MIT ‘20
B.S., Mechanical Engineering
I'm a current senior at MIT who is passionate about using mechanical engineering to better healthcare and biotech.
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Hometown Carrollton, Georgia
EthnicityAsian, White Non-Hispanic
First Gen College StudentNo

Results, Essays, and Advice

Waitlisted or Withdrew
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, MA)
  • Princeton University (Princeton, NJ)
  • Duke University (Durham, NC)
  • Stanford University (Stanford, CA)
  • Harvard University (Cambridge, MA)
  • University of Georgia (Athens, GA)
  • Georgia Institute of Technology (Atlanta, GA)
  • University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill (Chapel Hill, NC)
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Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, MA)

Applied for a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering

Accepted and Enrolled Legacy: No

School Specific Essays

My heart was beating out of my chest. My stomach was churning, whispering the truth. Ignoring my gut, I hung on to a sliver of hope. The doctor’s expression made it clear, but it wasn’t until he started speaking - his voice finalizing my tragedy - that my tear ducts gave way. I had never before cried as much as I did in that cold, sterile room. My toe, broken. My heart, crushed. My performance, ruined. In one...
Freshman year, I was a new face in a new town desperately trying to find my place. Most my classmates had grown up together, and I was an outsider with a completely different background. I was uncomfortable and unhappy. To help me adapt, my mom encouraged me to join the ROV (Remotely Operated Vehicle) team, but I did not want to be in another superficial club. Reluctantly, I attended my first meeting. The upperclassmen were discussing the season's designs as...
Supplemental Essay: Diversity statement
661 Words
I was raised in the vibrantly diverse Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill area of North Carolina whose ethnic diversity created an enriching culture of varied interests and constant development, a true melting pot. I had almost everything I could ever want as an adolescent – a gifted magnet middle school, excellent ballet schools, and close friends from an assortment of ethnic backgrounds. The many cultural events I attended - from Kwanzaa celebrations to bug eating festivals - built a foundation for...
Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
236 Words
I cannot imagine my world without the arts. I have been dancing since the age of three, playing piano since five, drawing since I could hold a pencil, singing since I could stand in the shower. They are part of me. When I dance, blood pumps through my body, shivers run down my spine, endorphin rushing through my brain. I feel and know its beauty. Every movement - no matter how big or small - completes, empowers, and enlivens my...
Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
269 Words
Hello! I am Dorothy Szymkiewicz. “Dorothy, like from the Wizard of Oz?” is the reaction I get most often. Yes - my parents didn’t even realize until I told them. “Wait… how exactly do you pronounce that?” is what I get for my last name: Szymkiewicz. It’s Polish. I am half Polish. The other half, you may ask? Chinese. I am “Pol-american-ese!” However, I come from two very different places: a vibrantly diverse Research Triangle area of North...
Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
495 Words
At seven, I proudly assisted my dad lay hardwood floor. At eight, I manufactured a creative contraption to facilitate our fish tank’s water-changing process. At ten, I won my first bridge-building contest. Whether I knew it or not, I have always been an engineer. It is in my blood, with generations of critical thinkers before me. My own passion for engineering was finally ignited through advanced STEM classes, the Southwire internship, and especially my ROV team. When I first...
Supplemental Essay: Time off from school
239 Words
For the past three summers, I have attended the International ROV Competition hosted by the Marine Advanced Technology Education Center (MATE). Last year, I piloted our ROV in Alpena, Michigan, where the marketing poster I designed won first place in our division. To get there, we spent up to eighty hours a week laboring away in the workshop and practicing at the pool. I always greatly anticipate competitions, because they are not only a culmination of our efforts, but also...

School Specific Advice

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General Admissions Advice

What set me apart from other applicants
127 Words
For me, ROV (underwater robotics) was my thing. And everyone knew that. I dedicated so much time, energy, and thought into the team and the vehicle. I spent late nights (a couple lasted until 1am, one until 3am,...
5 adjectives that describe a typical student at my school (Feel free to elaborate!)
5 Words
Passionate, Quirky,...
What I like about my school’s location and culture
161 Words
MIT is located in the heart of the Boston area, among one of the most incredible cities. Boston is so young and energetic - and the largest college "town" in the US. So wherever you go, you will hear or be a part of the most stimulating conversations...
Why I declined other schools
258 Words
The other schools seemed too pretentious to me. At Princeton's admit weekend, there were boys wearing sweaters tied around their necks playing crochet... and in 80-degree weather! Everyone seemed like this me. Nice, but heads held high, and noses held up in the air. The school looked old-fashioned not only on the outside, which was fine for aesthetics, but also on the inside! I stayed in the newest dorm there (around 4 years old, I think) for the...
Most popular extracurricular activities at my college
87 Words
I wouldn't say there's any most popular extracurricular activity on campus. There are so, so many things - something for everyone. From rockets, ultimate frisbee, football,...
How to increase chances at my school
95 Words
I would really show your passion for what it is you like to do and are good at. Make sure you really take advantage of everything your school and...
My advice about getting recommenders
52 Words
Ask someone (a teacher, coach, mentor) who has seen you grow outside the walls of the...
What I’d change about my application process
50 Words
I wish I had started earlier. My application process was much too stressful. I would...

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ActivitiesNational Honor Society, Key Club, Math Team, Tutoring/Mentoring, Dance
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