B.S., Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
UChicago undergraduate aspiring to pursue Molecular Engineering.
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Hometown Colorado Springs, Colorado
EthnicityWhite Non-Hispanic
Class of2021
First Gen College StudentNo
English First Language Yes
Other Language(s) Spoken Spanish

Results, Essays, and Advice

Waitlisted or Withdrew
  • University of Chicago (Chicago, IL)
  • Colorado School of Mines (Golden, CO)
  • Harvard University (Cambridge, MA)
  • Yale University (New Haven, CT)
  • Princeton University (Princeton, NJ)
  • Brown University (Providence, RI)
  • Columbia University (New York, NY)
  • Cornell University (Ithaca, NY)
  • Dartmouth College (Hanover, NH)
  • Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, MD)
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University of Chicago (Chicago, IL)

Applied for a B.S. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Accepted and Enrolled Legacy: No

School Specific Essays

The Chemist’s Guide to Cheerleading     I hit the ground hard trying to the catch the girl falling through the air. Ten minutes before, my teammates were anxiously practicing motions, while I was trying to distract myself from the audience. I was thinking about Schrödinger's theory that a cat in a box filled with poison is both alive and dead because neither can be confirmed until someone opens the box. With this comes the realization that cheerleaders are simply...
A Complete Understanding of the Universe My feet ache as we hop to the very last song on Homecoming night. Student Council has to set up and tear down every school dance and, since all dances end at 11:30, I and the rest of Student Council stay until midnight cleaning while everyone else leaves. My friend Brooke and I have just finished mopping paint off the floor when we decide to walk outside instead of sitting in the school. The air...
Every time I gazed upward, I spied grey skies. Seoul, South Korea acted as my home for two years when I was younger. I learned the Korean national anthem before I knew the American one. Despite, overpopulation and pollution, I vividly remember colorful celebrations and the very interesting attire. Then, Colorado was unlike anything I experienced in South Korea. The mountains acted as a mode of protection surrounding the vast and scenic areas. The Monument, Colorado community hosts a Fourth...
Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
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Stanford – No, I’m just not a California girl, didn’t bother to visit. Cornell-liked it but it’s an undergraduate university so I would have to apply to an individual one of its colleges, so, no thanks. Princeton – whoa, way to preppy. Harvard - very nice but just isn’t UChicago. I am an odd person. While living in Seoul, South Korea, I once stood in line at the lotus lantern parade holding a candle waiting to enter the...
Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
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“Don’t play what’s there, play what’s not there”- Miles Davis (1 to 2 pages) Ever since middle school, I have experienced some trouble with my pants. Whether wearing ripped-up jeans, black leggings, or any other pants-like alternative, I just don’t seem to fit well with them. Just to be clear, yes, I periodically do still wear pants. Strutting through my preteens, my dislike of pants began as an allergy. Any pants I wear cause my legs to...
Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
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Atoms to Molecules to Worlds to My Universe He stands at the front of classroom in a ridiculous Hawaiian shirt and khaki pants each day of AP Chemistry. He’s a quirky man with a constant sarcastic tone who talks about electron teleportation and entropic doom the same as others discuss the weather this week. He knows more about his field than one would suspect of a high school teacher in southern Colorado. Everyday is a new story from his...
Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
298 Words
I strive to discover more about the world. At Columbia, over 200 research institutes would open themselves to me as an undergraduate. I was happy to read how research is about “impacting the world” at Columbia so even before I graduate, I would be making a difference. With almost 400 research positions, science would be at the heart of my education, and no branch of science will be unavailable. Discussing Columbia with my counselor, I know the core program will help me...
Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
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Where do you hope to go? What aspects of Dartmouth's curriculum or community might help you get there? The final frontier, or rather space, is my ultimate destination. Unlike the thousands of little kids who answer astronaut to the question, what do you want to when you grow up, understanding beyond the earth’s atmosphere outweighs physically being there. Through programs like WISP and the sophomore science scholarships at Dartmouth, I can expand on what I already know about the...
Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
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Yale is more than a liberal arts education. The Native American Cultural Center which even includes a science and engineering chapter would be the perfect fit for me at college. I can imagine myself spending a lot of time at the library, reading everything from Aristotle to Einstein. The Women’s Center would give me the chance to discuss contemporary issues as well as past successes. Not only would I study within my major, but I would have the opportunity...
Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
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Strolling around Providence, the whole city radiated with an energy feeling like home to me. I know this is the place I should be, but beyond the scenery, the Brown curriculum inspires creativity within its students. In my pursuit of chemical research, I would love to study under professors such as Eunsuk Kim. On my tour, I saw how Brown instills a system of support within its community, unavailable at any other college, and how excited my guides were about...

School Specific Advice

Why I ultimately chose my school
372 Words
When writing the "Why Us" Essays, I found UChicago to be the easiest one to write. Other schools felt like work to talk about why I wanted to go there, and while they were all fantastic schools I would be lucky to attend, UChicago just seemed to speak to me. If you get to write a couple why us essays do not try to compliment and please the admissions officer. Rather you should try to convince yourself that this school was made for you. Make your experience personal and real, not just because it makes for a better essay, but...

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General Admissions Advice

List of schools I interviewed with and my interview experience
319 Words
1. Do not be afraid of your interview. I was always nervous before my interview and I wish I could have gone into them a little less stressed and a little more prepared. Maybe for a week or two before your interview, make sure to "read up" on your college and know at least the important things about your school. That being said I would not recommend trying to rehearse answers cause then that makes them sound weird and it;s not a guarantee that you'll even know what they plan on asking. Just study up on the college, do some...
My advice about getting recommenders
275 Words
Choose people who really know you and are happy to write them. These are the teachers, coaches, or any other person that will write highly of you because they think highly of you. Don't be afraid to choose a person because of who they are, I had one of my best friends write a letter for me because I knew she could do a good job and would write good things about me. All that matters is that you round up a...
Recommended summer activities during high school and college
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There is no one summer activity that will guarantee you admission to your first choice college. Some people wear themselves down trying to accomplish everything by volunteering for eight different organizations, and working on playing many instruments, or toil on the field perfecting their technique for some sport. None of this is necessary for...
What set me apart from other applicants
167 Words
This is the question I would love to know the answer to. Even among my own high school, I know several well-qualified students who applied to UChicago but simply did not get in. Looking at my test scores and activities and what not, I am a qualified applicant, but what...
What I’d change about my application process
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The first step I took toward my application process began in June when I walked up the street seeking the advice of a girl up the street who was admitted to Harvard during the regular admissions round. She was extremely helpful in understanding everything that a college looks for and how to write essays to wow them. She actually recommended this fantastic book called On Writing the...

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