JHU ‘21
B.S., Computer Science
I'm the epitome of Duck Syndrome.
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Hometown Parkland, Florida
EthnicityAsian, Black / African American
First Gen College StudentNo

Results, Essays, and Advice

Waitlisted or Withdrew
  • Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, MD)
  • Columbia University (New York, NY)
  • University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA)
  • University of Southern California (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Vanderbilt University (Nashville, TN)
  • University of Florida (Gainesville, FL)
  • Harvard University (Cambridge, MA)
  • Oberlin College (Oberlin, OH)
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Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, MD)

Applied for a B.S. in Computer Science

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.
"Why do you rush?" It's a Tuesday night, and I am running through my Chopin Ballade one more time. It's my last lesson with my piano teacher before I play the piece in Carnegie Hall, so I feel my own self-imposed pressure now more than ever. There is no room for mistakes, no time to fix missing notes or broken phrases - but as I'm playing, I feel like I'm driving in a car, losing control of the steering wheel...
Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
545 Words
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.
The clock is ticking as I look down at the next calculus problem with my fellow math teammates. It's a convoluted integral, and the four of us initially look to each other in confusion and horror. While other questions may arise while finding the integral (Is this a series that converges? And what is the square root of 34785?), the real question is: can we work together, and if so, how? It's silent in the Microbiology Lab at Florida Atlantic University....
Supplemental Essay: Diversity statement
299 Words
Since our founding in 1833, Oberlin has been a leader in diversity and inclusion. We became the first college to establish a policy to admit students regardless of race in 1835, and the first to admit women into a coeducational program in 1837. Knowing this, how do you feel you would contribute to Oberlin's community and commitment to diversity? (300 word max)
If there is one thing about my heritage that I am extremely proud of, it is my family's history for exploration and excellence. I come from a family with two immigrant parents - both who have been immigrants twice in their lives. My father went from the tiny island of Jamaica at age 17 to study engineering in the United Kingdom, and then moved again to the United States to get his master's degree on a Fulbright Scholarship. My mother moved...
Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
276 Words
While scientists yearn to discover the world that exists, Engineers and Computer Scientists seek to create the world that never was. Our faculty and students believe collaborative teams are the key to great accomplishments. Please describe a time in your life (academic, co-curricular, or otherwise) where you had to collaborate to accomplish more than you could alone. (250 word limit)
As a classical pianist, one of the great drawbacks of my instrument is that for the most part, you work alone. Playing the piano is a very solitary activity; unlike string players or brass players who are surrounded by their orchestra, the pianist practices alone, performs alone, and develops their sound alone. It was something that I had gotten used to, until I was chosen to play a piano quartet with three other musicians as part of a summer music...

School Specific Advice

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General Admissions Advice

How to deal with the stress of applying to college
24 Words
Start applying EARLY. Like....look up schools...
Recommended summer activities during high school and college
26 Words
Any and every opportunity to do something that...
What set me apart from other applicants
74 Words
The things that you like doing - not just grades, but even tings completely unrelated do what you want to study -...
What I learned transitioning from high school to college
98 Words
You really are on your own now. But that's okay! Because now you have all this time to explore things that maybe you couldn't before. For me, I was...
Misconceptions I had about college before attending
64 Words
That I would be studying all the time!! The first day of class I was so shocked that now...
My advice about getting recommenders
67 Words
It doesn't have to be your teachers! Think about the people that *really* know you and can speak for the...
Whether I took out loans or applied for scholarships, and my advice
28 Words
When you get financial aid back from schools,...

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ActivitiesMath Team, Music: Instrumental, National Honor Society

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