B.A., International Studies
50% books + 10% brains + 60% coffee = 100% of I didn't get in because of my math grade.
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Hometown Waunakee, Wisconsin
EthnicityHispanic, White Non-Hispanic
Class of2021
First Gen College StudentNo

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  • University of Chicago (Chicago, IL)
  • Boston College (Chestnut Hill, MA)
  • Emory University (Atlanta, GA)
  • Washington University in St. Louis (St. Louis, MO)
  • University of Minnesota - Twin Cities (Minneapolis, MN)
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University of Chicago (Chicago, IL)

Applied for a B.A. in International Studies

Accepted and Enrolled Legacy: No

School Specific Essays

The chatter dies down as Jenn bows towards the judges, signaling that she is ready to break the board. I adjust my hands on the tough wooden edges and strengthen my stance, preparing myself for the board to either be split down the center, or received with a dull thud, remaining unmoved and unrelenting. While most people would be afraid of the former for fear of being hit by a flying piece of wood or misplaced punch, I dread the...
Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
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(**Why UChi? ALSO, sidenote, my equations posted horribly. There was a graph included too.) An Equation for the Applicant Let f(c)=(c^2+2ac+a^2)/(c+a), given that variable c is the University of Chicago, and variable a is the applicant. Assuming that applicant a is any constant real number, what effect might variable c have on equation f(c)? Provide your answer below. Let us first examine applicant a. It is given that a is a constant; therefore,...
Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
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(**This was for UChi's "Create your own idiom" prompt) Spinning the Globe (idiom, verb phrase) To traverse language or culture in the most unlikely of situations; accidentally mixing cultures or words in the most unexpected places. Ever since I heard the word hola in first-grade Spanish, I have had an obsession with learning languages. In high school, the opportunities to indulge this obsession exploded; culture clubs, language groups, and online language websites beckoned for my attention, and I absorbed the...
Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
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(**UChi Favorites essay!) Songs: Min Yoongi’s heart-wrenching solo, “First Love.” It is absolute, raw emotion. The pained Korean voice ropes around the listener’s neck like a vice; it is charred black and burnt, flaming with regret, and grounded only by the delicate notes of the piano in the background. I have never looked up the English translation to this specific song because the emotion Yoongi conveys is so strong that I do not need to. Move in martial...
Supplemental Essay: Amusing anecdote
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Consider something in your life you think goes unnoticed and write about why it's important to you (you may enter up to 650 words). I open the cardboard box with care, scrutinizing its contents. All seems to be intact—from its twisted foam backbone to the plastic clips that delicately restrain its curved ends, my model sits regally in the box’s center, ready for competition. “Ok, you have five minutes to drop it off in the biology building. Need any...
Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
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Tell us why you decided to apply to the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In addition, share with us the academic, extracurricular, or research opportunities you would take advantage of as a student. If applicable, provide details of any circumstance that could have had an impact on your academic performance and/or extracurricular involvement (you may enter up to 650 words). Living in south-central Wisconsin all of my life meant having the University of Wisconsin right in my backyard and having the privilege...
Supplemental Essay: Other
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What is your favorite fiction or non-fiction work (film / book / television show / album / poem / play)? Why? My favorite nonfiction work has to be the documentary on women’s rights in third-world countries called Half the Sky. The film’s director, Nicholas Kristof, exposes areas of the world that we often overlook—such as the inside of a poor brothel in Thailand, or the seventeen-mile bike ride an African girl takes to attend school—and describes them without sugarcoating the stark,...
Supplemental Essay: Other
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Boston College strives to provide an undergraduate learning experience emphasizing the liberal arts, quality teaching, personal formation, and engagement of critical issues. If you had the opportunity to create your own college course, what enduring question or contemporary problem would you address and why? I stare at the page in front of me. While other professors distributed syllabi detailing grading requirements and textbook titles, the only thing on this page is a single sentence: It is the mark of an...

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My advice about getting recommenders
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I can't stress this enough--form bonds with your teachers junior year or earlier! Besides having an invaluable relationship with them, it's going to be much easier to choose who to contact about writing letters of recommendation. If you're a little nervous about "becoming close" with a teacher (like me), here are a few easy ways to start. 1. Start participating more. Don't just say you're interested in the subject--SHOW it. Ask for the teacher's perspective, but only after talking about your own. Discuss the...
What I’d change about my application process
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Oh dear...definitely my time management. I think I wrote 80% of all my application essays the night before--pro tip, DON'T DO THAT OH MY GOD THE STRESS. You have a nice, three month summer to get a jump start on essays, so use it wisely!! Get a giant calendar and write all the deadlines on it. You REALLY don't want to miss your FAFSA deadline, CSS Profile deadline, or, god forbid, your actual application deadline. I came dangerously close to doing this with a lot of my financial aid, and it's safe to say that your parents won't enjoy paying...
Post-college plans
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Hahahahaha.... No idea. I'm thinking about law school, but honestly who knows at...

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