese

Results, Essays, and Advice

Waitlisted or Withdrew
  • University of Chicago (Chicago, IL)
  • Dartmouth College (Hanover, NH)
  • Princeton University (Princeton, NJ)
  • Colby College (Waterville, ME)
  • Yale University (New Haven, CT)
  • College of the Holy Cross (Worcester, MA)
  • Rutgers, State University of New Jersey - Camden (Camden, NJ)
  • Rutgers, State University of New Jersey - New Brunswick (Piscataway, NJ)
  • Rutgers, State University of New Jersey - Newark  (Newark, NJ)
  • Middlebury College (Middlebury, VT)
  • Wesleyan University (Middletown, CT)
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University of Chicago (Chicago, IL)

Applied for a B.A. in Romance Languages and Literatures

Accepted and Enrolled Legacy: No

School Specific Essays

Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
461 Words
How does the University of Chicago, as you know it now, satisfy your desire for a particular kind of learning, community, and future? Please address with some specificity your own wishes and how they relate to UChicago. During the seventh grade, the English language was my primary method of achieving utopia. In this dark period, I relied on literature in order to escape my mother’s insults. Through brooks, I traveled to places like California and Puerto Rico, even though...
Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
620 Words
(University of Chicago) People often think of language as a connector, something that brings people together by helping them share experiences, feelings, ideas, etc. We, however, are interested in how language sets people apart. Start with the peculiarities of your own personal language—the voice you use when speaking most intimately to yourself, the vocabulary that spills out when you're startled, or special phrases and gestures that no one else seems to use or even understand—and tell us how...
Supplemental Essay: Issue of personal significance
670 Words
(Princeton) Tell us about a person who has influenced you in a significant way. My father—Fausto Morquecho—was born in Azogues, Ecuador, on December 1, 1966, to a construction worker and a part-time market vendor. At that time, my father lived a simple life, one which was sustained by family values and hard labor as opposed to technological advances. Sadly, my father’s stay in Ecuador ended at the young age of 24, when he immigrated to the United States. After his...
Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
401 Words
(University of Chicago) Share with us a few of your favorite books, poems, authors, films, plays, pieces of music, musicians, performers, paintings, artists, blogs, magazines, or newspapers. Feel free to touch on one, some, or all of the categories listed, or add a category of your own. My favorite books are usually distorted from assumed reality because they refer to a reality that is not widely accepted or that will be revealed in the future. I feel that I am...
Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
334 Words
(Dartmouth) Every name tells a story: Tell us about your name--any name: first, middle, last, nickname--and its origin. Before I was born on the 29th of May 1998, my parents had a small feud over who would name the children. My father wanted to name me, but my mother didn’t want my father to give me an ugly name. They eventually reached a compromise: my father would name me, and my mother would name my sister. My mother agreed to...
Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
100 Words
Why Yale? I was raised in a very diverse community. Since Newark is a multicultural city, my life has been enhanced by people, traditions, and food that hail from every corner of the world. Therefore, I am impressed by the emphasis that Yale and New Haven place on multiculturalism. There are 120 countries represented in the freshman student body, and there are 230 restaurants in New Haven that offer diverse cuisine. At Yale, I will travel the world without leaving the campus...
Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
112 Words
(Yale) Why are you interested in English, Spanish, and History? Spanish runs in my veins, because is the language of my ancestors. Spanish unites me to my family and their homelands. History allows me to understand world affairs and America’s past so that I can understand the people and events that have shaped the world into what it is today. History helps me lead and serve because it explains how peoples’ needs were developed. English represents my future. It...
Supplemental Essay: Issue of personal significance
550 Words
(Yale) Please reflect on something you would like us to know about you that we might not learn from the rest of your application, or on something about which you would like to say more. You may write about anything—from personal experiences or interests to intellectual pursuits. I remember the exact moment my opinion of myself was changed forever. One day, I was called to the guidance office because of my poor grades. However, before I could reach my...

School Specific Advice

What might make for a good “Why Us” essay topic at my school
41 Words
UChicago is known to be a very nerdy, theoretical school for people...
Recommended summer activities during high school and college
55 Words
I applied and was successfully admitted into the Chicago Academic Achievement Program. It helps high-achieving, low-income students...

More Essays

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Personal Statement
654 Words
Failure experience
“Mom, I’m gay,” I whispered quietly into her ear. I had waited three years to tell her in the hopes that she would understand, but she did not. Instead, she told me I was an abomination, and at that time I was fragile, so I believed her. Feeling terrible about myself, I fell into depression and gave up on school during the seventh grade. After failing all my classes that year, I began to hate school. However, when I...

General Admissions Advice

What set me apart from other applicants
125 Words
When applying for schools, I read Allen Cheng's blog at PrepScholar, and he advised students to build a "big spike" instead of becoming well-rounded. If you focus on your one strength, it will overpower all of your weaknesses...
Why I declined other schools
40 Words
I withdrew my applications from all other schools because I was accepted...
What I’d change about my application process
48 Words
I would've applied through Questbridge Regular Decision and I would not have ranked schools....

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