Harvard ‘13
B.A., Neuroscience and Neurobiology
I am Harvard & Yale alum from Nigeria who calls Chicago home, a former pre-med student and entrepreneur with a future in impact investing.
Features Included


Hometown Chicago, Illinois
EthnicityBlack / African American
First Gen College StudentNo
English First Language Yes
Other Language(s) Spoken Igbo

Results, Essays, and Advice

Waitlisted or Withdrew
  • Harvard University (Cambridge, MA)
  • Stanford University (Stanford, CA)
  • Yale University (New Haven, CT)
  • University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA)
  • Columbia University (New York, NY)
  • Princeton University (Princeton, NJ)
  • Dartmouth College (Hanover, NH)
  • Brown University (Providence, RI)
  • Cornell University (Ithaca, NY)
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, MA)
  • Northwestern University (Evanston, IL)
  • University of Chicago (Chicago, IL)
  • Washington University in St. Louis (St. Louis, MO)
  • Amherst College (Amherst, MA)
  • Duke University (Durham, NC)
  • Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, MD)
  • Vanderbilt University (Nashville, TN)
  • Emory University (Atlanta, GA)
  • University of Michigan - Ann Arbor (Ann Arbor, MI)
  • University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign (Champaign, IL)
  • University of Notre Dame (Notre Dame, IN)
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Harvard University (Cambridge, MA)

Applied for a B.A. in Neuroscience and Neurobiology

Accepted and Enrolled Legacy: No

School Specific 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,...
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: Diversity statement
379 Words
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: Issue of personal significance
383 Words
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: Other
576 Words
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...

School Specific Advice

More Essays

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General Admissions Advice

List of schools I interviewed with and my interview experience
139 Words
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
53 Words
I declined other schools for a variety of reasons, but the three primary reasons I declined...
How to increase chances at my school
44 Words
Visit campus and/or connect with admissions officers when they come to a...
My advice about getting recommenders
89 Words
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
179 Words
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
79 Words
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
99 Words
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...

High School Performance

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Top 5%
Academic Performance in High School Steady

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Converted SAT Score1440
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AP / IB Classes and Scores

Details9 classes and scores


SportsBasketball, Tennis (Recruited), Track & Field


ActivitiesNational Honor Society

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