B.S., Mechanical Engineering
Bird girl turned engineer with a penchant for satire and history
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Hometown Rockville, Maryland
EthnicityWhite Non-Hispanic
Class of2022
First Gen College StudentNo
English First Language Yes

Results, Essays, and Advice

Waitlisted or Withdrew
  • Northwestern University (Evanston, IL)
  • Tulane University (New Orleans, LA)
  • University of Maryland - College Park (College Park, MD)
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Northwestern University (Evanston, IL)

Applied for a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering

Accepted and Enrolled Legacy: No

School Specific Essays

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      “Nobody likes me! I don’t have any friends!” cried one of my second-grade science class students. I was about to give the empty consolation of “I’m sure somebody likes you,” but then I remembered how I felt when I was his age. And I remembered what happened at Bird Camp.          The previous summer, when I was sixteen, I had spent a week learning the basics of birding alongside a handful of young, knowledgeable, and arrogant birders, and I...
Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
310 Words
Why Northwestern?
Northwestern is my number one choice only partly because it has both mechanical engineering and biological sciences majors with a liberal arts focus. The McCormick School of Engineering’s whole-brain approach combining science and math with creativity stands out to me, along with the required Design, Thinking, and Communication courses teaching students how to solve problems in the real world. In my graduate studies, I can combine my knowledge of fluid dynamics and biology after completing a concentration in cell...

School Specific Advice

Why I ultimately chose my school
161 Words
I was interested in a few things during my college search. I wanted somewhere Goldilocks-sized, not too big or too small. I wanted somewhere that would let me learn about mechanical engineering and biology, as I want to study biomimetics in graduate school. I wanted somewhere that had...
List of schools I interviewed with and my interview experience
592 Words
My first interview was at Union College in Schenectady, New York, and I didn’t know I was going to be interviewed that day. My uncle, a Union grad, had scheduled it as a surprise, so I was ambush interviewed. It wasn’t too bad. What I learned from that practice interview, during spring break in my junior year, was to do my research ahead of time and figure out what questions I wanted to ask. Pore over the website, see if anything is unclear or still leaves you unsure about something, and ask about it. Interviews are just as...
What I like about my school’s location and culture
103 Words
I chose Northwestern for the location and culture: I love having access to Chicago but still having a lot of green to look at, I like being surrounded by interesting people...
How important school spirit is around athletics at my school
187 Words
Speaking as someone who really, really, really doesn't care for sports, I think the school spirit around athletics is a bit much at Northwestern. During football season, campus empties out on Saturdays as students go huddle under tents and drink cheap beer, sorry, I mean tailgate, then stand and be cold on some bleachers and yell...
The stress level and competitiveness of a typical student at my school
137 Words
Everyone is really stressed, pretty much all the time, and we all have breakdowns on a somewhat regular basis. The quarter system goes quickly and doesn't give you much time to breathe, and there is a lot of pressure to "do...

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General Admissions Advice

How to deal with the stress of applying to college
258 Words
First off, if you feel the stress and anxiety of it all is getting out of hand, go see a therapist, get mental help. There’s no shame in professional help, I mean, you’re here, paying to read my advice, so go pay for mental health advice from someone who actually knows what they’re talking about! I for one love my therapist. Anyways, there are a few things to keep in mind. You are not...
What I’d change about my application process
180 Words
I think I’d dump my “friends” that only ever talked about college applications, because they started driving me mad and making me feel bad about myself and my decisions. Some people become closed minded and short sighted during the college application process. I wish I had distanced myself from them more, because I...
What set me apart from other applicants
148 Words
All throughout high school I spent my time on what mattered to me, freely exploring different activities and never confining myself to a certain group. This ended up making me seem well-rounded in sort of niche areas, darting from satirical newspaper editing to early...
Whether I used a private admissions counselor, and advice I received
115 Words
HAHAHA no I spent my money on movies, bagels, and thrift store dresses, and my parents were not about to cough up the money to pay for something that frivolous when I could just bother...

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