College Admissions Info

bwill
bwill
Williams College , Claremont McKenna College ‘19
BA, Economics, Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering

Profile Overview

Profile contains
  • Test Scores
  • High School Performance
  • Extracurriculars & Awards
  • Personal statement
  • 5 supplemental essays
  • 5 advice topics

Student Background

Hi! I'm an incoming sophomore transfer at Williams who's passionate about technology, STEM education, social justice, and design. I've learned a thing or two after navigating this hectic process twice now, and would love to help guide others through it!
From: Los Angeles , California
Gender: Male
Race/Ethnicity: Black / African American
Legacy: No
Admission: Regular Decision, Transfer
Applied To: 15+ schools
Accepted At: Amherst, Swarthmore, Pitzer, Northwestern, Tufts, WashU, Grinnell, Rice, Emory, LMU
Denied At:
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Is English First Language: Yes

Test Scores

2240
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High School Performance

3.74
GPA
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High School Type: Other Private
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Academic Performance in High School: Low at first but improved

Extracurriculars & Awards

Sports: Track & Field, Cross Country
Extracurricular Activities: Diversity Committee / Minority Initiative, Science Club/Team, Nonprofit, NGO or Charitable Organization, Community Cleanup / Service, Tutoring/Mentoring, School theater/plays, School Band
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College Application Essays

I enter from stage right and feel the audience staring at me. My impulse is to just keep walking -- to leave the stage -- but my partner is there and I know I have to turn and start singing with her. We begin: “Tumble out of bed and I stumble to the kitchen ... Pour myself a cup of ambition!” It was opening night of 9 to 5: The Musical, and we’d been rehearsing for months. Once I got over my...









Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
308 Words
When I set foot on Northwestern, I was first struck by the sheer size of the campus. Over the course of my two weeks in the dorms, on the campus, and in both Evanston and Chicago, I came to feel at home. I knew that Northwestern attracted passionate, quirky, and motivated students who would be open - open to collaboration, people of all backgrounds, and new ideas. At Northwestern, the large school environment--paired with the emphasis on collaboration, diversity, and...





Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
199 Words
Claremont is a unique school that offers many educational opportunities that can’t be found anywhere else. The innovative dual degree program in Engineering and Economics is perfect for me, and I crave the opportunity to explore how these seemingly distinct subjects can harmonize with each other. Claremont’s small class sizes and low student-faculty ratio also excite me, because I’ve learned that I function best in smaller environments and relish the intellectual discussions that can only be had...



Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
269 Words
Prompt: It’s cool to be smart. Tell us about the subjects or ideas that excite your intellectual curiosity. (Tufts) I have a passion for learning what makes things tick: from the forces at play within the day-to-day operations of world economic markets, to the mathematical and scientific analyses behind biological processes, to the interpersonal powers that shape and mold the human experience. I've been spellbound by biology since my eyes were opened to the hidden world of molecules, proteins,...





Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
516 Words
Prompt: What is something you have taught yourself in the last year? How did you teach yourself this new skill or concept and what was the result? (Emory) For every competition, the Robotics team builds a prototype to evaluate as a team. Based on this initial design, we then go to work to take everyone’s opinions into consideration before we craft a revised robot that we will replicate as a Computer-Aided Design (CAD) model. Once the build season has...







Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
679 Words
Prompt: Reflecting on your involvement throughout high school or within the community, how have you engaged with one or more of Pitzer's core values? At my predominantly white high school, I’ve always stood out. Not only am I African American, but I’m also scientifically and mathematically intelligent, artistically gifted, and a leader among my peers. When I first enrolled in seventh grade, it wasn’t easy being so different from other students. Over the years, I grew frustrated...









College Admissions Advice

How to approach transferring schools
278 Words
The transfer process is definitely tougher than the freshman application process, if only because, when applying as a freshman, most high schools kinda take into account the fact that you're working on your apps, and therefore go a little easy on you. You should probably start working on brainstorms for your transfer essay as soon as you can. Definitely do...





Recommended summer activities during high school and college
154 Words
Skip the exorbitantly expensive summer programs in high school if you can help it. Schools will see through them faster than you can bat an eye, and oftentimes will write you off as simply having the money to pay for whatever it is you're doing. Don't just go on expensive foreign service activities with the expectation that they will make...



Whether I used a private admissions counselor, and advice I received
187 Words
When applying to schools as a freshman, I didn't use a private counselor, although many of my classmates did. Instead, I used my school's resources and did a great deal of research on my own time. Starting early was key. When I applied to transfer schools, I did use a private counselor in order to get a second set of...





My favorite course thus far, and why
163 Words
My favorite course thus far was definitely Introduction to Biological Chemistry (IBC), which I took my first semester of freshman year. The intensive course was extremely demanding (six hours of lecture and eight hours of lab a week), and was by far the most difficult class I have taken to date. It was also invitation-only; permission to enroll was granted...



My advice about getting recommenders
278 Words
Don't panic if you feel as though your teachers (or professors, if you're applying to transfer!) won't want to write a recommendation for you just because you don't have an A in the class. Just make sure that you develop a good relationship with your instructors early on through basic things such as office hours, participating in class (remember that...