B.S., Mechanical Engineering
Born and raised in Maine, moved to DC for school.
Features Included


Hometown Bangor
EthnicityWhite Non-Hispanic
AdmissionRegular Decision
Class of2018
English First Language Yes
Other Language(s) Spoken French

Results, Essays, and Advice

Waitlisted or Withdrew
  • George Washington University (Washington, DC)
  • University of Chicago (Chicago, IL)
  • McGill University (Montreal, Canada)
  • Tufts University (Medford, MA)
  • Vanderbilt University (Nashville, TN)
  • Northwestern University (Evanston, IL)
  • University of Maine (Orono, ME)
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George Washington University (Washington, DC)

Applied for a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering

Accepted and Enrolled Legacy: No

School Specific Essays

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Personal Statement
664 Words
Place you’re content
Prompt: Describe a place or environment where you are perfectly content. What do you do or experience there, and why is it meaningful to you? My Synagogue One of the places that has remained consistent throughout my life is my synagogue. A lot of things have changed throughout my life: I have switched schools, made new friends, and evolved mentally and physically. My synagogue, however, has stayed almost the same and has been a kind of refuge from the outside...
Supplemental Essay Unique question posed by school
625 Words
In a famous quote by José Ortega y Gasset, the Spanish philosopher proclaims, "Yo soy yo y mi circunstancia" (1914). José Quintans, master of the Biological Sciences Collegiate Division at the University of Chicago, sees it another way: "Yo soy yo y mi microbioma" (2012). You are you and your..? You are you and your actions. This is a sentiment that has held true throughout history, from traditional Jewish values to the existentialists of the 1900s. There is a reason that this...
Supplemental Essay Diversity statement
265 Words
(Clarkson) I defy convention by embracing my religion and, to an extent, doing what I want. I was one of the only Jews in my middle school; within my eighth grade graduating class of around 60 kids, I was the lone Jewish one. In my senior class of 120 kids this year, I'm the only Jewish one. I've gotten used to it, though. I don't really feel the need to blend in. I go to religious school, and I've noticed a lot...
Supplemental Essay “Why us” school essay
368 Words
Please tell us what excites you about being a member of the GW community. (500 word limit) Out of all the campuses I toured, George Washington University’s campus was the most intriguing. I love the constant movement of people throughout the streets that make up the campus, and the proximity to some of the most important buildings in downtown DC. I’ve grown up in a semi-rural town in Maine, but I’ve always liked cities, and ever since my...
Supplemental Essay “Why us” school essay
113 Words
Tufts is exactly what I want in a university. The location is perfect: I won’t have to adjust to living in the middle of a huge city, but it’s close enough to Boston that I could easily take day trips in. I know Tufts has an excellent medical school, which means the biomedical engineering program will be top notch. I also like the emphasis on being well-rounded: I know I’ll be able to take some English classes...
Supplemental Essay Unique question posed by school
276 Words
(Tufts) Boston is famous for its teams, its fans and its rivalries. Whether you are goaltending or cheering from the stands, celebrate the role sports plays in your life. (200-250 words). Sophomore year was a rough year for my hockey career. I started the season on junior varsity; through hard work I managed to work my way up to varsity, and even started to get some playing time. Eventually, I even got to start in a few games. About halfway...
Supplemental Essay Unique question posed by school
277 Words
(Tufts) There is a Quaker saying: “Let your life speak.” Describe the environment in which you were raised – your family, home, neighborhood or community – and how it influenced the person you are today. (200–250 words). I was raised in a small town in Maine. Throughout my life, I’ve been involved with small communities. My middle school graduating class was around 60 students, and my senior class this year has only 120 students. I also attend religious school, where it is me and,...
Supplemental Essay Unique question posed by school
261 Words
Vanderbilt Supplemental Essay Please briefly elaborate on one of your extracurricular activities or work experiences. Sophomore year was a rough year for my hockey career. I started the season on junior varsity. Through hard work I managed to work my way up to varsity, and started to get some playing time. Eventually, I got to start in a few games. About halfway through the year, I got steamrolled behind my own net, sustained a concussion, and was out for the...
Supplemental Essay “Why us” school essay
246 Words
How does the University of Chicago, as you know it now, satisfy your desire for a particular kind of learning, community, and future? Please address with some specificity your own wishes and how they relate to UChicago. I, like so many other people, want to do something great. Out of all the colleges I’m applying to, University of Chicago is the one I feel can best help me accomplish this and give me the campus experience I want. I...
Supplemental Essay “Why us” school essay
334 Words
(Uchicago) Share with us a few of your favorite books, poems, authors, films, plays, pieces of music, musicians, performers, paintings, artists, blogs, magazines, or newspapers. Feel free to touch on one, some, or all of the categories listed, or add a category of your own. “So it goes.” This is the quote that drives Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five. I read this book during sophomore year, and it is by far the most interesting book I’ve read during high-school. I think...
Additional Essay Details
80 Words
You can see I wrote numerous essays over the course of my college admissions experience. I included essays for schools I was accepted to and essays for schools I was rejected from. The Uchicago essays are by far my strongest. You can see that I forced/tacked on the taoism idea to the Tufts/Vanderbilt apps; this was, in retrospect, a mistake. Essays are better when they aren't contrived or trying too hard to be different without any real substance.

General Admissions Advice

List of schools I interviewed with and my interview experience
760 Words
Interviewing is one of the things I would do differently if I had the chance. Everyone says that it's not a huge deal and can only help you, and I found this to be (for the most part) true. I only interviewed for three schools: University of Chicago, Vanderbilt, and Clarkson (a phone interview for the honors program). The interviews for University of Chicago and Vanderbilt both went well, but the phone interview with Clarkson didn't go so well. I honestly think the Uchicago interview is a big reason I was admitted to the university. I had an excellent conversation...

High School Performance

Weighted GPA
Top 5%
High School TypeOther Private
Academic Performance in High School Steady

Test Scores

Highest ACT
ACT Score Details
ACT Prep
Highest SAT
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Converted SAT Score1440
Other SAT Scores
SAT Prep

AP / IB Classes and Scores

Details6 classes and scores


SportsHockey, Golf, Sailing


ActivitiesSchool Band, School Newspaper/Magazine/Journalism, Debate Club/Team, Admissions or Post-Acceptance Committee, National Honor Society
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