bwill
bwill,
Williams ‘20
B.A., Economics
Econ & Bio major (and transfer) passionate about social justice, STEM, design, and Beyoncé. I learned a lot from navigating this hectic process twice, and I’m excited to help!
Features Included
14
Essays
18
Schools
8
Scores
5
Advice
7
ECs
2
Sports

Background

Hometown Los Angeles, California
GenderMale
EthnicityBlack / African American
AdmissionRegular Decision, Transfer
First Gen College StudentNo
English First Language Yes

Results, Essays, and Advice

Accepted
Waitlisted or Withdrew
Denied
  • Williams College (Williamstown, MA)
  • Claremont McKenna College (Claremont, CA)
  • Amherst College (Amherst, MA)
  • Swarthmore College (Swarthmore, PA)
  • Pitzer College (Claremont, CA)
  • Northwestern University (Evanston, IL)
  • Tufts University (Medford, MA)
  • Washington University in St. Louis (St. Louis, MO)
  • Grinnell College (Grinnell, IA)
  • Rice University (Houston, TX)
  • Emory University (Atlanta, GA)
  • Loyola Marymount University (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Harvard University (Cambridge, MA)
  • Stanford University (Stanford, CA)
  • Wesleyan University (Middletown, CT)
  • Brown University (Providence, RI)
  • Pomona College (Claremont, CA)
  • Lehigh University (Bethlehem, PA)
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Williams College (Williamstown, MA)

Applied for a B.A. in Economics

Accepted and Enrolled Legacy: No

School Specific 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...
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Learning is my passion. On top of the satisfaction that comes with gaining knowledge, I love the feeling of expanding my horizons and broadening my perspectives that accompanies exposure to different information, narratives, and perspectives. As such, I believe that the ideal educational setting for me is one that supports and emphasizes pursuit and development of self-realization through the accumulation of knowledge and experiences––an environment with enough academic freedom and emphasis on intellectual engagement with peers that I would...
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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...
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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...
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Supplemental Essay: Intellectual interest
312 Words
It’s cool to be smart. Tell us about the subjects or ideas that excite your intellectual curiosity.
For me, all paths lead back to design. 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 love dissecting and learning about the world around me. I’m drawn to engineering and biology because I feel that they satisfy my intellectual thirst for material involving...
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Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
487 Words
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?
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 ended and we are no longer allowed to touch the robot, we use the CAD to create an identical replica of our finished product that we can use...
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Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
654 Words
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 that my friends didn’t always understand where I was coming from or what mattered to me, and eventually this prompted me to action....
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Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
113 Words
Which aspects of Tufts’ curriculum or undergraduate experience prompt your application? In short: “Why Tufts?”
When I think of Tufts, I think of a community of passionate, curious, and motivated students who are open—open to collaboration, people of all backgrounds, and new ideas. Tufts’ intimate environment—paired with its emphasis on collaboration, diversity, and inclusivity––would allow me to exchange ideas with people much different than myself. Furthermore, the ease with which Tufts students take courses between schools—fostering the cross-pollination of ideas between engineering and the liberal arts—strikes me as highly appealing,...
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Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
225 Words
Swarthmore students are socially aware in both a broad, global context as well as an interpersonal, community context. They approach problems with intentionality, and they often contemplate their place in the world. Given this tendency we would like to know, "What keeps you up at night?
Of the seven billion inhabitants of the earth, how many do you think have dreamt of changing the world in large and groundbreaking ways? A tenth? A quarter? Half? Now, how many succeed? Only a handful. Some would find that prospect daunting. However, I find myself worrying less about whether or not I will be able to help change the world, and more about how best to do so while helping those in need and pursuing my career interests in...
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Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
232 Words
What distinguishes Lehigh to make it the right fit for you?
When I set foot on Lehigh, I was first struck by the sheer size of the campus and the incline that it sat upon. Only later did I learn that there was an entirely separate campus hidden behind the crest of the hill: Mountaintop. What I saw within Mountaintop was an empty space for students to make their own quirky ideas or projects come to life. At Lehigh, I would be afforded the flexibility to explore a wide breadth of...
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Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
256 Words
What is your favorite riddle and why?
My favorite riddle is the age-old Riddle of the Sphinx: “What goes on four feet in the morning, two feet at noon, and three feet in the evening?” (The answer, of course, is man). The simplicity of the Riddle always amazes me, especially since there are riddles far more complicated and convoluted, but few that actually relate to ideas that are as central and universal as human life. It ingeniously implies that time--and Earth--will go on, long after individual people...
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Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
233 Words
The quality of Rice's academic life and the Residential College System are heavily influenced by the unique life experiences and cultural traditions each student brings. What personal perspective do you feel that you will contribute to life at Rice?
As a STEAM Scholar, my involvements in the arts and humanities have given me a nuanced perspective on STEM--and vice versa. Though I’ve cherished my exposure to biology and to robotics, I’ve also loved economics, acting, and playing the sax. While the overlap between and integration of the sciences and the arts are most physically evident in CAD modeling and 3D Design, my talents and enjoyment of writing and the humanities are an equally important and significant part...
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Supplemental Essay: Extracurricular activity
132 Words
Please briefly elaborate on one of your extracurricular activities or work experiences.
In creating Computer-Aided Design (CAD) models for the Robotics team, I bolster the confidence of the team by providing the most precise measurements possible, which allows my team members to build the actual robot with the highest level of accuracy and reliability. While those building the robot are able to hold the metal in their hands, my fingertips do the keyboard construction that makes those pieces of metal fit together perfectly. After I pass the CAD model to my teammates,...
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Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
250 Words
How did you first learn about Rice University and what motivated you to apply?
The first thing I ever knew about Rice was the honor code. My Spanish teacher’s son just graduated from Rice, and of all his experiences, the one he felt the most compelled to share with us was the honor code. The idea that students are able to self-regulate was something that I had never heard of at the university level, and seems to me a testament to a student body that I can admire, and one in which I...
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Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
254 Words
Imagine yourself in a tutorial at Williams. Of anyone in the world, whom would you choose to be the other student in the class, and why?
With the spirit of Williams tutorials in mind, I would want the other student in the class with me to be the renowned French architect Le Corbusier. There are few fields of study that require as much rigorous attention to both detail and the bigger picture as architecture. Le Corbusier was very methodical in his approach to his work, and was well-known for developing and following 5 points of architecture--architectural elements and features that he incorporated within his buildings. With such...
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School Specific Advice

More Essays

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General 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 your essays over breaks if you can, because it's a pain to have to do them along with schoolwork during the year. You...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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 quality of output often trumps quantity), and – most importantly – making sure that your teachers know that you're putting in the effort and working...
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High School Performance

Weighted GPA
3.80
(equivalent to 3.50 unweighted)
Rank
N/A
 
High School TypeOther Private
Academic Performance in High School Low one semester/year

Test Scores

Highest SAT
2240
 
SAT Score Details
 
Converted SAT Score1530
Other SAT Scores
SAT Prep
SAT IIs
PSAT Scores

AP / IB Classes and Scores

Details2 classes and scores

Sports

SportsTrack & Field, Cross Country

Extracurriculars

ActivitiesDiversity Committee / Minority Initiative, Science Club/Team, Nonprofit, NGO or Charitable Organization, Community Cleanup / Service, Tutoring/Mentoring, School Theater/Plays, School Band
Elaborate on Extracurriculars or Work

Experience & Awards

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