B.S., Public Health
I am a second-year double major in Biology and Political Science at Yale.
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Hometown Tampa, Florida
Class of2021
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Results, Essays, and Advice

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Yale University (New Haven, CT)

Applied for a B.S. in Public Health

Accepted and Enrolled Legacy: No

School Specific Essays

   “Now just observe what’s going on,” called the department head, “and take notes if you see anything interesting.” I stood wide-eyed in the ICU hallway as oxygen masks hissed and trolleys squeaked. Doctors and nurses rushed about, charts rustling and keyboards clacking. Amid the chaos, I noticed a group of doctors speaking animatedly as they exited an “Isolation” room. A giant sanitizer dispenser on the wall, surrounded by posters and red arrows, reminded them to wash up. As an...
Personal Statement
627 Words
Art/acting/singing, Ethical dilemma
On the ride home from my first regional Congressional Debate tournament, I rubbed my hands together in anticipation. A shiny third place trophy glinted next to me. Oh boy, feedback time. I glanced at the crinkled envelope in my lap and bit my lip nervously. Slowly, I peeled back the flap, keen to see the raw, unfiltered critiques. “Histrionic? Overly assertive?” How was this possible? Just the day before, my captain advised me to challenge my competitors with a bit...
Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
663 Words
There is something terrifyingly beautiful, almost poetic, about a virus. After holding an amber-encased Ebola sample at science fiction author Richard Preston’s lecture, I yearned to learn more about what diseases mean for our world. The threat of an epidemic had always seemed so distant, yet there I was, with a deadly organism in my hands. At Cornell’s College of Human Ecology (CHE), I’ll be able to explore my interests in public health through research and community...
Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
308 Words
Strolling through Butler Library after my tour, I saw students reading and speaking quietly. The silence was broken by two classmates animatedly discussing Copernicus’s heliocentric theory. Interested, I slowed down as I passed. “Well? What do you think?” I turned around...they had asked me. For me, creative and inclusive discussion is the most important component of Columbia's Core Curriculum. With all of my peers taking similar introductory courses, regardless of their majors, I look forward to hearing distinct...
Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
100 Words
At Yale, I will build the academic foundation to generate progressive health policy. Through Yale’s Global Health Studies Institute, I can explore my passion for infection prevention and healthcare access. Field research opportunities will allow me to apply my classroom knowledge, while hands-on experiences with NGOs will enable me to view policymaking up close. Moreover, I'll challenge myself intellectually with Devane Lectures and graduate courses at the School of Public Health. I also plan to join Yale Debate Association –...
Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
664 Words
I never thought I’d see my mother in an Ebola hazmat suit. The threat of an epidemic had always seemed so distant, yet there I was, watching her pull on the yellow hood in preparation for a potential patient. Wanting to understand the ramifications of such outbreaks, I began shadowing doctors in my local hospital’s Infectious Disease department, where I conducted research on preventative policies. Holding a sample of amber-encased Ebola, I wondered about the extraordinary feats of...
Supplemental Essay: Diversity statement
102 Words
There’s an unspoken understanding among women and minorities in Congressional debate: we’re an almost nonexistent group at the national level. Debate culture remains predominantly male, to the extent that at my very first tournament, judges criticized my “feminine voice.” My initial reaction was to mimic successful male contestants; however, when I connected with peers facing similar criticisms, we realized we needed to pursue our own potential. To enhance our existing strengths, we trained to speak with genuine conviction...
Supplemental Essay: Issue of personal significance
155 Words
My bedside table nearly collapsed last year, crushed by a teetering stack of books. My thirst for gaining knowledge, unquenched by biophysics and the Hapsburg dynasty, stems from the excitement of discovery. Learning gives me a sense of joy and fulfillment, propelling me to take in even more. When I process new ideas, I use them to solve problems and view the world through a new lens. At FSU’s Young Scholar’s Program, I translated classroom knowledge into research....
Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
516 Words
When I first held an amber-encased Ebola sample, I yearned to learn more about what diseases mean for our world. After an animated discussion with author Richard Preston following his lecture, I watched him pull out the seemingly innocuous yellow block from his pocket. The threat of an epidemic had always seemed a safe distance away, but here was one of the world’s most potent diseases in my bare hands. There was something terrifyingly beautiful, almost poetic, about the...
Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
415 Words
I never thought I’d have the world’s most potent disease in my bare hands. Meeting with author Richard Preston and holding his amber-encased Ebola sample, I realized that the threat of an epidemic was not so distant after all. There I was, admiring the terrifyingly poetic beauty of the virus. Staring at the yellow block, I yearned to understand what diseases meant for our world. This experience solidified my desire to study the multifaceted contexts of health. I...
Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
259 Words
Holding an amber-encased Ebola sample, I yearned to learn more about what diseases mean for our world. At Boston University, I’ll be able to study the behavioral basis of health while immersing myself in research and community involvement. I plan to major in Behavioral Biology and minor in Public Health, an interdisciplinary course that will provide me with the foundation needed to effect future health policy. Taking classes beyond the biological scope, like “Primate Evolution and Anatomy,” I’ll...
Supplemental Essay: Strong beliefs/principles
415 Words
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 never thought I’d hold a deadly virus in my hands. After meeting with author Richard Preston following his lecture, I watched in awe as he pulled an amber-encased Ebola sample from his pocket. I...
Supplemental Essay: Issue of personal significance
298 Words
In eighth grade, I decided to read what I believed was a science fiction novel titled The Hot Zone. It turned out to be a real account of the development of Ebola and its eventual outbreak in an American town. Though reading about the diseasewas frightening, the author’s description of the virus piqued my interest in Evolutionary Biology and public health. When I met the author at my school and held an amber-encased Ebola sample in my bare hands,...
Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
154 Words
I’m drawn to the Columbia Debate Society because it inspires thoughtful analysis of world affairs, most notably through public debates and middle school outreach programs. My four years of Congressional debate have led me to firmly believe in the importance of discourse. I mentor female debaters, helping them to overcome systemic biases by empowering them to embrace their personal debate style. At Columbia, I hope to work for the inclusion of all viewpoints, specifically those of women, by actively...
Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
259 Words
After disease author Richard Preston’s lecture, as I held an amber-encased Ebola sample in my hands, I yearned to learn more about the significance of diseases in our world. I’m excited to further explore my interest in health policymaking and research experience through the incredible interdisciplinary education, research, and service opportunities available at George Washington University. One of my most significant bills that I authored for national Congressional Debate competitions addressed health NGOs in Nigeria; I combined my...
Supplemental Essay: Issue of personal significance
408 Words
On the weekends, I’m not X—I’m Senator X. I know Robert’s Rules of Order by heart, and I’ve perfected the art of tapping a gavel to the tenth of a second. Whether it’s discussing the funding of air-strikes on Bashar al-Assad or amending the Dodd-Frank act, I’m someone with a duty to my constituents and my decision has real consequences. Four years of Congressional Debate have taught me to think critically about contemporary...

