B.S., Molecular Biology
Hello, my name is Elizabeth! I graduated from a public high school in Florida, and was accepted to all 11 colleges I applied to. I am now a student at Yale University studying bio!
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Hometown Tampa, Florida
EthnicityBlack / African American
AdmissionRegular Decision
Class of2020
First Gen College StudentNo
English First Language Yes
Other Language(s) Spoken Spanish

Results, Essays, and Advice

Waitlisted or Withdrew
  • Yale University (New Haven, CT)
  • Harvard University (Cambridge, MA)
  • Princeton University (Princeton, NJ)
  • Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, MD)
  • Duke University (Durham, NC)
  • Brown University (Providence, RI)
  • Dartmouth College (Hanover, NH)
  • Washington University in St. Louis (St. Louis, MO)
  • University of South Florida (Tampa, FL)
  • University of Florida (Gainesville, FL)
  • University of Central Florida (Orlando, FL)
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Yale University (New Haven, CT)

Applied for a B.S. in Molecular Biology

Accepted and Enrolled Legacy: No

School Specific Essays

Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story.
Everything was a countdown for me. I was constantly tapping my feet to the rhythm of ticking clocks. One would think that there were an army after me, but no - I was simply addicted to time. My addiction started as something sincere. But when I started timing my conversations with my friends, and wearing two watches on my hand because I had to make sure I always had the correct time, it became an innocent habit gone amiss. I...
Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
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Harvard Writing Supplement: It had been two years since I had seen my father. I was young, innocent, and immature. I did not understand why he had just left us, but I continued to live my daily life with my brother and my mother. I woke up, I went to school, I went home, I practiced piano. Next day, repeat. My life was smooth, casual, and pleasantly systematic. But one day, coming home from the family pharmacy, my mother said...
Supplemental Essay: Extracurricular activity
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Question: Johns Hopkins University was founded in 1876 on a spirit of exploration and discovery. As a result, students can pursue a multi-dimensional undergraduate experience both in and outside of the classroom. Given the opportunities at Hopkins, please discuss your current interests (academic, extracurricular, personal passions, summer experiences, etc.) and how you will build upon them here. (300-500 Word limit)
​They say find what you love, and let it kill you. Life science may not have killed me, but it definitely has consumed my life. I first truly fell in love with everything life science related in middle school, but high school sealed the deal. I filled my schedule with all the science courses I could take, but that was never enough, so I found more outlets for my interest. I joined my school’s Science Olympiad team, and competed...
Supplemental Essay: Strong beliefs/principles
403 Words
Question: The “Gator Good” is a celebration of the ways in which the Gator Nation can use its tremendous resources and spirit of collaboration to tackle the challenges facing us all. Explore the Gator Good challenges here: . Select one challenge topic that speaks to you. How would you propose to dive into this challenge in a real, tangible way while an undergraduate student at the University of Florida?
During the second semester of my junior year of high school, I was granted the opportunity to perform a research project in which I investigated the relationship between the levels of dissolved oxygen in the lakes and ponds of Florida’s Fred Howard Park, and the biodiversity in the water sources. This project opened my eyes to the world of environmental science, and my findings led me to discover eutrophication, and other dangers brought upon the environment by human actions....
Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
103 Words
Question: Why does Yale appeal to you? (100 words or less)
Yale is committed to fostering diversity on its campus, which I admire, as I need a school that will be entirely welcoming of me. Yale also gives its students room to explore in their undergraduate years and allows for curiosity. This makes Yale the perfect environment for personal growth and thus, the perfect place for me. Yale also appeals to me because of the immense support it shows for its students, and its readiness to aid and support them in...

School Specific Advice

List of schools I interviewed with and my interview experience
177 Words
I did interviews for Harvard University, Yale University, Princeton University, and Dartmouth College, and each of them went very well. Prior to attending an interview, it is important to read and reread your resume. This will ensure that you do not forget to mention key details about yourself to your interviewer. Also, make...
Why I ultimately chose my school
277 Words
I often receive a number of questions from people as to why I decided to attend Yale instead of any of the other schools I was accepted to such as Harvard, Princeton, and Johns Hopkins. It came down to the fact that Yale had everything I wanted. Yale, although many people know it as a school that was typically humanities based, has invested a grand amount to their science divisions in the past few decades, to keep them competitive with...

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Supplemental Essay Other
81 Words
Remember that admissions officers read thousands of essays every year. You DO NOT want to make your essays blend in with the rest, you want to write about something that makes YOU remarkable, something that makes YOU different from the rest. Have a powerful introduction and a memorable ending, but do not let the middle portions of your essay bore the reader. Have a teacher proofread your essays and ask your friends to read them to ensure they are not...

General Admissions Advice

Recommended summer activities during high school and college
194 Words
Colleges absolutely LOVE to see students who are involved outside of the classroom, but they want to see that you are more than just a member of every club. Get involved in a few sports, activities, and clubs that really spark your interest, and stay involved. Being an active member or official of a club or sport...
What set me apart from other applicants
30 Words
I am confident that what set me apart from...
How I chose schools to apply to
88 Words
The two most important factors for me when deciding which schools to apply to were my major and the location. I had intended to major in...

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