College Admissions Info

Harvard University, ‘13
BA, Neuroscience and Neurobiology

Profile Overview

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

Student Background

I am Harvard & Yale alum from Nigeria who calls Chicago home, a former pre-med student and entrepreneur with a future in impact investing.
From: Chicago , Illinois
Gender: Male
First Gen College Student: No
Race/Ethnicity: Black / African American
Accepted At: Stanford, Yale, UPenn, Columbia, Princeton, Dartmouth, Brown, Cornell, MIT, Northwestern, UChicago, WashU, Amherst, Duke, JHU, Vanderbilt, Emory, UMich, Illinois, Notre Dame
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Is English First Language: Yes
Other Language(s) Spoken: Igbo

Test Scores

Converted SAT Score: 1440
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High School Performance

GPA, Weighted
Top 5%
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Academic Performance in High School: Steady

Extracurriculars & Awards

Sports: Basketball, Tennis (Recruited), Track & Field
Extracurricular Activities: National Honor Society
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College Application Essays

I feel that everyone is unique in his or her own way. What sets me apart from everyone else is my ambition and focus. I really look forward to making a major contribution in my chosen field of neurosurgery. Some people believe they are here to make a certain amount of money, but I truly believe that I am here to make an impact on my world. I believe that I am here to change the course of history, somehow,...

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Of all the literary characters I have encountered throughout my experience as a reader, only one stands out to me as the person I would most wish to emulate. That character is 15-year old Christopher John Francis Boone from The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. Although Christopher is autistic, he appeals to me because he personifies my character as well as the person I desire to be. Described as “being in his own world,” Christopher’s perception...

Supplemental Essay for UMich: Diversity statement
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PROMPT -- "We know that diversity makes us a better university -- better for learning, for teaching, and for conducting research." (U-M President Mary Sue Coleman) Share an experience through which you have gained respect for intellectual, social, or cultural differences. Comment on how your personal experiences and achievements would contribute to the diversity of the University of Michigan. Cross-cultural research helped me to appreciate both cultural diversity and human kinship. For my psychology class, I researched the differences and...

Supplemental Essay for Yale, Columbia, Princeton, Dartmouth, Northwestern, WashU, Duke, JHU: Issue of personal significance
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Typically, when one reflects on the concept of world hunger, he or she relates to the lack of essential victuals available to underprivileged people. To me, however, the concept of world hunger applies to the mind, and identifies with the desire for knowledge. My perceptions of hunger are not concerned with my immediate community in Chicago, or with anywhere in America. In fact, the mental hunger I view exists habitually in my homeland, Nigeria. What do I observe in regards...

Supplemental Essay for Harvard, Stanford, UPenn, Brown, MIT, UChicago: Other
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Progressive Thinking – [Excerpt] I decided to experiment on what emerges when one combines two ideas, one the polar opposite of the other, in order to examine whether a truly dichotomous product will emerge. Having chosen my ideas, transcendentalism and absurdity, I placed them in a particle accelerator. Finally, the product materialized in the vicinity. Indeed, the product was a translucent entity closest in semblance to the DNA helix. I unraveled the matrix of the structure only to find the blueprint...

College Admissions Advice

List of schools I interviewed with and my interview experience
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I interviewed with the following schools: Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Brown, Michigan, WashU, and Northwestern. The Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Brown, and Northwestern interviews were essentially 1-on-1 conversations with an alum from the college. Whereas the Yale, Princeton, Brown, and Northwestern interviews were extremely...

Why I declined other schools
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I declined other schools for a variety of reasons, but the three primary reasons I declined...

How to increase chances at my school
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Visit campus and/or connect with admissions officers when they come to a...

My advice about getting recommenders
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Choose recommenders not based on stature but based on intimacy. By intimacy I mean you should choose recommenders that know you well beyond interaction in the classroom....

My favorite course thus far, and why
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My four favorite courses at Harvard are the following: The Biology of Aging, The Road to the White House, The Science of Language, and The Hiphop Cipher. The Biology of Aging was maybe the most practice biological science course I took as it intertwined elements of aging from the biological and lifestyle perspectives. The...

Recommended summer activities during high school and college
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Do something out of your comfort zone. If you are pre-med, take a summer to try a finance internship. If you are an econ...

Whether I took out loans or applied for scholarships, and my advice
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I did not take out any loans because my school provided a need-based financial aid package that covered the overwhelming majority of my tuition and fees, and my term-time work...