School Specific Advice

List of schools I interviewed with and my interview experience
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I interviewed for Georgetown, Vanderbilt, Brown, Harvard, UPenn, etc. My tip is look professional, prepare a resume,...
What set me apart from other applicants
56 Words
I had a narrative to tell with all of my activities- though I did research and debate,...
How to increase chances at my school
63 Words
I think Columbia's defining feature is its Core Curriculum. So I wrote about it. Here's the thing, though, a...
How to increase chances at my school
31 Words
These two schools have very specific recommendations for essays....
What might make for a good “Why Us” essay topic at my school
32 Words
It definitely helps to be a legacy here. But also,...
How to increase chances at my school
94 Words
WashU is notorious for waitlisting or rejecting applicants who may otherwise get into even higher ranked schools. I think this is for two reasons. 1) It fits a kind...

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General Admissions Advice

My advice about getting recommenders
37 Words
Make sure you pick teachers who genuinely like you as a...
What I’d change about my application process
94 Words
Start your applications EARLY, at least by June before your senior year. Or else, you'll end up struggling and drowning in applications like I did. Don't rely on...
Recommended summer activities during high school and college
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If you're interested in science, find a lab or a summer program that helps you research. Any science major will need research to be competitive. if you're into the humanities, intern with a newspaper...
Whether I used a private admissions counselor, and advice I received
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I did my applications with the help of my school guidance counselor, but I also utilized friends who were alums...
Recommended summer activities during high school and college
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Obviously, summer should be somewhat relaxing. At the same time, don't slack off. I'd recommend doing at least two really productive things; internship, job, research,...
Whether I took out loans or applied for scholarships, and my advice
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A lot of schools offered merit based scholarships automatically, so that was great. I did apply to Emory for a scholarship...
What I’d change about my application process
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I would've taken advice from less people. The more people...
What set me apart from other applicants
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I was really passionate about many things, but they all fit together in one cohesive narrative....

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